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The magical allure of Europe’s Christmas markets

Adam Jacot de Boinod, author of The Meaning of Tingo and former researcher for QI, investigates the unique appeal of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Ski: a gourmet guide to the slopes

We’re firm believers that the best way to a skier’s heart is through their tummy, so here’s our guide to ski towns where food will take centre stage this winter

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

Nine luxury hotels where pets are welcome

When it comes to holidays, why should you get all the indulgence? From dog butlers to pooch passports, Hannah Hudson reveals the hotel’s promising to give your furry friend the VIP — that’s Very Important Pet — treatment

Switzerland: Château Gütsch, Lucerne

With sweeping views over Lake Lucerne, spruced-up interiors and a top-notch restaurant, this magical hilltop castle is the stuff of modern fairy tales, says Ianthe Butt

Never too late to learn to ski?

How hard is it for a 50-something scaredy-cat to get over his fear of action holidays and try something new? Thanks to some firm persuasion from his wife, ski novice Tim Lott is about to find out in the Swiss Alps

What's your skiing stereotype?

Skiers: are you a Backcountry Clubber, Lycra Lad or Creche-test Dummy? Find out which and where should you go to enjoy the snow

Top five restaurants with a view in Zurich

A room with a view is always the best choice, even if it's only for lunch. Katherine Spenley rounds up the top five restaurants with stunning vistas in Zurich

Zurich for less

Think Switzerland is too swanky for a bargain break? Take in world-class architecture, slick Swiss design and betwitching scenery - for much less than you'd expect