City Guide

Below are our latest “Long Weekend” City Guides, penned by our destination experts. Get the low down on how to spend a wild weekend in some of the world’s best cities, from the unmissable attractions to lesser-known secrets. Each guide has tips on the best hotels, restaurants and bars in the city – and much more. For a full A-Z list of our weekend city guides click here

Cultural influences from both East and West have left their mark on Hungary’s capital, from the grand cafes of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire to neglected statues of one-time Soviet heroes. Stuart Wadsworth delves into Budapest. Centre of Europe, grand old dame of the Habsburg Empire, inventor of ‘Goulash Communism’ and, more…

In the final of a series of guides on the Caucasian capitals, our ever-roving reporter Stuart Wadsworth introduces us to Baku, an oil-rich boomtown on the Caspian sea. Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, the most populous of the three Caucasian capitals with around two million inhabitants, has come a long way…

Oft-eclipsed by its larger and more illustrious neighbours, Sasha Arms discovers that for good looks and luxury you can’t go far wrong with Luxembourg city. Discover her top tips for a city break… Tiny, picturesque and astoundingly internationalised, is how you would have to sum up Luxembourg if you were…

Stuart Wadsworth reports on Armenia’s cognac capital, Yerevan, enjoying a glass or two of brandy as he calls in on the Central Bazaar food market, the impressive Cascade steps and even a Beatles tribute bar… In the shadow of the fabled Mount Ararat, Yerevan stands at a crossroads between Asian…

With its famed tolerance of soft drugs and prostitution, Amsterdam’s hedonistic aspects have often eclipsed its homely charms, cultural treasures and ‘normal’ nightlife. Richard Tulloch takes a look at the whole picture… Lose yourself in a canal maze. Window-shop where live merchandise is lit with red neon, or duck into…