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It's a crisp, sunny morning in Leipzig, and I'm on my way to Plagwitz, the heart of Leipzig's emerging art scene. As my taxi heads west from the Zentrum... Read More

SleepFor an affordable alternative to the luxury palaces off Potsdamer Platz, check into one of Berlin’s new boutique hotels, such as the Dorint Sofitel... Read More

See our slideshow of the World’s Craziest Party Towns.“Goths in black leather sit next to new-century punks with dyed Mohawks, who are talking to a... Read More

BeijingThe sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38... Read More

Get the Facts At the lofty entrance to Dresden's Old Masters Picture Gallery hangs a series of canvases by Bernardo Bellotto. Completed in the mid... Read More

The French are and always will be fussy. About smells. About food. About clothing. The very essence of a particularly Gallic kind of charm, this... Read More

Europe without cafés?As unimaginable as a house with no living room, a theater without a stage — a continent without content. And as any European worth... Read More

The bleak terrain near Germany's border with Poland seems an unlikely locale for an elegant arcadia. Yet Branitz, the fanciful estate and personal... Read More

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An hour's drive east of Hanover and two hours west of Berlin is the unimposing industrial city of Wolfsburg—a crosshatch of broad streets and squat... Read More

Every five years the art world gathers in the German city of Kassel for a sprawling and usually provocative exhibition known as Documenta. It was here... Read More

Tokyo"In the United States, people only know, like, three Japanese designers," Maiko Seki says, with a go-figure shrug.Maiko Seki is a fashion publicist... Read More

"Just before my eleventh birthday my life changed completely." My father wrote those words to my son Tommy, who had just turned 11, in a letter... Read More

The New Berlin is a giant project in progress, a city obsessed with its future and self-definition but showing no sign of a due date. From the traffic... Read More

Munich's new Pinakothek der Moderne, designed by Stephan Braunfels, is not likely to find itself on postcards. A rectangular box with a façade of... Read More

Munich has often been defined by static images from its past: the history-rich Marienplatz district; the Frauenkirche, a 15th-century Gothic church... Read More

The Arts: MusicYou've memorized the CD and seen the movie, but if the Buena Vista Social Club isn't in town when you visit Havana, where do you go for... Read More

"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of... Read More

No city embodies Germany's uneasy alliance of old and new more than its fashion and media capital, Hamburg. Part grit and part high style, Hamburg is as... Read More

What was once a bland concrete office building on the Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin's main shopping avenue, has been transformed into the Ku'Damm 101... Read More

OCCUPATION Conductor and music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia HOME BASES Fort Worth, Texas, and Auckland,... Read More

The latest train trips give you plenty of reasons to get on board. India's Deccan Odyssey (800/824-6342; www.deccan-odyssey-india.com; from $350 a night... Read More

In the same industrial corridor as the Gastwerk, Hamburg's first loft hotel, the just-launched 25 Hours Hotel is a paean to all things mod. Every detail... Read More

I'm considering a summer trip to Peru, including some trekking. How crowded is it on the Inca Trail?—D.B., Windsor, Ont.Solitude is unlikely during the... Read More

Americans now understand how architecture can occupy the center of a national psyche. We know that what we build at Ground Zero will determine how we... Read More

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