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Tips and Articles in Germany

The forest of cranes over Potsdamer Platz signals the scale of recent changes in Berlin. But a little to the north and east, the area around Oranienburger Strasse and Rosenthaler Strasse in what was formerly East Berlin has been undergoing a less ...
CAIRO Khan el-Khalili To my mind, the word exotic was invented for the Middle East and its grand bazaars, consummate merchants, and sensuous honeyed sweets (with names— "ladies' thighs," "lovers' navels"— that hark back to the good old harem days)...
Aesop has led us to believe that those who plan (the ants) fare better than those who don't (the grasshoppers). But the Web has changed everything; and when it comes to travel, those who wait often get the better fares. Last year, in an effort to ...
London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated with United Designers' Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick—who styled the interiors of Dublin's Claren...
See our Where (and How) to Go Dancing with the Stars slideshow. Planning a trip to Brazil and want to dance the samba like a local?One famous dancer can help: “Practice near a puddle,” says Lance Bass. “Step up and over it before going down into ...
Climbing up the spiral stairs and through a stone tower to our room, we notice a passageway. “Where do you suppose it goes?” asks my wife, Sandra, as she signals me to follow her. We emerge atop a medieval parapet. On our left is the steeply banke...
Only four years ago, the train trip from London to Paris was an all-day ordeal, with a ferry ride in the middle -- brightened only by the sight of Dover's white cliffs. Today you can hop a train at Waterloo Station in London, arrive at Paris's Gar...
A well-scrubbed complex of cafés, boutiques, galleries, and nightclubs rises from a sea of scaffolding in Mitte, the historic district in what was once East Berlin. Called the Hackesche Höfe, the complex was restored in the early 1990's in the hop...
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 (city center), Gothic bell towers and Renaissance spires speed past my window and are soon rep...
Sleep For an affordable alternative to the luxury palaces off Potsdamer Platz, check into one of Berlin’s new boutique hotels, such as the Dorint Sofitel am Gendarmenmarkt (50-52 Charlottenstrasse; 49-30/203-750; www.dorint.com; doubles from $375...
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 group of ‘80s revival, thrift-shop girls on their way to a party that’ll be DJ’d by a transvestit...
Beijing The 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-yard lap pool, two indoor tennis courts, a 256-yard jogging and rollerblading track, and mor...
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 18th century, these panoramic cityscapes depict Dresden in all its Baroque splendor. Paradoxical...
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 fastidiousness serves two functions: it elevates the mundane to the level of art and immediately puts ...
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 his beans will attest, the perfect café is a lot more than the sum of its parts: a tingling dos...