The best city breaks in Germany

Riesling and Romans, baroque and bratwurst … our tipsters point to alluring cities from Bavaria to the Hanseatic northern ports – but sidestepping Berlin – taking in great food, museums, spas and bars

Winter town and city breaks: readers’ travel tips

A party vibe, sunshine, snow, shopping … our tipsters look beyond the major capitals to recommend idyllic seasonal breaks from Madeira to Romania. And yes, of course there’ll be glühwein

9 tips for winter breaks in Europe

Thermal spas in Baden-Baden, a festival in Venice, and exploring the markets in Athens – Guardian readers suggest their tips for winter holidays in Europe