Top 10 affordable hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Amsterdam

As Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam service launches, we pick great-value accommodation in this popular city-break destination

10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods to visit right now

Keeping tabs on the local trends that keep city life so exciting is difficult – see this article for some ideas.

‘People are dreaming big in Brno – the city has a real buzz’

World champion rock climber Adam Ondra started climbing when he was three, and is still inspired by the outdoors community of his home town

Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good

In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling each way outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research

The 10 best cities in the world to be a student in 2016 – in pictures

What’s the best place in the world to study? Higher education data expert QS has compiled a league table based on factors including affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects

Walkie-Talkie

Recent additions to the London skyline have not been met with universal approval. The Gherkin, or Swiss Re, was perhaps the first modern skyscraper to provoke adverse comments, but now two more buildings, the Walkie-Talkie and The Shard, have taken over the mantle of the most disliked building in London. The official name of theContinue reading “Walkie-Talkie”

Discover Petra on a virtual tour with Google Street View

Google Street View has mapped the ancient city of Petra, providing armchair travellers with a video tour of its historic sights – with commentary by Queen Rania of Jordan

Winter city breaks in Europe: Guardian readers’ tips

Snow and ice feature strongly in these Guardian readers’ winter break tips, but it’s not a complete white-out; your body temperature will be lifted by gingerbread and chestnuts everywhere, donuts in Naples, and dessert wine in Budapest

A multi-billion dollar development is transforming Toronto’s waterfront – and the city’s cultural life

The land alongside Toronto’s Lake Ontario is being developed into a new stretch of homes, restaurants, shops, farmer’s markets and cultural spaces, with the aim of reshaping it into an area of urban cool