Explore it with a local: Leeuwarden, the Netherlands’ capital of culture

The best way to see this year’s joint European Capital of Culture is to ask the residents to show you their city – for free

Hull: city guide to the 2017 UK Capital of Culture

Hull is seizing the chance to show off its cultural hotspots – and appetite for a party.

The alternative Poland on show in Wrocław

The spirit of resistance is alive and well in the post-punk underground of Wrocław, once Poland’s ‘fortress of Solidarity’ and set to be European Capital of Culture in 2016