Every holiday season, visitors flock to the Christmas markets in Prague and Bratislava, where shining lights and kitschy decorations abound. But the cousin capitals have retained some of their unique local traditions.
Christmas can be expensive for young Parisians who've been hit by the economic crisis. Some of them have come up with some creative ways to save money - from DIY to second-hand. (23.12.2013)
Mulled wine is a tradition at every Christmas market in Germany and it's the perfect way to fight the winter chills. Join us on a quest for the tastiest brew - that won't leave you with a headache the next day. (23.12.2013)
It's become a tradition at the port of Hamburg. For the past 20 years, good Samaritans have been giving Christmas trees to sailors who have to be at sea over the holidays. (22.12.2013)
Despite heavy rain, thousands of Czech and Slovak troops marched through Prague in the city's biggest military parade in decades. The event celebrates a century since the founding of now long-dissolved Czechoslovakia.
The Czech Republic is not only worth a city trip to its capital. Between Prague and Pilsen tourists will find historical spa culture, rustic mountain worlds, modern architecture and traditional beer enjoyment.
In 1968, Soviet troops marched into Czechoslovakia, ending the brief, exuberant Prague Spring. The legacy of the invasion is evident in the modern-day Czech Republic — one need look no further than the prime minister.
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