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Postcards from around the World

Our reviewers are keen to share their knowledge of the very best culture and food their city has to offer. Read on to discover insider's tips about where to eat and drink, which opera houses, concert halls, museums and galleries you should visit in order to get the very best out of each city.

Postcard from Paris

The Eiffel Tower by night © Mark Pullinger
In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat. 

Postcard from Vienna

Drinks at the Schweizerhaus © Clemens Pfeiffer | Wikicommons
Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.

Postcard from St Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman - Peter the Great © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
With great music, exceptional palaces and unique architecture, if you have any pretensions to knowing the great cities of the world, Saint Petersburg just has to be on your bucket list.

Postcard from Madrid

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937 © Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Read a postcard from Madrid, highlighting the city's top galleries and museums.

Postcard from Sydney

View of Sydney Downtown from Taronga Zoo © Clara Colotti
Sydney, a city offering a cultural life, architectural pearls immersed in stunning natural landscapes. Reviewer Jeremy Eccles is our insider. Read his tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.

Postcard from Bergen

Brygge © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
A quick tour around the fjords, medieval buildings, art and music of Norway's second city - and perhaps the world's most beautifully set recital hall, at the Edvard Grieg Museum.

Baden-Baden, past and present

Trinkhalle © Christoph Wurzel
Berlioz and Brahms, Bartoli and Rattle: Names from Baden-Baden's rich musical history and names that grace the festival city's musical life today. Past and present – in Baden-Baden one often flows into the other.

Postcard from Berlin

The Nikolaiviertel district © Manecke | Wikicommons
From pearly music venues to countless architectural gems, vibrant Berlin is anything but staunchly Teutonic. Here's Clara Colotti's run-down.

Postcard from New York City

New York grime in Times Square © Wikicommons
New York City is so packed with delectable curiosities that its inhabitants are prone to cases of FOMO (fear of missing out). Reviewer Rebecca Lentjes is an insider. Read her tips and squeeze the most out of your visit.

Postcard from Zurich

Zurich © Zürich Tourism
In Zurich for some culture? Here is reviewer Sarah Batschelet's insider's guide on what to see and where to eat.

Postcard from Wrocław

Old Town Hall © Urząd Miejski Wrocławia Biuro Promocji Miasta i Turystyki
The hardest task facing foreign visitors to the fascinating Polish city of Wrocław is how to pronounce it. 

Barcelona: the best of music, art and food

Skylight at Palau de la Música © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
We take you on a quick spin round Barcelona's magnificently rebuilt opera house, world class concerts, the architecture of Gaudí, the art of Miró, Picasso, Casas – with some tips for the gastronomic scene.

Postcard from Zagreb

Croatian National Theatre © Zagreb Tourist Board
Zagreb is a gem of a city and feels in many ways like a mini-Vienna. Read Jonathan Sutherland's guide to what to do and see. 

Postcard from Leeds

Chimneys and spires in Leeds © Tim Green | Wikicommons
Leeds is a cultural powerhouse of The North. Here are Richard Wilcocks' tips for pubs, architecture and a rich musical heritage.

Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

Canal boat © Jenny Camilleri
When you stroll through the Rijksmuseum, 17th-century burghers peer at you, self-assured and dressed soberly, mostly in black. The first impression these portraits of the superrich give is that their subjects did not much care for ostentatious display.

Art and classical music in Tokyo

Suntory Hall © David Karlin
Tokyo's array of culture is so extensive and diverse that it can bewilder a first time visitor. Here's our guide to how to start enjoying one of the world's great artistic cities.

Memories from Italy: Trentino and the Dolomites

Pale di San Martino © Matteo Zanvettor
It is with the evening “alpenglow” that the visual show becomes most striking. An imposing mass of rock overlooks pastures echoing with the sound of cowbells, lighting up in ochres and purples, and then extinguished in the darkening night. Trentino has a rich natural and cultural heritage, and music resounds through its valleys.

Postcard from Los Angeles

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion © Visitor 7 | Wikimedia Commons
Take a stroll on probably the most famous beach in the world or choose between a large variety of cultural performances. Read Jaime Robles' guide for a must do and see. 

Postcard from Valldemossa, Majorca

Chopin's Piano © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The site of Chopin and George Sand's unhappy winter – still containing Chopin's Pleyel "pianino" – makes for a delightful short visit.

Postcard from Seoul, Korea

Myeongdong at night © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Cold soju, warm people, old history, new stuff: our first trip to Korea fascinates.

Postcard from Dublin

The Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin © William Murphy, via Wikimedia Commons
Situated on the sea, Dublin has a rich cultural past and a lively social scene making for a very pleasant visitation. Just don't forget to pack the umbrella! 
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