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Top 4 wellbeing escapes to keep you warm this winter

If you want to getaway this winter, but still want to stay toasty and warm and can’t afford a break to an exotic island, then here are some top places to go from Wellbeing Escapes.

The Matterhorn, overlooking Zermatt, provides an impressive backdrop for a spot of autumn skiing

Where to ski in autumn

Most people associate skiing with winter, but if you can't wait that long then you may be interested to hear that there are several places in Europe that start receiving significant snowfall from September onwards. Naturally, anyone who fancies a spot of alpine action at this time of year will find their options slightly limited, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as we'll explain in this guide to autumn skiing.

The world's happiest nations

The world's happiest nations

If you want to have a happy life, then go to the Nordic countries and stay away from Central African ones, according to the new World Happiness Report released by Columbia University’s Earth Institute on Monday.

Weekend destinations for skiing breaks

Weekend destinations for skiing breaks

Sometimes you just have to get away for a few days. Perhaps work has got too much, or your family is driving you up the wall. Maybe you're just fed up of the gloomy skies and prospect of non-stop rain for the next few months. Well, why not book yourself on a weekend ski break? There are loads of alpine destinations you can get to within a couple of hours on a plane, so you can leave your desk and be on the piste in no time.

Top destinations for a family ski holiday

Top destinations for a family ski holiday

It can be difficult choosing a ski resort that caters to every member of your group's requirements. That is why many parents decide to leave a family ski trip until their children are older and more proficient at snowplowing and parallel turning.

Woman drinking coffee in Vienna

Vienna coffeehouses to connect travellers with locals

The Austrian capital of Vienna is to hold monthly Coffeehouse Conversations to bring together visitors and residents.

Vienna, Austria

Last year Vienna enjoyed its best tourism year ever

Last year the Viennese tourism industry saw its best year ever with 12.3 million overnight stays in the city.

Tallinn in the snow

Cities that look better in the snow

While London may ground to a halt when the white stuff begins to fall and end up with piles of brown slush on the sides of the road, there are some cities that just look better in the snow, covered with a dusting of sparkling white. From the romantic spires of Tallinn, to chocolate-box Salzburg backed by the snowy white Alps - here are our favourites.

Would you like a kitten with your coffee?

Vienna welcomes Europe's first cat café

Sonja, Thomas, Moritz, Luca and Momo are the hosts of a new 50 seat cafe, which opened in Vienna earlier this month. But they aren't people - they're cats.

Cycling in Tirol will give you some stunning views

Top 5 cycle routes in Austria

Austria is home to some of the finest scenery in Europe, with towering alpine peaks and mountain lakes dotted around the landscape. As well as looking good in photos, this terrain is perfect for exploring by bike.

Walk the streets of ... Salzburg

Walk the streets of ... Salzburg

Follow us on a walking tour around the elegant city of Salzburg in Austria, famous for castles, composers and musicals. This 48-hour guide allows you to pack in the all the city’s main sights in a short weekend break.

Coffee with a local in Vienna

Coffee with a local in Vienna

IdealShortBreaks.co.uk heads to the elegant Austrian capital of Vienna to get the insider secrets from local Patrizia Büchele.

Visit Hallstatt on an Austrian walking break

Salzkammergut: perfect for a short walking break

If you are looking for the ideal destination for walking holidays with the whole family, Austria's lake district could tick all your boxes. The region around Salzkammergut is truly beautiful, with plenty to see and do during any short break here.

Vienna To Celebrate Gustav Klimt's Anniversary in 2012

Vienna Celebrates Gustav Klimt’s 150th Anniversary in 2012

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of iconic Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. To celebrate, several of Vienna’s museums will be holding special exhibitions dedicated to the painter – making Austria’s capital city the place to be for art lovers in 2012.

Experience Hungary on a Danube cruise

River cruises perfect for a cultural short break from the moment you step onboard

One of the best ways to pack visiting a number of great locations into a single holiday is to book a river cruise. Choose a major European waterway and you can enjoy trips to some fascinating destinations and relax in luxury while you travel between them.

See castles, cathedrals and palaces in Salzburg

Top 5 places to visit during a short break in Salzburg

Austria is among the finest destinations to visit in Europe if you enjoy history, culture and spectacular landscapes. One of the best places to experience that is in the Alpine city of Salzburg, which is a great choice for family villa holidays.

Stockholm in winter

Best winter city breaks

Some cities just do winter better than others. They know how to wrap up warm, have fun in the cold and make the most of the snow. They’re prepared; don’t come to a standstill with the smallest scattering of snowflakes and know how to do winter in style. Here is our pick of the best winter city breaks.

One of Berlin's Christmas markets

Europe’s top ten Christmas markets

The Christmas season is officially upon us and it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. What better way to get into that festive feeling, than organising a short break to one of Europe’s best Christmas markets? Here’s a list of our top ten favourites to get you started.

St Anton has the best apres-ski in Austria

Austria: The place to go for apres-ski fun and activities

Anyone who has been skiing before knows the action on the slopes is only one part of the getaway and that the socialising is every bit as important. Book ski holidays for 2012 in Austria and you can expect a mix of challenging runs and partying.

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Europe’s most laidback capitals

City breaks can bring fun, excitement and adventure and make a long weekend feel like a week long, however sometimes they’re hectic, crowded and stressful and we feel like we need another one as soon as we’ve come back! So, we’ve scoured the cities of Europe to find you the continent’s most laidback capitals so you can relax, unwind and come back from your city break feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

There are many unusual hotels in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

Due to Europe’s prominence as an upmarket and well trodden tourist destination, holidays to the continent are easy, breezy and relaxed. And while traditional package holiday hotels line the Med, boutique pads have sprung up in cultural enclaves...

Unusual hotels abound in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in an igloo? Or how about a 1970s jumbo jet? All this and more is now very possible due to a growing number of unusual hotels opening up all over the world. From treehouses to caves...

Take a holiday before your baby is born

Feature: Babymoon breaks in Europe

If you want to indulge in a bit of ‘me’ time before the pitter patter of tiny feet become the focus of all your attention (and sleepless nights become the norm!), then this could be just the thing for you! Babymoons are a relatively new phenomenon...

Choose an Alpine break for your Easter getaway

Easter delights at a five-star Austrian resort

Treat your partner to a truly luxurious Easter break with the special new package from Aurelio Lech. This two-night deal includes champagne reception, a spa treatment and a five-course gourmet dinner.

Take to the slopes in style this year

VIP luxury on an Austrian ski weekend

Treat yourself to pure luxury this year with the special three-day package at Hotel Aurelio Lech in Austria. This five-star couple's package includes helicopter transfers and a five-course dinner.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?