The 10 best German Christmas markets to visit this winter

Christmas is coming and the soulless chainstores in my local shopping centre are full of festive tat. It’s at this…

5 Nov 2019

Spend the weekend in…Berlin

Berlin is one of the few metropoles whose atmosphere rivals London

8 Oct 2019

Spend the weekend in…Munich

There’s much more to Munich than Oktoberfest

9 Sep 2019

Too cool for school: beware ‘trendy’ teachers

They are not the ones we end up remembering with affection

4 Sep 2019

The scenic route: how to get around

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Whenever I return to Switzerland, for work or leisure, or a bit of both,…

27 May 2019

St. Gallen: the football city with tradition

In association with Switzerland Tourism    In the VIP suite at St. Gallen’s kybunpark stadium, overlooking the pristine pitch below,…

27 May 2019

Basel: urban art and five-star luxury

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Established in 1681 as an ‘inn for gentlemen’ and rebuilt in 1844 as one…

27 May 2019

Lucerne: through the eyes of Turner

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Lucerne’s Kunstmuseum celebrates its 200th birthday this year, and what better way to mark…

27 May 2019

Lugano: a slice of Italy in Switzerland

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Filippo Rossi loves a challenge. When he’s not reporting from warzones, he unwinds by…

27 May 2019

Geneva: the whole world on a plate

In association with Switzerland Tourism    ‘I’ve always dreamt of opening a steak house in Geneva,’ says Swiss chef Philippe…

27 May 2019

Lausanne: the culinary jack-of-all-trades

In association with Switzerland Tourism    At the Brasserie de Montbenon, over a plate of perch fresh from the lake,…

27 May 2019

Bern: the chilled-out capital where time stands still

In association with Switzerland Tourism    In most capital cities being a bicycle courier is a stressful occupation, but in…

27 May 2019

Montreux Riviera: the mother of all wine festivals in Vevey

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Light, delicate and fruity — Swiss wine is one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, and…

27 May 2019

Winterthur: Compact, cultural and charming

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Arriving in Winterthur on a commuter train from Zurich, you’d never guess this compact…

27 May 2019

Zurich: art and the city

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Outside the University of Zurich, a short walk from the city centre, there’s a…

27 May 2019

Get lost in Germany’s Black Forest

At first it was hard going, uphill all the way, but at last I got my second wind, just as…

13 May 2019

David Bailey: the man behind the lens

From The Beatles to Andy Warhol, William Cook meets the architect of some of the most iconic portraits of the sixties

20 Feb 2019

A 21st century Grand Tour of European art

Here are a series of weekend breaks to Europe’s finest galleries to reinvent the Georgian grand tour for the modern era

12 Feb 2019
Jackie Stewart in his Formula 1 heyday

Jackie Stewart: Why I’m haunted by Formula 1 deaths

The racing legends is proud of his 27 Grands Prix victories — but even prouder of saving countless younger drivers’ lives

28 Nov 2018

Sean Scully: ‘Fatherhood has given my art a new lease of life’

The prolific artist on how doing the school run in his 70s has brought a fresh dynamism to his work

3 Oct 2018

Salzburg Festival: High-brow culture in a historic city

The annual celebration of theatre, opera and classical music is the perfect excuse to visit a stunning corner of Austria

12 Jul 2018

Sir Peter Blake interview: ‘I’m a jobbing artist, a journeyman’

The Pop Art pioneer chats to William Cook about childhood, the importance of drawing and teaching Ian Dury

4 Jul 2018

The art that got away

Throughout history, masterpieces have been stolen or destroyed, but it’s the ones that vanish which hold a special fascination

13 Jun 2018

Vienna: A modern city with history at its heart

The Austrian capital is a stunning place to visit – and without the crowds of Europe’s major cities

12 Jun 2018

Anton Mosimann interview: ‘I’m proud to be a chef’

The legendary Swiss chef on bread and butter pudding, cooking for prime ministers and why swearing is banned in his kitchen

1 May 2018

Leiden: The eccentric city that’s worth leaving Amsterdam for

One of the Netherlands’ hidden gems is only a short hop from the capital

11 Apr 2018