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Boats beers and beautiful Bruges

Boats, beers and beautiful Bruges

It won't take long to discover why Bruges' is Belgium's most visited cit. It is remarkably clean, it has two of the country's most beautiful squares and, by taking a short canal trip, you can see the entire city in a day.

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City of style

City of style

Slick, sleek, and über-cool, Milan is one of the most stylish cities in the world. It also has some of the world's best-known masterpieces and cathedrals making it the perfect destination for shopping as well as sightseeing.

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Beer glorious beer

Beer, glorious beer

Attended by over 6 million people every year, Oktoberfest is the world's largest public festival. It is also one which, unashamedly, celebrates nothing but the art of drinking beer. Make your way to the 'beerfest' and you will encounter every type of emotion beer causes.

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The Best of Brussels

The Best of Brussels

It's hard to associate the Belgian capital with any one attribute. This is the city famous for art nouveau architecture, beer, the European Union, chocolate...the list goes on and on.

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Home to the rich famous and budget traveller

Home to the rich famous and budget traveller

Located on France's affluent Côte d'Azur, Nice has a surprising amount of backpackers and budget travellers adorning its beaches, promenades, restaurants and bars.

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A city growing in popularity by the minute

A city growing in popularity by the minute

Germany is a high-profile tourist destination in 2006 thanks to the World Cup taking place there this summer. One city to benefit from this is the capital Berlin which seems to get more and more popular every minute.

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City of palaces castles and baths

City of palaces, castles and baths

Divided into the 'Buda' and 'Pest' sides by the River Danube, Budapest is a city of palaces, castles and baths.

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A city where you will need a siesta

A city where you will need a siesta

As backpackers are a breed of traveller that like to soak up as much culture as they can during the day and party as hard as they can that night, Madrid is the perfect city to visit. If you go, just make sure to put away an hour for a siesta.

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Tale of a classic Italian city

Tale of a classic Italian city

With its renowned art galleries and bustling squares, Florence is a classic Italian city. But there is more to the city than paintings and squares as, thanks to 20,000 American students who move there every year, it is a city which comes alive after dark.

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Queens Day

Queens Day - The Day the Netherlands Goes Loco!

Every year on April 30th the Netherlands goes loco for the entire day. Decked in his orange jumper (everyone wears orange), Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty went to see what all the fuss was about.

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Budding architects take note

Budding architects take note

Capital of Catalunya, Barcelona has enjoyed a new lease of life ever since the 1992 Olympic Games were staged there. But the thing which baffled Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty was why was it never so popular before?

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Venice anyone

Venice anyone?

Built on 117 islands and dissected by 150 canals, Venice is Italy's most enchanting city. Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty discovered that walking through its labyrinthine lanes and narrow alleys is mesmerising.

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An enchanting mix of the old and the new

An enchanting mix of the old and the new

It's a tired cliché when it comes to so many European cities, but Prague really is an enchanting mix of the old and the new. And while it isn't as cheap as it once was, it is still a lot cheaper than many cities around Europe.

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One to stick on your wishlist

One to stick on your wishlist

When Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travelled to Vienna he knew he would see some of fine architecture but he didn't realise he would witness some of the world's finest buildings. He also got a nice surprise when he found it was has a thriving nightlife, something he was told the city didn't have.

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Island hopping Stockholm

Island hopping in a city centre?

You don't need a couple of weeks to get proper enjoyment out of an island hopping holiday. Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty found out you require just three days! You just have to make sure to travel to Stockholm to do so.

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3 days in Boston

America's original city Boston

While Boston has all the trademarks of a brash American city like busy streets and towering skyscrapers, you don't need a week to explore it in full.

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Home to everything German

Home to everything German

Munich is where you will find everything German - large jugs of beer, sausages galore and men with large moustaches. But, as you would expect, there is a lot more to discover.

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<i>The</i> ultimate city

The ultimate city

Have you heard spending money in the Big Apple is too easy? Well it's true, but there are still lots of things to do for free too.

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Dublin - Tips from someone who lives there

Dublin - Tips from someone who lives there

Its not very often that travellers become tourists in the cities in which they dwell. Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty decided to put a change to all that and put Dublin, the city where he resides, to the test.

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A city like no other

A city like no other

There is so much to see around the streets of the Italian capital that if you blink you could miss some of it. Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travelled there to let you know what to keep your eyes peeled for.

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Beyond the smoke and red lights

Beyond the smoke and red lights

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travelled to Amsterdam to see what this city had to offer those who wanted to look beyond hazy coffee shops and red lights.

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Two days in Paris

Everything you expect it to be

Famous for cafés, bakeries, and one of the most instantly recognisable structures in the world, Paris is a city which needs to be seen to be believed. Hostelworld.com’s Colm Hanratty travelled there recently and while he wasn’t with that ‘someone special’, he still fell in love…with the city itself.

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London on a budget

Going to London on a budget?

When Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty was sent to London for 3 days with £120 and a to-do list which included a West End Show and the Tower of London, the words 'oh' and 'how' quickly sprung to his mind.

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Edinburgh 3 days

Three days in the Scottish capital

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty travelled to Edinburgh for three days to see exactly what he can fit into 3 days in the Scottish capital with a budget of £80.

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