Budapest Why go Hungary’s capital sparkles in winter and likes to party, so it’s a great place to see in the new year. There’s festive cheer on tap, with fairylight-strewn streets, chestnut sellers and ice-skating in City Park (the largest rink in Europe), to a backdrop of Vajdahunyad Castle. The Christmas markets on Vorosmarty Square and at the Basilica run until 1 January, with concerts, folk dancing and stalls selling mulled wine or pálinka (fruit brandy) and traditional chimney cake (cinnamon and sugar-coated dough). New Year’s Eve (Szilveszter) is celebrated with fireworks over the Danube, and it’s worth booking one of the many river cruises with dinner and DJs. Fisherman’s Bastion at Buda Castle offers a near-perfect panorama over the city (free and open 24/7, but likely to be crowded). Historic thermal baths offer respite from the winter cold (and help for hangovers). Some, like Széchenyi Baths, host hedonistic spa parties – on … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve: 10 last-minute city breaks in Europe
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The airline further announced the number of its destinations from Ukraine would grow to 18. Ryanair on September 3, 2018, handled its first flight from Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN One of Europe's largest low-cost airlines, Ryanair, on Sunday, October 28, launched flights from Kyiv's Boryspil Airport to another six cities in Europe, namely Vilnius (Lithuania), Warsaw and Bydgoszcz (both in Poland), Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain), Bratislava (Slovakia), and London (the United Kingdom). Flights to Vilnius are scheduled for Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, Ukraine's Center for Transport Strategies told UNIAN. The first flight to Vilnius departed at 13:30 Kyiv time on October 28. Flights to Warsaw will be operated four times a week, namely on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Passengers heading for Poland's capital already left at 16:30 Kyiv time on October 28. Planes leaving for Bydgoszcz depart twice a week: on Wednesday and Sunday. Their departure on October 28 is scheduled for … [Read more...] about Ryanair launches flights from Kyiv’s Boryspil airport to another six cities in Europe
In December 2015, 195 members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to "limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above preindustrial levels" in the Paris Agreement. For several cities in Europe - home to millions - the 1.5C threshold has already been reached. The 1.5C temperature increase is a global threshold and areas that are warming faster are not off-track from this goal; scientists have expected for decades that polar regions would warm more than areas closer to the equator. In Kiruna, a mining town in northern Sweden, average yearly temperatures were 3C higher in the 21st century (up to December 31st, 2017) compared to the 20th century yearly average. In Granada, Cordoba and Malaga, all Andalusian cities, the average yearly temperature in the 21st century was at least 1.5C higher than in the 20th century. In Bucharest, capital of Romania, temperatures increased by 1.4C. The increase … [Read more...] about [Visual Data] Every major city in Europe is getting warmer
Tables and chairs from cafes and bars that surround the scruffy but buzzing concrete market area, spill onto the pavements. Almost all of them are occupied by tourists, including groups of lairy 'nurses' and 'convicts', who look determined to drink the city dry as they shout their way from one drinking hole to the next. Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, plays host to an astonishing 10 million visitors a year - and most of them head for the city's Main Square or the rejuvenated Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. But these busy old streets were not always a place of such merriment. Krakow's Jewish community thrived here for more than 500 years and, by the beginning of the Second World War, had swelled to some 68,000 people, about a quarter of the city's population. Amid diabolical scenes of brutality and deprivation, that number nose-dived almost immediately after the Nazis swept into town, in September, 1939. Some 52,000 Jews were forcibly deported, suffering … [Read more...] about Krakow: Could this be the coolest city in Europe right now?
The Norwegian capital has plenty to fill the long days and light nights. Why go now? Long summer days and light nights are cause for celebration, with festivals and parades across the city. Oslo Jazz Festival (oslojazz.com) runs from Aug 12-18, with performances in concert halls, saunas and forest clearings. Connections from the UK with Norwegian (norwegian.com/uk), SAS (flysas.com/en), Ryanair (ryanair.com) British Airways (ba.com) and Finnair (finnair.com). Stay here Sleep with original artwork at fashion-forward The Thief (1) on Landgangen and wake up to glorious views of Oslo’s archipelago. Doubles from 3,890 Norwegian kroner (£362) including breakfast (telegraph.co.uk/tt-oslo/the-thief). Or save without scrimping at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret (2) in an art deco building on Storgata. Doubles from 1,206 Nkr (£112) including a respectable breakfast, afternoon tea and small evening buffet (nordicchoicehotels.com). The Thief Oslo, Norway 8 … [Read more...] about Why Oslo is the best city in Europe for long summer nights