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Rail route of the month: Slavic magic on a gentle trip to Zakopane, Poland

Our slow travel expert discovers the legacy of popes and revolutionaries on a trip south from Kraków to the resort town in the Tatra MountainsNine trains leave Kraków each weekday to climb up to Poland’s premier mountain retreat, Zakopane. In 1936, the fastest trains to Zakopane took under 2½ hours. Almost a century later, after infrastructure renewal...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 09:21
An eco-friendly stay at ‘the quietest ski village in Austria’

In the hamlet of Fontanella in the Grosses Walsertal valley, ‘leave-no-trace’ pop-up chalets offer an alternative for skiers looking for a back-to-nature stay in the AlpsOn a steeply pitched road in Grosses Walsertal valley, it was snowing – heavily – as if the heavens had shattered. I was two hours west of Innsbruck, deep in the Alps in midwinter,...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 09:41
Tell us about your favourite European garden – you could win a holiday voucher

Some gardens and parks are at their best in spring – share details of your favourite. The best tip wins £200 towards a Coolstays breakIt’s the time of year when nature is waking up across Europe, with great gardens and parks coming into bloom. From multi-coloured tulip displays in Dutch gardens, to cherry blossoms in parks in Germany or freshly verdant...

Mon Feb 19, 2024 19:38
Blooming lovely: 12 of the UK’s best gardens to visit in early spring

From an 18th-century orangery in Manchester to a sunken fern garden in the Highlands, here are 12 places to get your floral fixIn the midst of winter with its low grey skies, the scents and colours of embryonic spring are a welcome morale booster. These gardens will offer spectacular views over the coming months, as banks of delicate snowdrops, and...

Mon Feb 19, 2024 09:11
Right to Rome: why spring is the best time to visit the Italian capital

It’s warm enough to sit outside cafes and bars, and visiting before the crowds arrive in summer means that the queues are shortForget Paris in spring: Rome is both warmer and cooler in the first few months of the year. The locals are in their winter black rollneck jumpers, accessorised with equally noir-ish sunglasses. With an average of 17C by March,...

Sun Feb 18, 2024 09:23
‘Time for dreaming’: five writers on the slow travel joys that bring them peace

Turning off the phone and focusing on wild camping, sailing, foraging, fishing or beachcombing puts our authors in a state of mindfulnessI was deep in the folds of the mountain of Tryfan when it first happened. When time seemed to stop ticking at the breakneck pace it always does when I’m sitting at laptop, working on a deadline. Instead of blue light...

Sat Feb 17, 2024 14:13

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