Discover Düsseldorf

Not unlike Cologne some 40-odd kilometres up the Rhine, the glamour days of the Düsseldorf art scene were in the 1970s and ’80s. Like its near neighbour, Düsseldorf lost many artists and galleries to the ‘brain drain’ which sucked them east after 1989 to the reanointed capital, Berlin, drawn by cheap rents and new possibilities.

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The Ludwig Museum is directly behind Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral, Germany’s most popular visitor attraction.qThe Ludwig Museum is directly behind Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral, Germany’s most popular visitor attraction.

Cologne-ialism

COLOGNE Cologne is best known for its soaring Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage Site and Germany’s most popular attraction with 6.5 million visitors a year. Look out for the Gerhard Richter-designed window in the south transept, which consists of over 11,000 coloured squares of glass. Starting in the 1960s, Cologne became the art capital of

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Bank on Luxembourg

It may be known mainly for its financial institutions and EU offices, but Luxembourg is also the ideal city break destination for art-lovers.

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Leeuwarden I Cultural Capital

With an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most possible spellings of its name, Leeuwarden in Friesland in the north of Holland is the focal point for the region and its eleven main towns, where over 60 projects will celebrate the European Capital of Culture ethos of culture as a medium for change.

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Stijl-ish Netherlands

In 2017, Holland celebrated 100 years of ‘De Stijl’ (The Style), considered the country’s most important contribution to 20th century culture.

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ROTTERDAM MAKES IT HAPPEN

Rotterdam is an atypical Dutch city. Emerging from its bombed out WWII ruins – reconstruction began just two weeks after the war ended, although the ‘fire boundary’ is still marked today by small lights in the pavement in the shape of red flames –  rather than rebuilding in the image of its past, the city made a clean break with it and opted for modern architecture, with light, air and space the watchwords.

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Miami I Art Museums

The days of Miami’s ‘cocaine cowboys’ and Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas battling it out with hoodlums MTV-style in ‘Miami Vice’ are long gone, and a once drug-crazed city is slowly emerging as an internationally respected cultural centre.

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Miami I Art Deco District

In the fabled South Beach, a 10-mile long barrier island separated from Downtown Miami by Biscayne Bay, the Art Deco District boasts over 800 buildings erected between the 1920s and ’40s.

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Miami I Street Art

These days, the Miami art scene is as much about what’s on the streets as it is about museums and galleries. A visit to the Wynwood Art District should disavow any art-lover of the notion that street art is not ‘real’ art.

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All at sea I The Floating Art Gallery

One of the world’s finest contemporary art galleries can be found in Amsterdam. Or Barcelona. Or Monte Carlo. Or Lisbon or Copenhagen or Tallinn or St. Petersburg or Helsinki or Stockholm or… Wait, you ask, it’s in all these places? Well, yes, if Holland America Line’s magnificent cruise ship Koningsdam happens to be in port.

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Nantes | Bon voyage!

The Sunday Times’ description of Nantes as ‘the loopiest city in France’ belies a serious strategy: to reinvent a city through art and culture. In Nantes this has been a roaring success. From being laid low in the 1980s by the collapse of its ship-building and freight industries, it has emerged as a fun and creative city revitalised by cultural tourism.

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Vilnius | Looking Ahead

While its national art museums celebrate native-born artists of the past, Vilnius also has a clutch of contemporary galleries revealing more recent talents.

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South Tyrol | Wandering Spirits

Italy’s largest and most northerly province, South Tyrol derives its uniqueness from the fusion of Austrian and Italian cultures which influences the design, architecture, cuisine and language of the region.

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Helsinki | Fine Finnish

Helsinki is the fastest growing capital in the EU, and Finland’s cool capital is a hot destination for visitors, with enough art attractions to pack a city break.

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Berlin | Going Up

With around 450 galleries presenting over 6,000 artists a year in 3,000 exhibitions, Berlin has the biggest art scene in Europe.

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Budapest | Hungarian Rhapsody

One of the world’s finest national galleries in one of the finest buildings ever to host one. A cutting edge contemporary art museum which took root even before regime change.

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Acropolis Museum

Athens | Back to the Future

Athens is Europes oldest city, and it is no surprise that its art museums are dominated by its ancient past. More surprising perhaps is its enduring influence on modern masters.

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Oh, Vienna!

Few city names in the world are as evocative as Vienna. The birthplace of dynamic artistic and intellectual movements, the city of Haydn, Klimt, Freud, Strauss and a host of others (including Beethoven, who called Vienna home for the last 30-odd years of his life) was for a century or more the centre of European cultural life.

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Amsterdam | The Big Picture

Holland boasts the most art activity per capita than any other country in the world. In Amsterdam, it is estimated that museum visitors have doubled in the last ten years.

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