A city guide to Baku

With a medieval quarter that preserves Silk Route traditions and a modern, ever-evolving core, the Azerbaijani capital is something of an enigma, even to regular visitors.

Welcome to Europe’s most confident and creative capital. Here’s what you should be experiencing in Berlin

Berlin has us hooked, so much so that we’ve dedicated our cover story entirely to the German capital. We’ll have plenty of stories coming your way throughout the month — but for now, here are 11 of the best Berlin experiences, from bunker tours to open-air swimming.


Where to stay in Bangkok

Creativity is on full display in the Thai capital and nowhere more so than in its hotels. Whether it’s with stylish antique flourishes, retro rooms or minimalist chic, Bangkok has plenty of stylish places to bed down.

Chef's table: what and where to eat in Istanbul

Chef Civan Er shares the best feasts and flavours of his hometown

Life on the longest river: sailing 140 miles along the Nile

To see Egypt from the Nile is an iconic journey. The banks of the world’s longest waterway are home to much of the country’s population, where ancient tombs are still being discovered and day-to-day life depends on its ebb and flow.

Photo story: The London tradition of pie 'n' mash

There can be few institutions more synonymous with the East End of London than pie ’n’ mash shops


A neighbourhood guide to Bristol

The city with a defiant indie spirit is reinventing its docks and downtown area, forging a link between iconic figures from its past, such as Brunel and Bluebeard, and the edgy creative energy of its present. 

Waste not: Five UK restaurants cutting down on food waste

With sustainability increasingly on the agenda, restaurants across the UK are doing more to reduce their food waste. Here are five to try

Heading to Japan for the Rugby World Cup? Here's what's happening in the host cities

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off this month, there are plenty of exciting experiences for fans heading to the host cities.

Rotterdam: Are these the rooms of the future?

From cardboard houseboats to cool campsites, the Dutch city’s new accommodation is a glimpse into the future.


Breaking Bread: coastal cuisine in Tunisia

From perfectly prepped couscous to generous helpings of harissa, Tunisian cuisine is all about colour, flavour and abundance. In the coastal town of Nabeul, a family meal becomes a feast when guests are involved — and extra helpings are inevitable.

A culinary guide to San Francisco

The City by the Bay is home to dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, yet its dining scene remains laid-back, propped up by fantastic local ingredients — and a sense of humour.

Five ways with kimchi

More than just a side, the Korean staple works in everything from soups to burgers.


Photo story: streetlife in the blue city of Jodhpur

The bright blue walls of Jodhpur are a striking, improbable contrast to the umber sands of the Thar Desert. Capital of the ancient kingdom of Marwar and the second-largest city in Rajasthan, the ‘Blue City’ has a fascinating heritage, having played a crucial role in the history of India, from the days of the Mughal Empire to the British Raj. The Jodhpur of today has a young, energetic population whose vibrance is matched only by the colour of the city walls.

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National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2019

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October 2019
Welcome to Europe's most confident and creative capital. Here's what you should be experiencing in Berlin
By National Geographic Traveller
Berlin has us hooked, so much so that we’ve dedicated our cover story entirely to the German capital
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In this issue, we're tapping into the confident, creative spirit of Berlin. Whether it’s the all-night clubs, vibrant counterculture, street art, culinary hotspots or palpable history, discover the people and places that make the German capital so unique.

We sent writers to the German city to check out everything from its elevated street food offering to its defiant graffiti, its bar crawl offerings and its street artists. They’ve come back with the reasons why Berlin is Europe’s coolest — and most confident — capital. 


Embark on the road trip of a lifetime in Chile; discover the devotional artistic traditions of the island of Bali; and spend a long weekend in Finland’s Turku Archipelago. Our photo story, meanwhile, captures the vibrant colours and myriad cultural influences of Zanzibar. Urban stories this issue include Detroit, Baku, Havana, Genoa and Krakow.

Plus free with the magazine is the latest Adventure guide, with trips inspired by the natural elements. Read about the icy landscapes of Antarctica, Ecuadorian volcanoes and a search for supper in the dense forests of Borneo. We also explore the Gheralta Mountains in Ethiopia and reveal the adventure trends to watch for 2020.

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Big Sleep Awards 2019

Exceptional service? Menus to die for? Whatever it is that truly makes a hotel special, we’re celebrating it  in our annual awards, where we reward the best new tastemakers, trendsetters and game-changers in the business.