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Germany's rail system is a great way to tour the country. It's cheap. It's (usually) punctual. And it has amazing views

European history

Rare Roman headstone uncovered in England

Rare Roman headstone uncovered in England

Discovered facedown at a dig in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the tombstone has spectacular inscriptions on the front
Gallery: 1,000 'Vikings' descend on Europe's biggest fire festival

Gallery: 1,000 'Vikings' descend on Europe's biggest fire festival

The Up Helly Aa celebration proves that where's there's smoke, there could be a horde of dressed up, torch-carrying Scots close behind
Tracking history's most prolific female mass murderer

Tracking history's most prolific female mass murderer

Four hundred years after the death of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, her murderous exploits prove a grisly attraction
6 haunting battlefields of Scotland

6 haunting battlefields of Scotland

Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" renditions of Scotland's most famous battles are a sorry substitute; the real stories are far better and far bloodier
Antonio Ruggerino: Sydney's vintage poster king

Antonio Ruggerino: Sydney's vintage poster king

The art collector's search for pre-war European romance turned on a single chance encounter