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Readers’ travel photo competition: December – win a trip to Costa Rica

Have you taken a travel shot – ideally with a camera, not a phone – that tells a great story or captures a fleeting mood? If so, enter our competition and be in with a chance of winning a wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels

There is no theme this year: we are just looking for stunning travel shots, whether it’s a beautiful landscape, poignant portrait or a candid street scene.

We’ll choose and publish a selection of our favourites, and the winning image for the month will receive a £200 voucher that can be used against an Exodus Travels holiday.

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The best city breaks in Germany: readers’ travel tips

Reisling and Romans, baroque and bratwurst … our tipsters point to alluring cities from Bavaria to the Hanseatic northern ports – but sidestepping Berlin – taking in great food, museums, spas and bars
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One of Bavaria’s oldest cities, Augsburg is a delightful base for a cycling journey on the “Romantic road” or a relaxed city break. Visit the Fuggerei, Europe’s most venerable social housing project, founded by the Fugger banking dynasty in the 16th century. Residents are charged only a nominal rent provided they attend mass daily – just as in the 1500s. The Brechthaus in the old artisan quarter of Lechviertel is the birthplace of Bertolt Brecht and offers insights into the great playwright, poet and director’s Augsburg youth, US exile and uneasy relationship with the GDR after eventually taking up residence in East Berlin. Enjoy hearty portions of knödel (dumplings) and spätzle (soft egg noodles) at Bauerntanz on Bauerntanzgasschen for around €25 a head. The Hotel Riegele, opposite the railway station, is comfortable, moderately priced (doubles €92 B&B) and a short stroll from the city centre.
Brian Weston

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