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The latest renovation of a Budapest landmark has just been completed, with the capital's second largest concert hall - the Vigad - now reopen to the public following an opening ceremony on Friday 14th March. The reopening was said to be in line with Hungary's national holiday commemorating the 1848-49 revolution on the 16th March in a symbolic move connecting liberty and the arts.


The world's largest official cruise body, the Cruise Lines International Association, has announced that 2013 saw a record level of European cruise passengers.


When it comes to classical music, thoughts always turn to Vienna for its influential status as home to the world's most prolific composers and musicians of their time.


The iconic British supermodel Twiggy has been revealed as the prospective godmother to not one but two brand new Emerald Waterways 'Star-Ships'. The ships are due to take to the water next month, with Twiggy performing the official christening ceremony in Amsterdam.


The world's longest running art fair is preparing for its 48th edition being held next month. Art Cologne is the longest-running fair of its kind that looks to celebrate 20th and 21st century art in all its forms. Taking place next month between 10th and 13th April, the fair is in the midst of preparations to ensure all events across the city run smoothly and to plan.


While he may be better known now for his Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, film-maker Steve McQueen has long been regarded for being a Turner Prize-winning artist. Amsterdam's popular tourist attraction the Stedelijk Museum has recently acquired two works by the award-winning artist turned director which are to go on display in December later this year.


Classical connoisseurs and casual fans who appreciate great music will be in their element in Prague this year, as the city hosts numerous events to celebrate 2014 being declared the Year of Czech Music. The announcement comes as the country celebrates many significant milestones, including the Prague Symphony Orchestra's 80th anniversary of its founding in September.


The meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is a fantastic city to visit during your European river cruise. Whilst this city may not be quite as famous as some of the others in Germany, the wealth of things to do there means that no visitors will be left disappointed. If you are looking to discover the city and its historical landmarks and traditional Bavarian culture soon, but only have a matter of hours in which to do so, here are some great sights that you won't want to miss.

The renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been acknowledged for its many decades of outstanding work as a classical music ensemble with the awarding of the 2014 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. The award, which was created to honour the legendary Berlin Philharmonic conductor who gave it its name, also came with Û50,000 prize money.
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