‘For all Vienna’s grand architecture and delightful bicycle lanes, it seems an unlikely spot to top any chart of most exciting cities.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Vienna has plenty to recommend it. At the start of the last century – as Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud and Egon Schiele prowled the coffee shops – it st(...)

Christoph Schäublin, director of foundation of the Swiss Kunstmuseum in Bern: “Works that proven or very likely to be looted art don’t as a rule come over the threshold of the Kunstmuseum Berne.” Photograph: Britta Pedersen/EPA

The Swiss Kunstmuseum in Berne has agreed to accept works from the Gurlitt family collection not suspected of being Nazi looted art. The beques(...)

Christoph Schaeublin, president of the Foundation Council of the Kunstmuseum Bern art museum, and Monika Gruetters, German state culture minister, sign an agreement  over the future of the Gurlitt Collection. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Bern Art Museum has agreed to accept artworks from a billion-euro collection from the late Cornelius Gurlitt, a recluse whose trove included maste(...)

The Wonderland sculpture by Jaume Plensa, outside the Bow Tower in Calgary. Photographs: Colin Way/New York Times

Embracing one’s inner carnivore is not an unusual thing to do in a city nicknamed “Cowtown”, but this was not your usual steak. It was pig-head mor(...)

Death metal (left) and opera: conference seeks to delve into two apparently diametrically opposed genres of entertainment. Photographs: The Irish Times

Ireland’s first major conference on performance art - covering topics as diverse as opera and death metal - is being held at Maynooth University tomor(...)

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Last July, the German weekly Der Spiegel printed a cover bearing the headline “Wir sind wieder . . . wer?” This headline was a play on words based on (...)

Policemen and forensic experts at the scene where three bodies were discovered  in Wilderswil, Switzerland today. Photograph: EPA

Three bodies have been found near a train station in a Swiss Alpine town in the canton of Bern after a shooting. A man shot his wife and child bef(...)

Swiss federal president Didier Burkhalter arrives  at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Swiss president Didier Burkhalter has said the bilateral relationship with the European Union is the best guarantor of Swiss prosperity and promised (...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

German fans at a public viewing  in Berlin. Photograph: EPA/Britta Pedersen

It’s 1am in Berlin and they’re partying like it’s 1989. Except this time it’s not the Berlin Wall that’s fallen, but a football icon that’s been smash(...)