Top things to do in Munich

Germany’s largest urban palace, the Munich Residence, is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Marienplatz. Visiting throws light onto the enormous wealth and power once held by the Wittelsbach family, who ruled over Bavaria for more than 700 years.

Things to do in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Constructing the Royal Baths, between 1894 and 1897, was a huge undertaking. Baggalley and Bristowe, a firm of London-based architects, won a competition run by Harrogate Corporation. A budget of £120,000 was set aside for the building — that amount was then an enormous sum but now represents less than a week’s pay for some star footballers in England’s Premier League.Electric hydrotherapy, peat baths and mud baths counted among the range of treatments once offered to guests after consultations with the Royal Bath’s doctors.

Görlitz, Germany’s most easterly city

If you’ve seen films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Reader or Inglourious Basterds then you’ve already caught glimpses of Goerlitz. Some of the scenes that appear in those movies were filmed in Germany’s most easterly city. So to was Around The World in 80 Days, starring Jackie Chan.

11 cities that have changed their names

Saigon, formerly the capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed in honour of the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, who was the chairman of the Worker’s Party of North Vietnam between 1951 and 1969. Decades prior to that he worked in London at the Drayton Court Hotel.