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Berlin is having its moment. Widely considered Europe's "it" city, Berlin has cornered the market on gritty, artsy appeal. The city teems with Europe's most eye-popping art galleries, edgy nightlife, nearly 200 museums, lush parks, beer gardens and innovative restaurants.

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Milestone Hotel, London
Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

Luxury: Milestone Hotel, London

The elegant Milestone Hotel in London has individually designed rooms that range from period design to contemporary themes, like this black-and-white space featuring Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Indigo, London

Value: Hotel Indigo, London

The Hotel Indigo in London has a futuristic lobby and colorfully decorated rooms. Plus, it’s a great value hotel near London’s many hotspots. 960 1280

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Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

The famous Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris brims with Parisian style courtesy of Art Deco decor. The hotel also offers close access to the Dior Institute and high-end shopping right beyond its doors. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Value: Hotel Palm Opera, Paris

Think you can’t get the classic balcony view of the Eiffel Tower without emptying your wallet? Think again. Take in the famous Parisian vista at the minimalist-styled Hotel Palm Opera. 960 1280

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Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Luxury: The Carlyle, NYC

Known for lodging the rich and famous, the Carlyle in NYC features apartment-style rooms, classic decor and ultra-comfortable pillow top beds. 960 1280

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Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

Value: Ace Hotel, NYC

With its unconventional vintage- and music-inspired design, Ace Hotel in NYC is not only a hipster haven but a budgetista’s dream. 960 1280

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Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

Budget: Husa Paseo del Arte, Madrid

The Husa Paseo del Arte has an abundance of natural light and an inviting atmosphere. The sunny terrace and light-filled fitness center make for a cheerful stay while in Madrid. 960 1280

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Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

Luxury: Melia Madrid Princesa, Madrid

The gorgeous Melia Madrid Princesa in Madrid gives off a distinctive artsy vibe. Each spacious room was designed with meticulous detail and red accents. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Value: Hotel J, Stockholm

Give your wallet a break -- and escape from the city -- at Hotel J, a quaint and country-esque hotel just 10 minutes from Stockholm. 960 1280

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Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Luxury: Lydmar, Stockholm

Guests are attracted to the chic and modern style of Stockholm's Lydmar Hotel, where each room is uniquely decorated, with no 2 rooms alike. 960 1280

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Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

Luxury: Beverly Wilshire, LA

The iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel offers all the glamour of LA, with luxurious marble flooring, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and Rodeo Drive shopping right across the street. 960 1280

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Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Value: Hotel Angeleno, LA

Hotel Angeleno is one of LA’s best bargain hotels, with an outdoor heated pool, tidy rooms and a penthouse restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city. 960 1280

  

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

Luxury: The Setai, Miami

The Setai in Miami is nirvana on Earth, with a prime beachside location, Asian-inspired decor and gigantic rooms complete with a tub … in the living room. 960 1280

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Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

Value: Albion Hotel, Miami

One of Miami’s best-value hotels, the modern Albion Hotel is located just 2 blocks from the beach and just a few paces away from popular dining and shopping spots. 960 1280

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Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

Value: Grand City Hotel, Berlin

The contemporary Grand City Hotel Berlin Kudamm offers everything a traveler would want: fantastic location, beautiful and clean rooms, appealing public areas, and all for a steal of a price. 960 1280

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The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, features mahogany furniture, plush bedding and massive marble bathrooms like the one seen here. Guests have access to a large spa, indoor pool, sauna and fitness center. The upscale French brasserie, tea lounge, and British gentlemen’s club-inspired bar are the icing on the oh-so-delicious cake. This is definitely the frontrunner for those guests seeking a luxe experience in the German capital. 960 1280

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Hotel Sir F.K. Savigny

Hotel Sir F.K. Savigny

The ultra-modern black and white motif throughout the Sir F. K. Savigny Hotel Berlin is located in the city’s Charlottenburg neighborhood -- full of intimate restaurants and elegant shops. It’s a short walk from Ku’Damm, an area lined with upscale boutiques and designer stores. The 45 rooms are bright and modern. The outdoor garden is a major plus, but the bathrooms do lack complete privacy and food is sometimes expensive. 960 1280

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Hotel Savoy Berlin

Hotel Savoy Berlin

The historic Hotel Savoy Berlin opened its doors in 1929. Large, traditional rooms with simple bathrooms feature free Wi-Fi, coffee machines and flat-screen TVs. The elegant Charlottenburg neighborhood is home to several upscale businesses -- as well as great restaurants and shops. Plus the hotel’s on-site cigar lounge (pictured), small fitness center with sauna, reliable restaurants and rooftop terrace are all great locales to merge and acquire as you see fit. 960 1280

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Estrel Berlin

Estrel Berlin

For the business traveler with larger plans in mind, Estrel Berlin is the city’s best option. With a 15,000 square meter convention center with multiple stages, this behemoth hotel can accommodate any business trip. The Estrel has 1,125 rooms and suites, 5 restaurants, 2 bars, a summer garden and a concert venue with performances happening almost every night. The complex’s rooms are simple and modern, with solid amenities. 960 1280

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Abba Berlin Hotel

Abba Berlin Hotel

For couples seeking some peace and quiet, the Abba Berlin Hotel is a tranquil retreat located near stylish Ku’Damm. Rooms are plush and neutral, with whimsical design touches like the crystal chandelier seen here. The hotel’s chic restaurant and lounge are great spots to relax after a long day of sightseeing. The wellness center -- featuring an indoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center -- is a great addition that couples are sure to enjoy. 960 1280

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Hotel Art Nouveau

Hotel Art Nouveau

This charming, family-run B&B in Charlottenburg features 22 individually decorated rooms in a historic apartment building, complete with an antique cage elevator. Rooms at the Hotel Art Nouveau have stucco ceilings, wooden floors and a great mix of antiques and contemporary decor. The star of your stay, however, is the food. An organic breakfast buffet is served daily in the sunny breakfast room while an evening honesty bar is a great place to relax come nightfall. 960 1280

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Michelberger Hotel

Michelberger Hotel

A trendy, budget-friendly option popular with the hipster crowd, the Michelberger Hotel is set in a former warehouse in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. The hotel offers a variety of rooms that all exude an artsy vibe. It’s also known for its stylish lobby and bar with live DJs. Throw in a couple of odd extras -- a huge bird’s nest in the hotel’s garden, a foosball table off the lobby and funky accessories -- and any flannel-sporting traveler will be pleased. Visitors will enjoy the nearby East Side Gallery, Fairytale Fountain, and Karl-Marx-Allee. 960 1280

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Precise Casa Berlin

Precise Casa Berlin

While at first glance this mid-range boutique doesn’t seem family-friendly, it actually comes with quite a few perks without sacrificing style. Deluxe rooms and apartments offer a huge amount of space, kitchenettes and soaking tubs -- which means plenty of room for the tykes to play and a haven for mom or dad after bedtime. Located in Charlottenburg, the Precise Casa Berlin is in a safe, elegant neighborhood full of shops and restaurants perfect for strolling with the family. 960 1280

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Hotel Berlin Ku'Damm

Hotel Berlin Ku'Damm

With rates sometimes falling as low as $60, the Grand City Hotel Berlin Ku’Damm is an excellent option for those traveling on a budget. Quiet rooms are stylish, with flat-screen TVs, playful modern design, and updated bathrooms. Unique touches, like the jazz-themed breakfast area and lobby fireplace, make the hotel stand out from the competition. Plus, the hotel’s location close to Berlin’s best shopping is ideal. 960 1280

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Bleibtreu Hotel

Bleibtreu Hotel

If hanging with the locals is your thing, then the Bleibtreu Hotel is one of your best options in Berlin. A boutique property that has managed to ingratiate itself with its neighborhood, Bleibtreu offers a charming bistro/diner and a flower shop with an outdoor garden that is often frequented by locals. Although small, the rooms are stylish, functional, and decorated with natural materials. Some have balconies. This hotel is a great pick if you’re looking to capture that true Berlin vibe. 960 1280

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BEIJING 2008
BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.49 -- a new world record. 960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. 960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the US diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the US receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the US team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

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MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the US celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. 960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. 960 1280

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MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. 960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina Romaschkova of Russia throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won Russia's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games, where he won 4 gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The Tug-of-War was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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