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Continental Europe: Bellinzona – with the new railway connection, the capital becomes a gateway to Ticino

By Jutta Ulrich

The official handover of the new Gotthard base tunnel from the developers AlpTransit Gotthard AG to the Schweizerischen Bundesbahnen (abbreviated as SBB), took place on June 1st, 2016. Scheduled services through the longest railway tunnel in the world with its 57km will commence punctually on December 11th, 2016. The faster train connection's first stop to Switzerland's sunny basin will be Bellinzona. The capital city of the Canton with its awe-inspiring legacy of castles, towers, defensive walls and palaces therefore becomes a gateway to Ticino. Ten reasons why it's really worthwhile to visit Bellinzona.

Continental Europe: A 0-star hotel in Switzerland

By news services

The airiest hotel room can be found in the Safien Valley. You will sleep in a bed, but still under the open sky.

Continental Europe: Spot the giant! Game of Thrones® mythical characters appear in Ulster Museum

By Jocelyn Black

The latest element of Tourism Ireland's 2016 Game of Thrones® campaign has been revealed – and this time it involves a painting in the Ulster Museum which has been re-imagined to include mythical characters from the world of Game of Thrones®.

Continental Europe: Croatia Makes Its Debut with Peter Sommer Travels: September Gulet Journey Showcases Spectacular Dalmatian Coast

By Peggy Bendel

Monmouth, UK, --The spectacular Dalmatian coast of Croatia has become the newest destination offered by archaeological and cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels, with a new eight-day yacht expedition between Split and Dubrovnik to debut in September.

Continental Europe: In a Galaxy not so Far Away...Ireland Feels 'The Force'

By news services

An island off Ireland's south west coast is wowing audiences at screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Unveiled in the film's closing minutes, this closely guarded secret ending to Episode 7 was filmed in September 2014 on Skellig Michael Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continental Europe: Holidays in Berlin: No time for hibernation in Germany's vibrant capital

By Kirsten Schmidt

80 Christmas Markets, Shopping, Concerts, and Culinary Delights Heat Up the Season.

Continental Europe: The Hague: city of accessible delights

By Paul Knowles (first published in FYI: Forever Young Information)

The Hague (Den Haag) is a remarkable, small city, the royal city of The Netherlands, highly walkable, and home to some spectacular attractions.

Continental Europe: Hyatt Regency ideal base for Paris exploration

By Paul Knowles

Our favourite thing was the view. Every evening, before we went to bed, we waited for the half-hour Eiffel Tower light show, clearly visible from our 23rd floor window. Every morning, we awoke to a Parisian panorama that included the Tower, the Arc d'Triomphe, and just a bit farther, the Louvre. Amazing! (Photo: view from the author's room at the Hyatt; photo by Nancy Knowles)

Continental Europe: A proud time for Hamburg

By news services

What does the Taj Mahal in India, the Peruvian Inka city of Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramids of Giza have in common with Hamburg? They all belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 5 July 2015, the Hamburg ensemble 'Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus' has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it one of the world's 1.031 'masterpieces of human creation with outstanding universal value'.

Continental Europe: Amsterdam: the city of canals

By Paul Knowles (first published in the Toronto Sun)

Amsterdam's canals are the heart of this amazing city, which locals insist surpasses Venice in its attractions! (Photo by Nancy Knowles)

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