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The Gotthard Panoramic Express passes through many small Swiss villages. <br>Liza Weisstuch/TNS

Switzerland-Italy train ride traverses different worlds

It takes 27 minutes to pass through the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It’s something of a dreamlike experience: you’re on the train hurtling through lush Swiss scenery — trackside haystacks and farmhouses, small villages with a single towering steeple, distant mist-crowned mountains, and dramatic landscape unfolding in more shades of green than you knew existed. Then all of a sudden, everything goes dark. Pitch black. You’re still moving at about 150 miles per hour, but now you can’t see where you’re going.

Don't overlook Germany's second-largest city

Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg, is awash with history, and played especially key roles in the stories of 19th-century emigration, World War II and the Beatles.

European war museums echo 'Never again'

All over Europe, there is little stomach for war. The motto of one military museum I visited in Vienna says it all: “War is something for museums.” And many European countries have followed this advice — creating fascinating exhibits about their military heritage.

Air travelers on layovers see Frankfurt on foot thanks to walking tour

In the just-waking hours of a cool, misty morning, we slipped into Frankfurt, Germany, the way dreams slide between vivid reality and hazy memory: surreal and ephemeral.

How to foil Europe's clever pickpockets

I don’t give much thought to petty crime when I travel abroad. I’m well aware that it happens: I’ve been preaching about the importance of wearing a moneybelt for decades. And for decades — probably about a total of 4,000 days of travel — I’ve never been hit by a thief. Well, my happy streak finally ended: I was pickpocketed in Paris last summer.

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Observation platform rewards hikers with castle-studded 360-degree view of Rhine

Hardy explorers willing to brave Germany’s low winter temperatures can beat the summer crowds and be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the picturesque Middle Rhine valley from the lookout above the wine-making town of Niederheimbach.

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Rossini one of Kaiserslautern’s most delicious secrets

In the brief time I’ve been in Kaiserslautern, I’ve found only a handful of restaurants here worth eating at, much less worth writing about. That always presents a dilemma: When I discover a good restaurant, do I let everybody know and find that all of the tables are taken the next time I visit, or do keep my big mouth shut?


Festivals and events, February 2018

Here is a sampling of February events in Europe. It's wise to confirm dates and times with a local tourism board before traveling in case of cancellations.

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