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Ski Swiss 1993 in Zermatt
During the weeks of December 4-11 and December 11-18, the Swiss ski schools welcome guests to their annual ski course, a tradition that goes back 58 years. Ski Swiss takes place this winter in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Cost of the package is $1,150 per person and includes accommodations for seven nights, daily breakfast and dinner, weekly ski pass for the entire region, six days of ski instruction, a welcome cocktail, organized ski races and a candlelight dinner.
For more information contact the Swiss National Tourist Office, 222 N Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, phone 310-335-5980, fax 310-335-5982.
Swissair Ski Vacations
Swissair's 1993/94 ski packages start at $261 per person, per week double occupancy. Weekly apartment rentals begin at $150 per person, double. Swissair's Swiss Travel Invention hotels are priced from $39 per person, per night in a double. Europe Your Way hotels start at $33 per person double.
In addition, Swissair's winter brochure contains a $50 per person coupon good towards your next trip, plus reductions for seniors, special deals that allow kids a complimentary ride on some trains and a free stay at certain hotels. It also contains discounts for group travel. Contact Swissair 800-688-7947.
Travel/Study in Austria
The European Centre, a joint program of the University of New Orleans and the University of Innsbruck, operates travel-study programs for adults. The price for their 22-day summer program is $2,495 and includes a private room with bath at the University of Innsbruck, breakfasts and lunches, one three-unit class, lessons in conversational German, excursions to historic sites, a weekly forum, field trips and social events. Participants choose from four courses of study - Empires and Nations; Opera in Europe; Where the Arts Meet: Comparative Themes in Literature, Music and Visual Arts and Society and Culture in the U. S. and Europe - for up to three credits or simply for personal enrichment. Lectures in English are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and limited to 10 students. Airfare is not included in the price. Contact program coordinator Alea Morelock, International Study Programs, Metropolitan College, University of New Orleans, New Orleans LA 70148, phone 504-286-7484/7116, fax 504-286-7317.
Freiamt in Autumn
A week in Freiamt (Black Forest) starting at 177 DM ($107) per person offers bed, breakfast, a group hike, tour, use of indoor pool, sauna and extras. Contact: Verkehrsburo, Bad Strasse 1, D-7348 Freiamt, phone 07645/644, fax 07645/628.
Tauber Valley Excursion
Tauberbischofsheim has a three-day weekend bicycle program beginning at 155 DM ($93) per person. The program includes a bicycle tour in the Tauber valley, a wine tasting in a castle cellar, a Franconian supper and another meal. Contact: Verkehrsamt, Postfach 1480, D-97934 Tauberbischofsheim, phone 09341/80313, fax 09341/80389.
Mosel Wine Program
Trier invites visitors on an autumn trip to the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine region. The arrangement called Wine and Sekt-Making in Germany's Oldest City costs 148 to 325 DM ($89-$166) per person for two nights, depending on accommodations. Also included is a city tour, a group lunch and a wine and sekt tasting. Arrival can be any day except Saturday. Contact: Trier Tourist Information, Postfach 3830, D-54228 Trier, phone 0651/978080.
Bacharach in the Loreley Valley offers six days of Rhine romance for 224 DM to 289 DM ($141-$174). A tour of the medieval town, an excursion to the Loreley, a drive along the Rheingold Road and a guided hike are on the program. Contact: Verkehrsamt, Oberstrasse 1, D-55422 Bacharach, phone 06743/2968, fax 06743/3155.
Überlingen, Germany, on Lake Constance offers a two-day golf special including hotel with breakfast and dinner plus an excursion to the island of Mainau from 485 DM ($292) per person. Contact: Kurverwaltung, D-88662 Überlingen, phone, 07551/4041, fax 07551/66874.
Adenauer at Rhöndorf
On the Trail of a Great Man in History: Kölnrad Adenauer is a weekend program available to groups. Two nights, including hotel, a visit to the Adenauer home in Rhöndorf, a walking tour of Bad Honnef and extras starts at 286 DM ($172) per person. The program is also available in a shortened version as a day trip or excursion. Contact: Tourist Information, Hauptstrasse 28a, D-53604 Bad Honnef, phone 02224/184170, fax 02224/79687.
New Hitler Attraction
The Wolf's Lair, where Adolph Hitler narrowly escaped assassination in July of 1944, may be turned into a tourist attraction. Already, there are more than 250,000 visitors to the site, which is in the countryside north of Warsaw, near the town of Ketrzyn, known in German as Rastenberg. An Austrian company has contracted to operate the site as a commemoration to Claus von Stauffenberg, the German officer who planted a bomb in a room where Hitler was being briefed regarding the progress of the war. The bomb, which was placed in a briefcase under a table, went off but Hitler survived the blast. Von Stauffenferg, along with many other German officers involved in the plot, was hanged with piano wire.