Hotel Deal For Families

The Sofitel hotel chain offers a special for families traveling in Europe. On weekend nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, guests who pay for one room (at rack rate) receive a complimentary second room for up to two children under 18 years of age. The plan is also available daily during the periods February 12 to February 25; June 30 to August 31; and December 22, 1997 through January 4, 1998. Reservations: 1-800-763-4835.

Packages for Musicals

Whether it's Cats in Hamburg, Starlight Express in Bochum or Les Miserables in Duisburg, or other musical events in Germany, Stella Event Reisen offers packages that include show tickets, hotel accommodations with breakfast, and sparkling wine at the theater. Booking hotline: 011 49/180-5356630, Stella Event Reisen GmbH, Haferweg 24, D-22769

InterCity Hotels "Action 255"

Through March 31, Germany's InterCity Hotel chain offers a second class rail ticket from anywhere in Germany to any town with an InterCity Hotel, bed and breakfast, and free public transportation in that city, for from 255 DM ($155) per person. There are 16 InterCity Hotels, all in large cities and near rail stations. Contact: InterCity Hotel GmbH Lyoner Strasse 40, D-60528 Frankfurt Main, tel. 069/6656 4687, fax 069/6656 4699.

LTU Announces Summer Sked

The German airline, LTU International Airways, has announced its 1997 summer schedule. Nonstop service from San Francisco to Düsseldorf will resume May 14 and will operate weekly until October 15. A code-share agreement with Air New Zealand will continue through the summer and fall and applies to three weekly nonstops between Los Angeles and Frankfurt. Weekly nonstop service between Phoenix and Düsseldorf also continues as does service to Germany from New York's JFK Airport and the Florida cities of Fort Meyers, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Tampa.

At press time LTU had not yet released its summer promotional fares but they were expected to range from $698 to $798 roundtrip. Contact: 800-888-0200.

Fly Vintage Plane To Europe

This year Swissair celebrates 50 years of transatlantic service. In observance of that milestone, it is offering a special Spirit of Swissair anniversary travel package for the periods May 10-17 and June 12-19. Departures from New York's JFK Airport to Zürich will be aboard a specially prepared and fitted DC-4 propeller aircraft, the same airplane flown by Swissair over the Atlantic in 1947. The return flight from Geneva, however, will be aboard the much more up-to-date, MD-11 aircraft.

The program also includes surface transportation including a ride on the Orient Express in Switzerland, first class hotels and most meals. Book through your travel agent or Swisspak 800-688-7947.

Briefer Briefs

American Airlines has stopped flying between New York and Zürich... TWA dropped its daily New York-Frankfurt flight for three months starting Jan. 14... In the summer of 1996, Swiss hotel stays fell 5.2% to their lowest level since 1959... Those who care to can now scuba dive through a hole in the ice in Theodul Glacier Lake near Zermatt. The three-dive ice-diving course costs $366. Phone: 011 41/27 967 7050.

January 1997