LTU International Airways of Germany has announced 1997/98 winter fares to Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich from New York, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver.

Roundtrip fares, not including tax, are $348 from New York, $428 from Florida and $548 from Los Angeles, Denver and Phoenix. Contact: LTU 800-888-0200.

• The Swiss Ski School Association will again operate its annual Ski Swiss camps in Davos, Saas Fee and Engelberg. At reasonable rates, skiers have a chance to learn under the guidance of SSSA experts. For six nights in a double room in Saas Fee, including breakfast and dinner, five days instruction and skiing, plus the opportunity to test new equipment such as Bigfoot or curved skis, the price is 1190 Sfr. ($744) per person. In Davos, the deal is seven nights accommodations and six days skiing for 1390 Sfr. ($869). Engelberg offers four nights hotel and meals with three days skiing for 750 Sfr. ($469). Contact Heinz Rubl, Swiss Ski Del. SSSV, Sporthotel Eiger, CH-3802 Waldegg, tel. +41/033/841 1218, fax 841 1018.

• One of our favorite Austrian hotels, the comfortable, five-star Bergresort Seefeld, in Seefeld between Innsbruck and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, offers weekend packages for those with hearty appetites. The deal includes two nights accommodations (though you can occupy your room from Friday morning until Sunday evening), breakfasts, afternoon snacks and five-course dinners. The Tümmlerhof's kitchen is rated one of Austria's finest. Prices begin at 2,230 AS ($175) per person. Contact: Gartenhotel Tümmlerhof, A-6100 Seefeld, tel. +43/5212 /25 71-0, fax +41/5212/25 71104.

• The Goethe Museum in Frankfurt, now 100 years-old, reopened this summer after four-years of renovation. The new gallery contains some 500 paintings, 16,000 graphics and more than a quarter of a million books and manuscripts. Goethe Museum, Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25, D-60311 Frankfurt, tel. +49/089/233 0320, fax 233 32003.

• The German Wine Academy annually sponsors week-long sessions for traveling wine enthusiast. Conducted at historic Kloster Eberbach near Frankfurt, the academy's courses are conducted in English, with meals and accommodations provided. The program travels to six of Germany's 13 wine regions and there are wine estate visits, vineyard excursions, cellar tours, a Rhein cruise, seminars and, of course, tastings with winemakers. The next session is scheduled for Oct. 5-11. Contact: Carol Sullivan, German Wine Information Bureau, 79 Madison Ave., New York NY 10016, tel. 212-213-7028, fax 212-213-7042.

• Speaking of wine, following is a list of wine festivals during the months of October and November in the Mosel, Saar, Ruwer wine region.

Date Village/Town


2-5 Koblenz

2-5 Lieser

3-4 St Aldegund

3-5 Klotten

3-5 Piesport

3-5 Ediger-Eller

3-5 Erden

3-6 Maring-Noviand

3-6 Kröv

3-6 Waldrach

10-11 Kröv

10-12 Piesport

10-12 Ediger-Eller

11-12 Zell

17-18 Kröv

24-27 Perl-Nennig


7-9 Cochem

7-9 Winningen

8-10 Löf

14-15 Kasel

There are a dozen other wine regions in Germany, all with numerous festivals scheduled from May through November. For a complete list contact the German Wine Information Bureau, 79 Madison Ave., New York NY 10016, tel. 212-213-7028, fax 212-213-7042.

August 1997