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The Swiss train tourists don’t take

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The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.
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Fifty years of folk dancing

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Every June, the Croatian town of Slavonski Brod hosts a colourful, camaraderie-filled folk dancing festival that gathers musicians and performers from across the region.


The city that Luther, Bach and Goethe all shared

Tranquil Weimar was the hub of Germany’s most crucial artistic and intellectual movements – a past that still lives on in Unesco-rated buildings, palaces and parks.
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‘There is a dark side to this bucolic Swiss bliss’

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The Swiss alpine region of Appenzell is achingly beautiful – and haunted by loneliness so palpable, it has inspired one of the world’s saddest, most beautiful forms of music.
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Fictional Footsteps

In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk

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With jagged peaks, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of wildflowers, it was Switzerland’s epic landscape – not New Zealand – that inspired JRR Tolkien.
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Cappadocia's twin-peaked shadow

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Climbing Turkey’s Mount Hasan is not just about bagging another summit: it is a journey to the rumbling heart of Neolithic man's fear.
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