Travellers looking for a domestic flight in Myanmar should be especially critical after questions about airline safety raised by the German Foreign Ministry on its travel advisory website.
Employees at the German embassy in Yangon are avoiding using state-run Myanma Airways (IATA airline designator UB) out of safety fears, the ministry has disclosed. Some other airlines offering flights within the country operate poorly serviced or outdated planes, the ministry contends. – DPA
Italy on the rails
The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg which is the world's largest model railway layout, is building a new Italy section. The tiny theme world will extend over 170 square metres in by the summer of 2015. The German city’s tourism office says small trains will travel through miniature versions of Rome, Venice and the Cinque Terre coastline. Mount Vesuvius and the lost city of Pompeii as well as beaches and mountains will also be included. As of now, 1,000 trains are perpetually on the move around the 1,300 square metres of Miniature Wonderland. Visit www.MiniaturEunderland.de.
Joyful in Japan
With the Japanese yen depreciating in value by 20 per cent since November, the country has become much more affordable to tourists the world over. As a result, Japan is welcoming visitors with renewed vigour – and great travel deals. Discounts as high as 50 per cent on regular rates in cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka will make travellers say “konnichiwa” to this land of eclectic fashion, exceptional sushi and exotic temples. As an extra savings tip: When in Kyoto, most shrines have free admission. For more information about travel in Japan, visit www.JapanTravelinfo.com.
On the right track
For the first time in 32 years, a train will soon travel between Zermatt and St Moritz in Switzerland. The Swiss Alps Classic Express will start its maiden journey on August 15, according to Swiss tourism officials. The first train will head towards St Moritz and passengers can look up to the Furka and Grimsel passes as well as the Rhone Glacier. Some trains will include an open panorama wagon and a nostalgic gallery locomotive while all trains will have an antique dining car. Visit www.Swiss-Alps-Classic-Express.de.
Regatta on the lake
Classic motorboats and vintage yachts will be docked for four days next month at an old villa on Lake Como in Italy. Fans and owners of luxury and old boats will meet June 20-23 at Villa d’Este, which serves as a hotel today. Visitors can watch a rally by the veteran boats from the villa’s terrace, according to the organisers. Also part of the programme is a visit to the tradition-rich Matteri Shipyard on the lake Visit www.VilladEste.it.
Sexy in Saxony
A German lace museum, the Schaustickerei Plauener Spitze, is putting its sexy underwear on show this summer. The “Drunter & Drueber” (under & over) exhibition includes erotic underwear from the Victorian era and along the way tells the story of the region's textile industry, according to Saxony tourism marketing officials. A “textile landscape of the senses” created by textile artists and designers will occupy the garden of the museum, which is located 250 kilometres east of Frankfurt in Plauen. Visit www.Schaustickerei-Plauen.de. – DPA