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Places news continued...AachenTwo new brochures of the aachen tourist service e.v. (ats) have been published during the last few weeks. The brochure “program ideas for groups“ published in German and English. In the brochure out- lines classic guided tours of the old town and the town hall as well as entertaining guided theme round tours or special events around Aachen are described.Another new publication is the brochure “Aachen at a glance 2014/2015“ in Ger- man, English, Dutch and French. In a handy format it offers tourists a wide range of information about the city of Charle- magne together with a fold-out city map. Both brochures can be ordered at breaks - the little extrasEuroTest recently published a survey and included 20 larger cities in 18 different European countries. They compared the cost of incidental holiday expenses, based on a shopping basket of 20 products and services usually required by visitors to city break destinations.The shopping basked consisted of the following groups of products and services that may be required on holiday:• A guided city tour, a one-day public transport ticket, and tickets to the city’s most popular tourist attractions.• Health and body care products (such as sunblock, toothpaste, headache pills, etc.).• Food and drinks offered by restaurants (such as pasta, French fries, beer, cappuc- cino, etc.).• Various snacks and drinks (biscuits, water, etc.).The city that did best in the survey was Belgrade, where the value of the shop- ping basked amounted to €41. Ranked immediately after Belgrade are Zagreb and Ljubljana (€63).According to EuroTest these are 5 cities with the lowest and highest incidental costs:Edward Whymper©Zermatt TourismusZermatt 2015In 2015, Zermatt will celebrate the 150th year jubilee of the first ascent of the Matterhorn.It was on July 14 in 1865 that the British climber Edward Whymper became the first person to conquer the Matterhorn. Of the seven members of his team who set off only three returned, four of his party fell to their deaths on the descent including Lord Francis Douglas. Queen Victoria wanted to ban any other attempts.Her protest provoked the opposite of her intention and only piqued the curiosity of other travellers and Alpinists. The flood gates opened and Victoria unwittingly became the instigator of an ever increasing number of visitors to Zermatt, thus starting the boom in the local tourist industry and putting Zermatt on the map.A whole host of events are lined up for the Jubilee. High on the list is the Hörnlihütte, which has been closed for renovation but will re-open in July 2015, The Hörnli hut is the focal point of activity at the foot of the Matterhorn and one of the key sitesin the history of alpinism. Visitors from all over the world spend the night here before scaling the Matterhorn.Zermatt’s first open air theatre will stage a theatrical performance with a high musical content about the first ascent. The theatrical piece will be performed in English and German on the Riffelberg in Zermatt for four to six weeks in July and August 2015.Geneva with the lake and fountainScotland 2015• Spring 2015, North Highlands‘The North Coast 500’will be a northern touring route that incorporates 500 miles of some of the best scenery the North Highlands has to offer. The road route runs from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the West Coast via the rugged north coast. It will link spectacular natural heritage and scenery with beautiful places to stop on the way to rest and enjoy local food and drink, accommodation and other attrac- tions.• April 2015, HighlandsThe Affric Kintail Way will be a fully sign- posted, superb cross-country route for walkers and mountain bikers stretching almost 44 miles from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail by Loch Duich. The route follows a wilder land- scape than the Great Glen Way and invites a stopover at Scotland’s most remote Youth Hostel at Alltbeithe in Glen Affric. www.affrickintailway.comHSBC Expat Explorer 2014HSBC have just brought out their annual survey Expat Explorer Expat love Switzer- land and nine other countries. The survey reveals that expats living in Switzerland enjoy the best of expat life, with the coun- try ranking first out of 34 countries.From a financial wellbeing perspective, Switzerland emerges as a destination to advance career prospects and receive a healthy salary while also maintaining a good work/life balance. 25% of expats in Switzerland earn more than USD200,000 p.a., yet (51%) report a better work/lifebalance since moving. (47%)have confi- dence in the local economy - the highest proportion for any country included in this year’s survey.Expat parents also report that Switzerland offers benefits for families too, believing their offspring are now safer (81%), enjoy a better quality of life (77%) and receive a better education (65%).China is home to the largest proportion of high-earning expats in the world - nearly(38%) earn over USD200,000 p.a and over three quarters (76%) have more disposable income than they did at home.The Middle East attracts career-minded expats,74% of expats in the Middle East report that they are satisfied with their host country’s current economic outlook - the highest of all regions in this year’s survey.For the complete Explorer League Table 20141Switzerland2Singapore3China4Germany5Bahrain6New Zealand7Thailand8Taiwan9India10Hong KongLow incidental costs:Belgrade Zagreb Ljubljana Prague BudapestHigh incidental costs:Oslo Paris London Copenhagen Madrid EuroTest websiteOn the Road issue 217Page 5

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