Croatia

Dubrovnik The jewel of the Adriatic coast has glowing Renaissance architecture enclosed in a magnificent curtain of walls with dynamic nighdife and easy access to beaches (p262) Hvar Island 'Nighdife Central' on the Adriatic coast also offers daytime pleasures such as lush, green hills, Venetian-style architecture and a smattering of offshore islands for sunbathing (p260) Koreula Island At the end of this forested island is the compact old town, surrounded by walls like a mini-Dubrovnik (p261)...

Travellers with disabilities

Cobbled medieval streets, 'classic' hotels, congested inner cities and underground metro systems make Europe a tricky destination for people with mobility impairments. However, the train facilities are good and some destinations boast new tram services or lifts to platforms. The following websites can help with specific details. Accessible Europe (www.accesslbleeurope.com) Specialist European tours with van transport. Prices start at about 500forfourdays. Mobility International Schweiz...

Greek

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Latvian

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Sights Activities

Kiasma ( 1733 6501 www.kiasma.fi Mannerheiminaukio 2 adult student 5.50 4 S 9am-5pm Tue, 10am-8.30pm Wed-Sun) is in the curvaceous and quirky metallic building housing Finland's best exhibitions of contemporary and postmodern art from the 1960s to the 1990s. The impressive Kansallismuseo (National Museum 40501 www.nba.fi Mannerheimintie 34 adult child student 6 free 4 S 11am-8pm Tue & Wed, 11am-6pm Thu-Sun) is Finland's top historical museum, with displays on prehistory and archaeological...

Getting around Air

Most internal flights cost around DkrlOOO for a standard ticket, but can be much cheaper when booked in advance. Denmark's domestic air routes are operated by the following airlines Cimber Air (code Ql 701012 18 www.cimber.dk) Services include Copenhagen to Aalborg (50 minutes, three dally), Ronne (Bornholm, 40 minutes, at least four daily) and Karup (central Jutland, 50 minutes, 12 daily Monday to Friday, at least twice Saturday and Sunday). SAS (code SK 70 10 30 00 www.scandinavian.net) Links...

Bosnia Hercegovina Directory

Private accommodation is easy to arrange in Sarajevo and Mostar most likely you'll be approached at the bus or train station. Staying in a home is not only cheaper than hotels but also usually very pleasant, with immediate contact with local people who'll speak some English. Bosnia and Hercegovina has huge potential for outdoor activities once de-mining is completed. Water activities are obviously safe, as are activities in national parks and those led by local guides. There's skiing at...

Getting Around

Travel within the EU, whether by air, rail or car, was made easier by the Schengen Agreement, which abolished border controls between most member states (see pl214). In most European countries, the train is the best option for internal transport. Check the websites of national rail systems as they often offer fare specials and national passes that are significantiy cheaper than point-to-point tickets. Various travel agencies and airlines offer air passes for non-European citizens. Check with...

Dalmatia Dalmacija

Occupying the central 375km of Croatias Adriatic coast, Dalmatia offers a matchless combination of hedonism and historical discovery. The jagged coast is speckled with lush offshore islands that are making Dalmatia one of the world's hottest tourist destinations. Roman ruins, spectacular beaches, old fishing ports, medieval architecture and historic cities make a trip to Dalmatia unforgettable. As the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast and a major transport hub, Split (Spalato in...

Sights Ile de la

The site of the first settlement in Paris around the 3rd century BC and later the Roman town of Lut ce (Lutetia), the lie de la Cit remained the centre of royal and ecclesiastical power throughout the Middle Ages. The seven arches of Paris' oldest bridge, Pont Neuf (Map pp378-9 (M) Pont Neuf) have linked the Ile de la Cit with both banks of the Seine since 1607. CATH DRALE DE NOTRE DAME DE PARIS The Cath drale de Notre Dame de Paris (Map pp378-9 01 42 34 5610 place du Parvis Notre Dame, 4e...

Sarajevo

For a city that has suffered, Sarajevo is outwardly full of amazing vitality and charm. Rat- y old trams circle a city centre containing the Bascarsija bazaar, an ancient trading place with artisans' workshops, coffee-drinking dens, restaurants, trendy bars and boisterous pubs. Sarajevo is a living museum. And boy, is there a lot of it Mosques, churches, cathedrals and fine municipal buildings built by Turks and Austro-Hungarians a bridge where world history took a fateful turn and the Tunnel...

Highlights

Karesuvanto Within The Arctic Circle

Helsinki Finland's dynamic capital, boasting some of Scandinavia's most sophisticated nighdife p346 Kuopio Home of the world's biggest smoke sauna p359 Rovaniemi The gateway to Lapland, with the Arctic Circle and Santa's official grotto p361 Savonlinna A beautiful Lakeland town with a casde and a month-long opera festival p358 Best journey Take the overnight sleeper train from Helsinki p346 to Rovaniemi p361 wake up in snow-covered Arctic Lapland Off-the-beaten track Cycle through the unspoilt...

Clubbing

Mecca 283 870 522 www.mecca.cz U Pruhonu 3, Holesovice cover 90-390Kc Fri amp Sat, free Wed amp Thu S 10pm-6am Wed-Sat Prague's most fashionable club attracts film stars and fab types with pumping dance-floor action. Lucerna Music Bar 224 217 108 www.musicbar.cz Lucerna pasaz, Vodickova 36, Nov M sto S 8pm-4am Leave your musical snobbery in the cloakroom at the '80s nights on Friday and Saturday with everything from The Human League to Soft Cell. Pal c Akropolis 296 330 911 www.palacakropolis...

Black Sea Coast

Go quick Western Europeans with extra euros or pounds are buying up space on the golden-sand beaches. The hotels and condos of the main resort, Sunny Beach, can fit 100,000, while its beach only has room for 30,000 Still, there are some quieter pockets north of Varna and south of Burgas. Most hotel prices raise their rates in June and again in July and August, then drop them a bit in September. Varna was founded as Odessos by Greek sailors in the 6th century BC. Even without the Black Sea at...

Flanders

The only thing flat about Flanders is topography. Belgium's Flemish-speaking northern region is the country's powerhouse. Attitude with a capital A - that's Antwerp. As an avant-garde fashion capital snapping at the heels of Milan and New York and the top spot on the clubbing circuit between Amsterdam and Paris, Belgium's second-biggest city's a magnet for fashionistas, foodies and party queens alike. And that's without even mentioning history, architecture and caf culture. Antwerp's impressive...

Getting There Around

Either a bus or a train leaves Skagen Station for Frederikshavn Dkr50 about once an hour. The seasonal Skagerakkeren bus No 99 runs half a dozen times daily between Hirtshals and Skagen Dkr40,1 hours from mid-June to mid-August. The same bus continues on to Hjorring and Lokken. Cycling is an excellent way of exploring Skagen and the surrounding area. Skagen Cyke-ludlejning 98 44 10 70 Banegardspladsen rents bicycles for Dkr85 a day Dkr200 deposit and has a stand on the western side of the train...

Boat

There's no better way to cruise into Helsinki than aboard a Baltic ferry. The ships are like floating hotels, nightclubs and shoppingmalls rolled into one, but fares are kept reasonably low by competition and duty-free shopping. Ferry tickets can be bought at the terminals or from the ferry companies' offices in Helsinki's centre Eckerii Line www.eckerollnjen.fi, www.eckerollne.fi Aland 018-28000 Helsinki 09-228 8544 Mannerhelmintle 10 Lanslterminaall West terminal Helsinki-Tallinn,...

Austrian Embassies Consulates Abroad

For a complete list visit www.auslandsoester-reicher.at and click on 'Osterreichische Botschaften und Konsulate' under 'Kontakte'. Otherwise, contact the following Australia 02-6295 1533 www.austriaemb.org.au 12 Talbot St, Forrest, ACT 2603 Canada 613-789 1444 www.austro.org 445 Wilbrod St, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 6M7 France Embassy 01 40 63 30 63 www.aussen ministerium.at paris 6 rue Fabert, 75007 Paris Consulate 01 40 63 30 90 17 Ave de Villars, 75007 Paris Germany 030-202 870...

Hirtshals

Hirtshals' breezy, friendly character reflects that of its commercial fishing harbour and ferry terminal. The seaward end of Norregade opens out into a wide, airy space, Den Gronne Plads, the 'Green Square' that overlooks the fishing harbour and its tiers of blue-hulled boats. There is a tourist office 98 94 22 20 www.visithirtshals.com Norregade 40 S 9.30am-3.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat mid-Jun-Aug,10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pmSatSep-mid-Jun . Hirtshals Hostel 98 9412 48 www.danhostelnord .dk...

Dubrovnik

Lord Byron was not overstating the case when he proclaimed Dubrovnik to be 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. It is clear that Dubrovnik is special. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of caf s and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. The steep, stepped streets leading off Placa, harbour a diverse range of bars, caf s and restaurants. Beyond the...

Brussel Bruxelles

Bruxelles Centre

Quirky, secretive, surreal - Brussels, like the country it represents, pulls multiple identities into one enigmatic core. Home to superb Art Nouveau architecture, the EU headquarters, shabby suburbs, and more restaurants, pubs and chocolate shops than you'll ever manage, Brussels subdy slides under your skin. The Grand Place, the imposing 15th-century market square, sits in the centre of Petit Ring, a pentagon of boulevards enclosing central Brussels. The centre is divided into the Lower Town,...

Embassies Consulates Albanian Embassies Consulates

For a full list, visit www.mfa.gov.al. Canada 613-2363 0953 embassyrepublicofalbania on.albn.com Suite 302, 130 Albert St, Ottawa ON KIP 5G4 France 01 47 23 31 00 ambasade.albanie wanadoo .fr 57 av Marceau, Paris 75116 Germany 030-259 3040 kanzlei botschaft -albanien.de Friedrichstrasse 231, D-10 969, Berlin Greece Athens l 21-0687 6200 albem ath.forthner .gr Vekiareli 7, Filothei loannina 26-5102 1330 algefeer panafonet.gr Str Foti Tzavella 2 Thessaloniki 31-547 4494 fax 31-546656 Odysseos Str...