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Introduction

In mid-June 2007, travel journalists from around the world congregated in Switzerland for celebrations commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Gotthard Railway and the opening of the new 34.6 km long Lotschberg Tunnel running from Frutigen (Bernese Oberland) to Raron (Valais). Despite their reputation for seen-it-all cynicism, many of the journalist marvelled at the ingenuity of the Swiss transportation system. It was a tiring week of walking tours, climbing Alpen trails and early wake-up calls to board a train, boat or bus to the next destination but there was also time for socializing and making new contacts with writers from such countries as Russia, Poland, Japan, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Spain, the US, and Canada.
- Photo of the Matterhorn by Tom Douglas