Alps Travel Guide

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Alps Things to Do

  • Stand on the Border of Italy and...

    In Zermatt, under the Matterhorn you can ski to the border between Italy and Switzerland. You feel you are on the "Top of the World", but in winter you are also cold. ;-)

  • The Jungfraujoch

    The much-ballyhooed "Top of Europe" is the crowning achievement of many a vacation. Indeed, the railway itself, opened in 1912, is an engineering marvel, carved 7km (over 4 miles) into solid rock for its ascent to the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 meters (11,332 feet). On the way, you get a chance to stop at two intermediate stations...

  • Kandersteg

    My favorite place to visit in the Alps is the village of Kandersteg. Conveniently situated on the local train line between Spiez and Brig, Kandersteg has an excellent array of hikes and things to do. Among the attractions in or near Kandersteg are the Sunnbuel gondola (and hike to the Gemmi Pass), the Allmenalp gondola, and the gondola to the...

  • Fly over the Alps

    Fly over the Swiss Alps, forests, lakes and glaciers and land to share a glass of Fendant between friends...Alpine ToursTake a little plane from Sion Airport for 1 to 3 passengers. Prices are very competitive, for example I paid around CHF 290.- a 60 minutes flight for two people to Mont-Blanc then Matterhorn. You could also plan your flight route...

  • Homage to Romantic Poets

    Where are exactly the peaks, precipices, gorges and waterfalls that romantic poets celebrated? There are many, so I will give you just a couple of suggestions.The waterfall that in 1779 inspired Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to write his Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of Spirits over Water) is the Staubbach waterfall, in the Lauterbrunnen...

  • Homage to Sherlock Holmes

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved to take holidays in the Swiss Alps, so when he decided his most famous character should die, he chose a spectacular setting for Holmes's final exit.In the story The Final Problem Doyle gives an impressive description of the Reichenbach waterfall, where Sherlock holmes meets his death heroically fighting the criminal Dr...

  • Homage to History

    The passage between Italy and Switzerland at the Grand St Bernard is now through a tunnell, but the visit I want to recommend is to the ancient pass, a trip to be done in summer, because for eight months a year there is too much snow over there.The pass was used for many centuries. There was just a narrow path there, until the Romans built one of...

  • Glacier Express

    This was fab! The express goes from St Moritz to Zermatt . Regular trains run the route as well, however Glacier express has panorama cars so you can see everything, has head set points with guide information about what you are seeing, and you can order a very nice three course lunch as well.The train travels through the Swiss Alps and the scenery...

  • Alpine pleasure...

    Here is my personnal ranking from my own experience even if the 4 alpine options are worth to experience:#1 Matterhorn (Zermatt)If you like high peaks, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, our Swiss pyramid with impressive sharpen faces and edges naturally made, are the place to see. 38 of Europe's 76 four-thousand-metre peaks are in the area surrounding...

  • Trekking in the Swiss Alps

    Trekking in the Swiss Alps is a great way to see spectacular alp scenery and enjoy the mountains. I went on a guided trek from Chamonix to Zermatt carrying only a few items in a light pack and staying at small hotel and mountain huts that served great local food and offered opportunities for meeting interesting people doing the same. High mountain...

  • Saas-Fee

    While not exactly off the beaten path, Saas-Fee is one valley over from the far more famous (and touristy) Zermatt. In Saas-Fee, you will have no shortage of things to do if the weather is good; hikers and skiers will be especially pleased. There are also a number of cable cars to choose from... and even the highest "subway" in the world. For more...

  • Hike from Grindelwald to Kleine...

    One of my favorite hikes in the Jungfrau region is the scenic walk from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg. This walk is actually part of a longer day-long walk you can take from Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen; it is also Stage 7 on the "Swiss Alpine Pass" hiking route from Sargans to Montreux. We usually take this route on our final full day in...

  • Zermatt

    One of the most famous (and touristy) places to visit in the Swiss Alps is the Zermatt, gateway to the iconic Matterhorn. One of the most famous and recognizable peaks in the world, there are few finer sights when the weather is clear. Hiking trails abound, allowing you to get your exercise while taking in the scenery. While there are many trails...

  • Engelberg and Mt Titlis

    In Central Switzerland, not far from Lucerne, there's the town of Engelberg, situated in a hanging valley with an amphitheater of mountains all around. In addition to the scenery around Engelberg itself, the main draw is the series of gondolas taking tourists to the top of Mount Titlis for a magnificent panorama of the area. Be warned: Engelberg is...

  • Driving up the Col de St-Bernard

    Starting out in Martigny, I drove up to the top and then back down the other side. When I made the trip in September 1999, there was fog obscuring the view the higher I climbed.

  • Nothing to do... just relax...

    Snowy and sunny unlimited pleasure around the Alps...What I like when skiing is that you could easily free your mind and just enjoy the scenery...Take a deep breath, forget your hard week and ride the Alps... Choose your skiing/surfing rythm and keep in mind that it should be above all a pleasure.

  • Sunny or Snowy Alps???

    Check the Swiss forecast and adapt your activity depending on the news... especially if you're going in altitude. I would recommend the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology website. You could have detailed forcast by entering the postcode or the name of the place. Forcasts are generally quite accurate for the Alpine region where I...

  • Beware of the wolf? (Alpine fauna)

    If somebody whistle for you on the Alps, don't worry it is certainly a marmot. You will able to observe some typical Alpine fauna during your stay as marmots, ibex, chamois, mountain hares, white fieldmouses, hawks, eagles,… More about the marmots, which eat the different types of grass growing at this altitude in the mat-like vegetation and alpine...


Alps Restaurants

  • Keep your eye out!

    Look out for cabins selling delicious crapes in the mountains while you're skiing or snowboarding. It can take up to an hour to get down a hill and these cabins can be found almost anywhere (I think their locations are just random) I'm not sure if there's a way to tell exactly where they're located. But I'm pretty sure they can be find on the...

  • Music and Raclette

    In Leysin, The Fromagerie not only is a local speciallty restaurant, but also has a museum of local artifacts. We toasted our final evening in the Alps at La Fromagerie helped with some of the local musicians. We ordered raclette along with a plate of smoked meats and of course, lots of wine. I especially enjoyed the raclette, served in heaping...

  • 360 degree Revolving Restaurant

    The Piz Gloria is the first revolving mountain restaurant in the world. Within a comfortable 55 minutes you complete a full circle by solar energy during which you can admire and delve into the wonderful mountain tops


Alps Transportation

  • Golden Pass 3: Zweisimmen to Montreux

    The final leg of the journey (or first if coming from Montreux, but then you must read this tip backwards ;) takes you from German Switzerland to French Switzerland. You depart Zweisimmen through magnificent scenery towards the Jet-Set hangout of Gstaad. Past Gstaad, you pass though rugged terrain and many tunnels until you arrive in Château...

  • The Centovalli Railway

    A scenic way to get to or from Ticino is the Centovalli Railway. This private railway runs from Locarno to Domodossola, Italy. In Domodossola, there are connections to Brig through the Simplon Tunnel to the north, or to Stresa/Milan to the south. While the scenery on the Centovalli isn't jaw-dropping by Swiss standards, it's pleasant enough. It's...

  • Golden Pass 2: Interlaken to Zweisimmen

    The second leg of the Golden Pass continues from Interlaken, along Lake Thun, to Spiez. Sometimes, you will need to make an additional connection in Spiez to continue to Zweisimmen. Also in Spiez, you can change for trains to Bern, Visp, and Brig, giving you easy connections to destinations such as Kandersteg and Zermatt. From Spiez, you continue...


Alps Local Customs

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    Green Beer? yes Bierre Verte

    by Roadquill Written Dec 29, 2011

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    One of the local specialty beers is Mont Blanc Genepi "bierre Verte" distilled by the Brasserie du Mont Blanc. I don't know if it is even real beer, as the mountain herbs blended into the concoction overpower any hops. It does provide a refreshing draught in between ski runs.

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Alps Warnings and Dangers

  • Freezing on the 'sunny' side of the Alps

    The picture I have posted here was taken by Lake Maggiore on a very warm day at the end of May. Can you see the snow on the mountains? Part of them belong to Switzerland and part to Italy, but on both sides there is snow, and snow could not be there if the area were not seriously cold for most of the time. It seems obvious, but apparently many...

  • Danger in the torrents!

    Danger of drowning.In a few seconds, a quiet river can turn into a deadly torrent. When?Water spillages are unpredictable. They can occur:- even on a clear day and during summer - round the clock on every day of the year Where?Water spillages occur downstream of water intakes, dams and hydroelectric stations and production basins:- in the beds of...

  • High altitude precautions...

    Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano... (Who goes slowly, goes safetly, goes far)If you are planning to discover our Swiss Alps, don't forget to acclimatize before going on up to the rnountains. Please bear in mind that you need plenty of fluids and time to acclimatize when you are at an altitude of over 9,840 feet / 3'000 meters.You will avoid...


Alps Sports & Outdoors

  • Alpine Mountain Biking...

    Citius, Altius, Fortius... which translates from Latin to : Faster. Higher. Stronger...In keeping with the times and fashion trends the mountain bike has opened up a new world of adventure by leaving the beaten track. Its performance in all types of terrain allows cyclists to discover and fulfil new ambitions. With 190 kms of cycling paths, from...

  • Swiss Snow Paradise...

    Main ski resorts in Valais (where I usually ski). Just click and surf on the hyperlinks :***Surf @ Les Portes du Soleil (Champery, Morgins, Les Crosets, Avoriaz, Morzine, Linga, Chatel) ***Surf @ Les 4 Vallees (Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon)***Surf @ Val d'Herens (Nax) ***Surf @ Val d'Anniviers (St Luc, Zinal, Grimentz, Vercorin) ***Surf @...

  • Hiking The Alps...

    Nowadays, there is hardly another activity which provides more opportunities for flexible and individual holidays and leisure than hiking, trekking and glacier traversals. Thanks to its fantastic landscape, the Valais is a hiking region in a class of its own : numerous 4000-meter mountains, imposing glaciers, deep gorges and a 9000 km network of...


Alps General

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  • Zermatt - Matterhorn

    One of most impressive mountains I have ever had the pleasure to have been acquainted. I enjoyed a full day of skiing under the mountain. Everytime I looked up I was just think how lucky I was. Unfortunately, it also reminded me of Toblerone chocolate, which I didn't have at the time. The town of Zermatt is also very cool. No cars, just electric...

  • Old Mountain Village Homes

    Scattered about in many of the villages are homes that are still based upon the old time designs of animals on the lower floor, then people living above them. Several of these old wooden structures were still in Leysin, although I could not tell if they were still occupied.

  • The Alps as Movie Stars

    The Alps have been the set of many movies, and in some of them the mountains are co-protagonists, as for instance in Erich von Stroheim’s Blind Husbands (1919), Edward Dmytryck’s The Mountain (1956), with Specer Tracy, and in Fred Zinnemann’s Five Days One Summer (1982) starring Sean Connery. The most recent I know of (but I have not seen yet) is...


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