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12 Reasons We Love the Alps

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Whether you ski in fresh powder, swim in sparkling lakes, visit the magnificent Matterhorn, or even delve into the life of a cheesemaker, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love during a trip to this legendary mountain range.
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82487 Oberammergau, Germany
It's difficult to think of a more sought-after spectacle in the Alps than the famous Obermmergau Passion Play. These live performances take place an hour outside of Munich in a charming Bavarian town and depict, in a highly detailed and...
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Bahnhofstrasse, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Few Alpine resorts satisfy shopaholics like glitzy Zermatt. Located at the base of the towering Matterhorn, the Swiss town boasts everything from top-notch jewelry stores to boutiques filled with world-class watches. For some of the best shopping,...
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Lake Geneva
With well over a thousand lakes, Switzerland is blessed with its fair share of stunning bodies of water. The most extensive, however, is Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Léman), where you can bask in seductive views and amazing sunsets....
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Koppeneck, 6142 Mieders, Austria
With swift turns, steep drops, and mountainous views to make your heart jump, the Mieders Alpine rollercoaster provides the perfect summer thrill for families. Featuring the steepest track in the Alps, the 3,062-yard rollercoaster zips riders...
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Kehlsteinhaus, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
Adolf Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, combines haunting history with stunning panoramic views. Located high in the Bavarian Alps, this famous Third-Reich construction was bought for the former German Führer as a 50th...
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6561 Ischgl, Austria
Ischgl, Austria has a reputation for being one of the finest après ski spots in the Alps—and maybe even the world. With more than 40 bars, the legendary, Ibiza-style town (whose surrounding mountains inspired many of Ernest...
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Scheidegg, Germany
While the Alps are blessed with vast expanses of cross-country skiing terrain, Scheidegg in the Bavarian Alps has some of the best. Thanks to the town’s sunny but snowy conditions, the trails here—especially the Oberstein—attract...
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Veytaux, Switzerland
Expect to be transported back to medieval times during your visit to Château de Chillon. More than 1,000 years old, the beguiling castle has inspired many poetic greats, none more so than Lord Byron, whose poem The Prisoner of Chillon was...
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Schaukäsereistrasse 6, 3416 Affoltern im Emmental, Switzerland
After an early morning breakfast at my hotel in Bern, I walked about five minutes to the train station for a day trip to Emmental. Once there, our first stop was the Emmentaler Schaukäserei show dairy, where I learned the process of how...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Housed in an old chalet in the hamlet of Finland, Restaurant Findlerhof has one of the best outdoor patios around. It’s spacious and sunny—and overlooks the Matterhorn. The restaurant itself is rustic yet comfortable, offering a mix of...
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Hoher Dachstein, 4830, Austria
The Dachstein Glacier offers some of Austria’s most incredible Alpine experiences in any season, but particularly in winter. Head to the easily accessible Ice Palace for a fun look deep inside the glacier, or brave the highest...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Just as Rome has the Colosseum and Paris the Eiffel Tower, so Switzerland has the Matterhorn. Located above Zermatt, this 48,195-foot wonder attracts hordes of visitors, eager to see the morning sunlight beam off its four faces, ski its...