How to Live the Alpine High Life
Collected by Simon Willis , AFAR Local Expert
Whether you break for bubbly on the slopes, spend the day at a luxurious spa, or shop for one of the world’s finest watches, you’ll find the Alpine high life almost impossible to leave.
Lomattenstrasse 6, 3906 Saas-Fee, Switzerland
One of the highlights of any Swiss sojourn should be relaxing and rejuvenating at a luxurious spa, surrounded by the stunning Alps. At Peak Health in Saas-Fee, you can go one step further with a retreat to fully refresh your body. With help from...
Freihaus 4, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany
To truly live the Alpine life in Germany, you must dine on authentic Bavarian fare surrounded by majestic mountains. Freihaus Brenner am Tegernsee offers your best chance to do so—with a five-star finish to boot. Here, spectacular views over...
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,...
Schlossgass 77, 7414 Fürstenau, Switzerland
One of three 3-Michelin starred restaurants in Switzerland is aptly located in a castle in Canton Graübunden’s scenic Domleschg Valley and worthy of a bank-breaking splurge. Its stoves are helmed by the handsome chef...
St Moritz, Switzerland
In a country full of swanky resort towns, St. Moritz takes the crown with its wide array of five-star hotels, designer stores, and award-winning restaurants. The town is also home to such exciting activities as skijoring and ice cricket, which...
A snow covered horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful countryside of the Salzburger Land looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale. Take in the breathtaking winter scenery from beneath a few layers of blankets and enjoy Austria at...
Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Once I had experienced the obligatory tour of Neuschwanstein Castle (located in southwest Bavaria, Germany), I wanted to escape the masses and was particularly keen on taking my own "perfect postcard" photos of the castle. This was not difficult...
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