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The soaring mountains of the Alps are the region’s most famous sights. Here are six places in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland that should be on your must-see list when you are ready for some high-altitude adventures.
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The Matterhorn, at 14,692 feet, is not Switzerland's tallest peak (it comes in fifth), but with its dramatic profile and its steep, sheer faces presenting a unique challenge to climbers, it has long been an icon of Switzerland and the Alps. Most...
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Gstaad, Switzerland
Around 90 minutes south of Switzerland's capital, Bern, Gstaad sits amid the stunning lakes and soaring peaks of the Bernese Oberland. It's a part of Switzerland where nature is at its most breath-taking with green valleys in the shadow of some of...
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Gaislachkogel, 6450, Austria
Austria's Ötztal region, at the westernmost end of the country and near the Italian border, offers a true Alps experience. There are more than 300 peaks here with altitudes of at least 3,000 meters (9,843 feet). The area is also remarkable...
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82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
At the base of Germany's highest peak, Zugspitze (elevation 9,718 feet), Garmisch-Partenkirchen makes for an easy detour to the Bavarian Alps from Munich, an hour away by car (or 90 minutes by train). Long two separate towns separated by the...
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Hohe Tauern, 5730 Mittersill, Austria
At 12,461 feet, Grossglockner is Austria's tallest peak, but it's only one of 226 peaks with a height over 9,800 feet in Hohe Tauern National Park, the country's largest, covering some 695 square miles. It's a landscape of rugged mountains and...
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83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
The German town of Berchtesgaden is an easy detour from Salzburg, less than 20 miles away, as well as from Munich (roughly 110 miles). The town first came to prominence because of its salt mines, but beginning in the 19th century, it became better...