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Take a Hike in the Alps

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You might assume that the Alps are one monolithic range. On a hiking tour of Switzerland, Austria, and Southern Germany, however, you’ll soon appreciate the mountains’ variety from Switzerland’s UNESCO World Heritage peaks in Jungfrau-Aletsch to the softer, slate-rich Kitzbühel Alps in Austria.
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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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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...
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Arlberg, 6655, Austria
Some isolated parts of Austria's Vorarlberg province were not really conquered until recently with modern roads and tunnels. In summer, the high-altitude Zürsersee lake appears has a fairy-tale like emerald hue. It's fitting, then, that the...
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82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or GaPa if you're in the know, lies in a valley below the Wetterstein chain's dramatic Zugspitze, which at nearly 10,000 feet is the highest peak in Germany. The smaller 4,100-foot-high Eckbauer peak is known for its easier...
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5700 Zell am See, Austria
In Austria's Salzburg province, the Zell am See resort boasts a postcard-perfect mountain setting. At the center of the area is Lake Zell, which runs for 2.5 miles and is just under a mile wide. Fed by mountain streams, it has remarkably clear and...
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83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
A little under two hours southeast of Munich, the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden is the gateway to the Berchtesgaden National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where red deer roam and eagles soar. A hike around the pristine Königssee glacial...