The Alps in Two Weeks
Collected by Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
The Alps offer a daunting amount of activities, from skiing in powdery snow, to relaxing at Alpine spas, to visiting Bavarian castles. Instead of getting overwhelmed, use this list to get the most out of your 14-day visit.
Route des Bains 42, 1892 Lavey-les-bains, Switzerland
After a long day of skiing or climbing, the Swiss head to luxurious spas to unwind. Les Bains de Lavey offers the warmest thermal baths in Switzlerand alongside saunas, Turkish baths, a revolving whirlpool, and various massage treatments. Located...
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...
Klausen Pass, 8751 Spiringen, Switzerland
Swiss Alpine roads not only lead to some of the most exhilarating outdoor adventures in the world, their hairpin turns and perfectly maintained surfaces allow for a James Bond-type thrill of their own. The Klausen Pass provides such joys along...
Karl-und Martin-Neuner-Platz, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Step back in time with a visit to the astonishing Olympiaschanze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Famous for hosting the ski jumping event during the 1936 Winter Olympic Games, the iconic structure, which was renovated in 2007, continues to wow crowds...
5453 Werfenweng, Austria
Skiers trying to minimize their carbon footprint should head to eco-friendly resort Werfenweng. A member of sustainable tourism network Alpine Pearls, the Austrian town offers innovative solutions to protecting the earth. Visitors are encouraged...
Alpseestraße 30, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
You know you’re in the Bavarian Alps when a majestic, fairytale-like castle appears in the distance, perched atop a rugged peak. Thanks to King Ludwig II and his obsession with 19th-century Romanticism, this mountainous area is home to a...
Königssee, 83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany
No matter the time of year you visit, Lake Königssee will always inspire utter awe. Summer means shimmering water in shades of emerald and sage green, while winter brings a cold, misty atmosphere with otherworldly light. Take a boat ride...
Mürren, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing...
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