The Best Alpine Adventures
Collected by Simon Willis , AFAR Local Expert
Europe’s shining glory, the Alps offer a glittering range of activities. World-class resorts attract waves of skiers, epic journeys like the Haute Route lure hikers, and family-friendly attractions like amusement parks and zip-lines excite the kids.
74400 Chamonix, France
For an arduous yet gratifying tour of the Alps, look no further than the Haute Route. This ultimate Alpine adventure—beginning in Chamonix, France and ending in Zermatt, Switzerland—can be undertaken either on foot (which takes 12 days) or on skis...
Am Hangenwald 1, 88074 Meckenbeuren, Germany
Ravensburger Spieleland is not your average amusement park. Located in Upper Swabia between Ravensburg and Lake Constance, the 61-acre wonderland features a whopping 60 rides of varying excitement, including the Fix and Foxi toboggan run. Families...
Rauschberg, 83324 Ruhpolding, Germany
The Bavarian Alps offer some of the most legendary bird’s-eye views in the world, making it easy to understand why hang-gliding is so popular in this part of the range. For the best experience, head to Rauschberg, which features practically...
First Flieger, Bergstation Firstbahn, 3818 Grindelwald, Switzerland
For those seeking the thrill of paragliding at a much lower altitude, the Grindelwald ZipRider (known locally as the First Fleiger) provides the desired adrenaline rush. At 847 yards long, the zip-line hurtles visitors down the mountainside and...
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
While Switzerland draws seasoned skiers and professional riders with off-piste slopes and snow parks, the country also has plenty to offer beginners. In particular, Zermatt features an excellent array of ski schools, which help novices cut their...
Arlberg, 6655, Austria
For those who treasure off-piste terrain and lighter-than-air powder, heli-skiing is the ultimate adventure. The once-in-a-lifetime sport allows skiers and snowboarders to fly above the Alps and drop onto untouched slopes before snaking down...
Col du Pillon, Route du Pillon 253, 1865 Les Diablerets, Switzerland
The vast wilderness of Glacier 3000 continues to beguile visitors year after year. While you can ski here, most take a snow cat or dog sled across the plateau, or hike to the precipices and look down on the surrounding area. Glacier 3000 is also...
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