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Must-See Attractions In The Alps

  1. Lake Maggiore, Italy
Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is one of the three very popular lakes in Italy. The other two lakes are Lake Lugano and Lake Como. Several visitors combine a visit to all the three lakes into one big trip. Getting to Lake Maggiore is very easy. All you have to do is to catch a train from Milan. You will end up at Stresa, which is the base for exploring the area. You can simply sit down near the lake with a book or a drink. Or you can take a boat ride to explore the islands of Isola Madre and Isola Bella. Tourists also take train rides and cable car rides to enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty of Lake Maggiore.

 

  1. The Stelvio Pass, Italy
The Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass is the second highest of its kind in Italy. It is a road connecting the towns of Bormio and South Tyrol and is very popular as a scenic ride. The pass was built during the 19th century by the Austrian Empire. At Stelvio Pass, you will find many quiet and secluded villages, surrounded with ski resorts and mountains. The Stelvio Pass has 75 turns and spans across a length of almost 50 kilometers. The road is located very near the Italian-Swiss border and you will be able to see it as you come down the pass to Bormio. You can hike on several mountains surrounding the pass. All of them can be completed within a few hours.

 

  1. Bath Gastein, Bath Gastein , Austria
Bath Gastein

Bath Gastein is a natural spa center located at a small town by the same name. It is also a popular skiing site of the Austrian Alps. The pools and baths are supplied with fresh water from mountain springs. Bath Gastein was the first site in the world to introduce vapor bath. It was constructed in the 18th century and was rebuilt again in the 19th century. The bath is constantly medically supervised and is completely safe to use. The duration of baths and the temperature of water can be customized according to the individual. You might need a doctor’s prescription for taking a mist bath at this site.

 

  1. Brienzer Rothorn Railway, Switzerland
Brienzer Rothorn Railway

Ever imagine hiking on a scenic mountain while a red colored train passes by you? This scenario is entirely possible at the Brienzer Rothorn Railway. Located at the Emmental Alps, the railway track comes up towards the Brienzer Rothorn Mountain. The train moves slowly from the bottom to the summit. The station at the summit is located at a height of 2244 meters! The train makes its way through various tunnels and makes quite a few beautiful loops on its way. The hike to the top takes about an hour to complete. There are quite a few guest houses and restaurants at the top. There is also a trail stretching between the two stations if you just want to admire the scenery on foot.

 

  1. Graubünden, Switzerland
Graubünden

Graubünden is known as one of the best skiing areas in the Swiss Alps. It contains some of the highest trails in the world and offers staggering views. Some of the popular activities offered here include cross country skiing, skiing, winter hiking and snowboarding. Other less stressful activities include taking a scenic journey on a train or relaxing at numerous spas and baths. It is also popular with hikers as it offers as many as 40 hiking trails. Graubünden is best visited during summer because that is when it is at its scenic best. There is wilderness as well as completely modern tourist facilities. There are small villages as well as big hotels to suit every pocket. Graubünden is also home to Davos – one of the best resorts in Switzerland.

 

  1. Stanserhorn, Nidwalden, Switzerland
Stanserhorn

The Stanserhorn is a mountain reaching up to almost 1900 meters in height. Unlike many other tall mountains, this one is easily accessible. There are options of hiking to the summit as well as taking a cable car. Both the options offer panoramic views of the mountains and of the surrounding valleys. The summit is home to a revolving restaurant,  built in 2001. There is also an observation deck for visitors. The cable car service runs from the month of April to November.

 

  1. Sylvenstein Lake, Upper Bavaria, Germany
Lake Sylvenstein

The Sylvenstein Dam is a man-made lake located in the Isar Valley. Situated at a height of almost 800 meters, it is a part of the Karwendel Alps. The lake gets its water from the Isar River. This man-made lake is surrounded by numerous hiking trails offering rich views of the area. One of the most popular attractions is the ‘Sylvenstein Bridge’ which offers a picturesque ride. As a tourist you can simply admire the view around the lake. Or you can take a swim in the waters or even go hiking on any of the routes. There is also a cycling track on the southern bank of the lake by the name of ‘Bavaria Tyrolensis’.

 

  1. Step Into the Void, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France
Step Into the Void

The Step into the Void is a skywalk located in the Mont Black range. At 3842 meters, it is the highest such attraction of Europe. The stunning skywalk is entirely made of glass. Overlooking the vast expanse of the Alps, it truly makes you feel at one with the mountains. The glass panels have been reinforced thrice and are completely safe to walk on. In spite of that, it is not a place for the faint-hearted. The glass is so clear that, as you step inside, you might just feel like there is nothing beneath you. It truly does make you feel like stepping into a void.

 

  1. Les Ailes du Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France
Les Ailes du Mont Blanc

Paragliding is complete unadulterated fun, especially during summer. The ‘Les Ailes du Mont Blanc’ Paragliding School in Chamonix takes in both new and experienced paragliders. Many of them come to the school for fulfilling their dream of flying amidst the Alps. Some paragliders dare to combine free-ride skiing and speed riding along with paragliding.

 

  1. Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy
Gran Paradiso National Park

The Gran Paradiso National Park is named after a mountain by the same name. It is part of the Italian Alps. Along with offering beautiful landscapes, the park is also home to glaciers, valleys, meadows and lakes. You can also see rare animals like the Alpine Ibex and eagle-owl at the park. The Alpine Ibex is a type of mountain goat which almost went extinct at one time. You will also find numerous small villages located within the boundaries of the park. Many of them contain visitor centers which offer more information about the area. The park is very popular with many hikers who come to enjoy the views. Other popular activities include bird watching and wildlife watching.

Originally posted 2017-05-05 06:01:47.

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