Jordan Tiernan went to Valais to see why it’s considered one of Europe’s best mountain biking destinations…
In this week’s Roundup, read about the state of the world’s glaciers that are located within UNESCO World Heritage sites, artificial glaciers in the Himalayas, and a graphic novel of Alexander von Humboldt.
World Travel guide shares 10 ski-free summer adventures in Switzerland. This post covers paragliding over Interlaken, treasure hunting in Basel, hiking over glaciers and canyons and more.
Here are some of the best places for hiking in Switzerland. Hike to high Alpine lakes, flowering meadows, and glacier-capped peaks in the Alps.
Swiss Alps Jungfrau Aletsch Region are the world famous mountains famous not just for its majestic snow clad views but also for its famous train ride.
Source: Jungfrau, Switzerland
Many iconic glaciers at natural World Heritage Sites across the planet could disappear by the end of the century, according to a new report that analyses the impact of carbon emissions and rising temperatures.
The Jungfrau-Aletsch Region was chosen as the first Alpine UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. At its heart lies the mighty rock massif of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and the glacial landscape around the Great Aletsch Glacier.
With its snow-capped mountain peaks, crystalline Alpine lakes, well-preserved Medieval Old Towns, fairy-tale mountain villages, and high-class cities filled posh boutiques, there’s no shortage of ways to fall in love with Switzerland.
You can woosh down premier ski slopes, cruise in paddle steamers, soak in lavish spas, dip into pots of fondue, take in world-class art, and listen to renowned musicians. And, of course, there’s the chocolate. This petite country is big on things to do. To try and see everything would be daunting, but these are the 25 things you absolutely can’t miss.
Ski in the Shadow of the Matterhorn
In Zermatt, you can swoosh down first-class slopes and wind past the country’s most recognizable peak, the snaggletooth-shaped Matterhorn. But you don’t have to don skis to see the iconic Alpine mountain; the awe-inspiring Matterhorn reigns over the entire car-free town.
Stroll Through Lucerne
In the geographic heart of the country, Lucerne offers a quintessential Swiss experience: Jaw-dropping mountains lead to a medieval town nestled along the edge of a sapphire-blue lake lined with waterfront promenades and crisscrossed by picture-perfect, wood-covered bridges.
Go to the Top of Europe
Living near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains has given my family a love for majestic mountain scenery with favorite outings to the Roan Highlands and other impressive viewpoints etched in our slate of memorable experiences.
For a special family trip, Switzerland catapulted to the top of our list of appealing destinations, inspired by the splendor of epic alpine peaks and a vibrant hiking culture. Equally alluring were the quaint, flower-bedecked villages and storybook image of Heidi and her goats, roaming a lush alpine meadow.
Though the familiar Appalachian vistas would hardly prepare us for the grandeur of the Alps, our motive was the same: on a clear day get to the top!
Our 10-day journey began from Zurich as six of us traveled by train to Engadin Valley in eastern Switzerland, then to central regions of Lake Lucerne and Interlaken.
My weekend in Interlaken was filled with nonstop exploration and unforgettable experiences. Here are my top ten things to do in Interlaken in the winter!
One of the most visually stunning cities in the world, Interlaken is an incredible place for a winter getaway. There is no shortage of experiences to have here, both above and below the mountain tops.
While certain activities are only available in the summer, when the first snow falls a slew of opportunities open up for adventure. Outdoor Interlaken is the hub for adrenaline-inducing activities in Interlaken. They offer all types of tours of the town, guides for snow sports, and all the gear you could possibly need for your excursions. I filled my weekend with non-stop exploration and unforgettable experiences.
Here are my top ten things to in Interlaken in the winter!
Go Paragliding in Interlaken
Visiting the Jungfraujoch’s eternal ice and snow is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the annual two million visitors can attest. Riding the narrow cog railway to 11,300 ft (3,454 m) is a must. On the journey you pass by the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall, through tunnels, past polar dog kennels, finally arriving at the heart of the glaciers.
Beyond just being a financial hub, Switzerland’s largest city is vibrant, lively, and also makes travelling to its most beautiful destinations a piece of cake!
Ahh Switzerland…the landlocked heaven on earth cradled amongst the folds of its larger European compadres. Small, yes, but it packs quite the punch. Of snow-smothered alpine arcadias, shimmering basins, confessional-quiet valleys and rolling mountains each one scraping a bit more of the sky than the other. I could wax lyrical about its slumbering cities and fairytale-charmed hamlets, but you probably already know about the halcyon eden that it is.
But where’s best to start your Swiss expedition? Geneva’s wine sipping French laissez-faire, Lugano’s intricate Italy accented piazzas, or clean and efficient Basel? They are amazing cities in their own right, but Zürich trumps them all. Read more
Nature had one of her finest moments in Switzerland. Where else can you find such varied and intense beauty – colossal glaciers, raging falls, hidden valleys and 4000m mountains – in such a small country?
On foot or skis, by bike or raft, with karabiner or paraglider, the Swiss have harnessed these wild places with impeccable precision. And no matter how ‘switched-on’ life gets, this will always be a land where you can find adventure and solitude.
On a high in Valais
Nothing says Switzerland more than that mountain. As the train chugs from Täsch to the ritzy outdoor resort of Zermatt, the pop-up effect of the Matterhorn is surreal. The 4478m fang of rock and ice forces your gaze skywards and elicits gasps of wonder.
Closer, you say? Kein problem. The Gornergratbahn, Europe’s highest cogwheel railway, has been trundling up to Gornergrat (3089m) since 1898.
UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and serves as specialized agency of the United Nations. The World Heritage Site is a landmark recognized both by UN and UNESCO, and represents a site that is unique and has a cultural, historic, natural and other significance.
At the moment, there are 1052 sites recognized, of which the most are located in Italy, followed by China, Spain, France, Germany, India and Mexico. In this article you can read about ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europethat definitely deserve to be on your bucket list. The old continent offers limitless opportunities and sites to be seen, so make sure to cross at list one of the list.
1. Jungfrau, Switzerland
Jungfrau is one of the most visited destinations in Switzerland and is part of the Jungfrau – Aletsch area. It is the highest point in the area, with the Jungfrau rail station being located at 3,454 m, which makes her the highest in whole Europe. No matter which time during the year you’re going to visit the place, the railway to it is one unforgettable experience that allows you to see the beauty of the Alps, being surrounded with green valleys and forests. Jungfrau is the perfect choice for a winter vacation, so if you ever have the opportunity to go there, definitely do it! Jungfrau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.