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The Alps are the highest and most extensive range of mountains in Europe, mostly located in France, Italy and Switzerland, though they go all the way to Slovenia. The highest peak of Europe, the Mont Blanc, is located in the French part. The Alps are often said to offer pure air and revivifying waters which reduce anxiety and sadness, according to science. Even in the 1840s, people knew that already, starting to build sanatoria and health resorts.
The French Alps are mostly attractive for outdoor experiences and adventures. Most people go to the French Alps to go skiing and mountaineering. The region is also known for its Alpine lakes, of which Lake Geneva is the largest, where there are many opportunities for water sports all year round.
The Italian Alps can be divided into several smaller parts, of which the Dolomites are the most famous. This Unesco World Heritage site is mostly visited for skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, cycling and base jumping. The most well-known cities in the Dolomites are Trento, Rovereto, Bolzano, Brixen, Merano, and Riva del Garda.
The Swiss Alps are one of the three main regions of Switzerland, along with the Swiss plateau and the Jura Mountains. They are mostly preferred for their lovely, scenic villages with stunning mountain views, and the Bernese Highlands, which are considered the best of the Alps. Except for the Mont Blanc, the Swiss Alps feature the highest mountains of the Alps, such as the Dufourspitze, the Dom, the Liskamm, the Weisshorn and the Matterhorn. However, while some ranges of the Alps are entirely in Switzerland, some others, such as the Mont Blanc, are shared with other countries: France, Italy, Austria or else Liechtenstein.
Annecy:Nicknamed ‘Venice of the Alpes’, this medieval town was built around a 14th century castle. Several canals and streams cross the streets, all coming from the Lake Annecy, which is said to have the cleanest waters in Europe, and the river Thiou. On this river, in the middle of town, there is a small island with a 12th century castle, called the Palais de l’Isle. After its duties as a palace, the building was used as a prison and courthouse. Now, it is a Historical Monument where you can visit the local history museum.
Chambéry: Lying in a valley in the Alps, Chambéry offers an almost 360 degree view of the French Alps. To the north, the town borders the Lac du Bourget, which is the largest natural lake in France. Worth a visit are the Château de Chambéry, the Fontaine des Éléphants, the Cistercian Abbey of Hautecombe, and the Cathedral de Chambéry.
Chamonix: One of the oldest ski resorts in France, this is the place where the first ever Winter Olympics were organised in 1924. Lying next to the Mont Blanc, here you will find the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world. The Crystals Museum houses a very impressive collection of crystals, mostly from the Alps, but also from the rest of the world.
Grenoble: Two rivers cross this city, the Drac and the Isère, and it is surrounded by three mountain chains, the Vercors, the Chartreuse and the Belledonne. Grenoble is known for its universities and its scientific research centers, and it is the very first urban Eco-district in France. Among many others, Grenoble has its Natural History Museum, with collections of mineralogy and the Alpine wildlife; the Musée Dauphinois, with exhibitions about the lifestyle of the historic province of Dauphiné; the Musée De L’Ancien Eveché, with the history of the Isère region; the Museum of Resistance and Deportation, with the history of the WWII in the Alps; and the Museum of French Revolution, the only museum entirely dedicated to the French Revolution.
Megeve: This town was conceived by the Rothschild family as a French alternative for St Moritz. A picturesque town with horse drawn carriages, cobbled streets, old wooden chalets, and a 13th century church. It is one of the most famous and fanciest ski resorts in the world.
Bolzano / Bozen: The capital of the German speaking region of northern Italy, South-Tyrol, Bolzano (Bozen in German) is widely known for its Archaeology Museum where you can find the world-famous iceman Otzi. It is officially known as the capital of the Alps because of its seat of the Alpine Convention. Also worth a visit are the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Messner Mountain Museum, the South Tyrol Museum of Natural Science, the Municipal Museum, the City Gallery, the Monument of Walther von der Vogelweide, or the Victory Monument.
Como: This town is widely known as the birthplace of scientists Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, and of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery. The most touristic part is around the Lake Como, which has been appreciated for its environment and beauty for ages. The best view of the lake can be seen from inside the Volta Lighthouse. Along the waterfront, you can find the Tempio Voltiano, a temple to Volta, the War Memorial, one of the tallest structures near the water, or you can visit the Isola Comacina, a small island with several ruins of churches and a beautiful view over the lake.
Merano / Meran: The second largest city in South Tyrol, this town is also bilingual. Despite being in the north of Italy, it has a very mild climate, mostly due to the mountains in the north, east and west protecting it from wind and bad weather, while to the south it lies in an open valley. Therefore, it is also widely known as a spa resort. At the Touriseum, the South Tyrol Museum of Tourism, you can learn about the history of tourism in South Tyrol, or visit the Women's Museum Evelyn Ortner for a lesson in the culture of women’s everyday life. Also worth a visit are the City Museum, the Princely Castle Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Meran Art City Gallery, or the Monument of Empress Elisabeth.
Milan: The second most-populous city of Italy is known worldwide. It is the place to be for Italian fashion, football and opera, and it is at the same time one of the most ancient cities of Europe. Being that big, there are of course many things to see: churches, cathedrals, palaces, museums, theatres, opera houses, fine architectures, monuments, and so on. The most well-known are the Duomo, La Scala, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Brera Art Gallery, the Pirelli Tower, the San Siro, the Castello Sforzesco, the Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica, and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology.
Verona: Famous thanks to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a beautiful Unesco World Heritage Site. You can visit the Arena, an enormous Roman amphitheatre; the Castelvecchio, a 14th century red castle with the City Art Museum; Lamberti’s Tower, the tallest tower of Verona; the Porta Borsari, the remains of a Roman gate; the Verona Cathedral; the Basilica of St Zeno; the Castell San Pietro; the Roman Theatre; or the Archaeological Museum.
Basel:It is the third most populated city in Switzerland. Basel is home to many well-known and renowned museums, and possesses a large number of heritage sites – the Old Town of Basel being included in its wholeness. Basel also has a carnival, the Fasnacht. It shares its borders with two other countries, France and Germany, and it is the gate to Alsace, or else the Black Forest. You can also attend ballet, opera or theatre pieces as Basel features the Theatre Basel and the Symphony Orchestra Basel.
Berne: It is the capital of Switzerland, and its old town has been classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site. What’s more, it hosted – along with seven other cities – the 2008 European Football Championship. There are a lot of must-see attractions in the capital, since Berne is home to 114 heritages sites. For instance the Zytglogge (Time Bell) and, since the 16th Century, the city is home to bears, who live in a bear pit, known as the Bärengraben. Note also that Albert Einstein used to live in the city, and the Federal Palace is settled in Berne, hosting the national parliament – which you can visit.
Crans Montana: This is a municipality and a ski resort in the canton of Valais, located in the centre of the Swiss Alps. It hosted the 1987 Ski World Championship, some festivals, and the second largest golf tournament. What’s more, it is also used for biking events.
Davos: A town in the Alps, located on the Landwasser (river). It host the World Economic Forum and the largest ski resorts. It also hosts the Spengler Ice Hockey Tournament. It hosts seven heritages sites seen as national importance.
Geneva: The presence of many international organizations makes the city a global centre of diplomacy. It features 82 Heritage Sites with national significance. It is home to the Headquarters of the UNO and the seat of many multinationals organizations. Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau and pretty Old Town will certainly surprise you, since it is one of the Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Gstaad: This city hosts the largest ski area in the Alps. Here you can find a lot of luxury shops and hotels, and it is frequented by wealthy people. Gstaad is well-known because a lot of events take place here, such as the Swiss Open (tennis tournament), the Christmas Market Circus in December or the Snow Bike Festival. Also, some celebrities regularly spend their vacations here.
Interlaken: Located between two lakes, this city offers magnificent views on the environment and lakes. There are a lot of activities and excursions to do. You can either go skiing, or do some excursions ship, and paragliding is possible as well.
St. Moritz: This city has hosted the Olympics twice. There are a lot of possibilities of activities here: you can either go sailing, hiking, playing tennis, horse riding, and last but not least, skiing. Thanks to its great location, St Moritz is sunny during the whole year. It is a well appreciated place because there are a lot of top-class restaurants.
Zermatt: Located at the foot of the Matterhorn. It is near a huge ski resort, featuring 360km of ski slopes, so many tourists come to ski during the winter. What’s more, you can go skiing in Zermatt during the whole year! Hiking is also possible and this will give you an amazing panoramic view of the Matterhorn.
Zürich: Zurichis ranked among the top cities in term of quality of life. There are many activities and things to discover, and lots of museums and art galleries. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is very busy and tourist most likely land here when they arrive in Switzerland. Since it is close and easy to have access to the Alps from Zurich, it is known as the “Portal to the Alps”.
It is not difficult to get to the Alps, with the Grenoble Isère Airport or the TGV train to Paris in the French Alps, the Verona International Airport in the Italian Alps, and the International Airport of Geneva in the Swiss Alps. A flight from London is possible to all three airports and takes about 1,5 - 2 hours.
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