Category Archives: Alps

Aperitivo et Al

Aperitivo et Al
Aperitivo et Al

Aperitivo et Al (Salita Serbelloni, 34, 22021 Bellagio CO, Italy) — located in the enchanting town of Bellagio, close to the waterfront but not directly on the lake is Aperitivo et Al. As the name suggests, this place specializes in quality aperitivi accompanied by excellent wines and delicious, locally sourced food. There is an experienced sommelier in the bar who will be able to recommend the right wine at the right time. So, any customer can feel free to entrust him with their decisions.

Europark

Europark
Europark

Europark (Europastraße 1, 5018 Salzburg, Austria) – here, everything is under one roof: more than 130 shops and restaurants await shoppers in Europe’s most beautiful shopping center. is the largest shopping mall in Salzburg and – in terms of turnover per m² – the most successful in Austria. The EUROPARK achieved international prestige in 2007 when the shopping mall was the first in the history of the International Council of Shopping Centers to earn two ICSC Awards.

International retailers found there include: Apple, Billabong, C&A, Calvin Klein, Calzedonia, Esprit, Geox, H&M, Ikea, Lacoste, Levi’s, Nespresso, Peek & Cloppenburg, Scotch & Soda, Starbucks, Superdry, Tommy Hilfiger, and Zara (as well as various local & regional brands).

Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez
Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez (Place Joseph Paganon, 38750 Huez, France) — L’Alpe d’Huez is a ski resort at 1,250 to 3,330 meters. It is a mountain pasture in the Central French Western Alps, in the commune of Huez, which is part of the department of Isère in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Alpe d’Huez has great pistes for all standards, a large 250km ski area and reliable snow cover. What’s more it is easy to get to, being a 90-minute drive south-east of Grenoble, the nearest airport. The village is located at 1,860m on a sunny plateau above the valley town of Bourg d’Oisans, and over the decades it has developed at random, resulting in an architectural hotchpotch split into eight small districts, or quartiers.

There is a wealth of other activities on offer in Alpe d’Huez, including ice driving, climbing (there’s an indoor climbing wall), swimming (heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools), skating (open-air ice-rink), dog sledding, aerial activities such as paragliding, heli and plane flights, and snowshoeing.

Bärenwirt

Bärenwirt
Bärenwirt

Bärenwirt (Müllner Hauptstraße 8, 5020 Salzburg, Austria) – this is one of the oldest inns in Salzburg (in existence since 1663), serving various local specialties, such as Backhendl (breaded fried chicken), wiener schnitzel (veal or pork), kasnocken (small dumplings combined with melted cheese, spargelzeit (asparagus), beef goulash with bear-size dumpling, or kaiserschmarren (a fluffy pancake shredded, pan fried with roasted plums, topped with powdered sugar). This large restaurant has a terrace, which is a popular dining area in good, dry weather, and patrons can enjoy the view from there.

Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle (Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland) — Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhône. Admission: CHF 12.50 (adult), CHF 10.50 (seniors, students, and disabled), CHF 6 (children 6-15 years old). Hours vary. See its website for an updated schedule: www.chillon.ch

About Alps

Alps
Alps

The Alpine Mountain region includes the entire countries of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and portions of Austria, France, Germany & Italy. This mountain region fascinated Europeans as far back as the Roman era. Remains of Roman baths, villas, arenas and temples can be found in alpine towns such as Aosta (named for Augustus) in Italy, Martigny and Lausanne in Switzerland, and Partenkirchen in Bavaria (Germany).

With the local Alpine populations long subsisting on agriculture, tourism gradually came to the Alps by the 19th century – where railway links and tunnels were first established (easing travel throughout this transportation-challenged region). Spa resorts also existed in the 19th century, mainly at the base of the Alpine mountains, where visitors enjoyed the local scenery.

The birthplace of modern skiing is the Austrian town of Arlberg (where the Arlberg Ski Club was established in 1901). The introduction of the ski lift above Grindelwald (central Switzerland) in 1908 would pave the way to the proliferation of ski lodges throughout the region (in order to accommodate winter visitors).

One factor that boosted tourism in the Alps was the Winter Olympic Games. During the first half of the 20th century, three such Olympic events were held in the Alps: the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France; the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland; and the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. With World War II interrupting the Olympics, the winter games resumed in alpine locations like St. Moritz (1948), Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956), Innsbruck, Austria (1964 and 1976), Grenoble, France, (1968), Albertville, France, (1992), and Torino, Italy (2006).

With Switzerland and the Bavarian region of Germany long attracting winter visitors, Alpine tourism expanded elsewhere with time. By the end of the 20th century and into the early 21st century, France, Italy and the Tyrol (Austria) also began to see increases in winter visitors. More modernized ski lifts and snow making machines helped make Alpine resorts more viable (even during years when snowfall was light). In 2004, the first heated chair lifts were introduced at Arlberg.

Nowadays, an estimated 120 million people visit the Alps every year. Along with the skiing & winter sport destinations, tourists can explore the towns and cities in this geographic area and visit its museums and other historic sites, sample Swiss cuisine at local restaurants, and interact with the local populations.