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Lake Geneva (Switzerland)

Lake Geneva (Switzerland) – this land-locked lake (a.k.a. Lac Leman in French) is the largest body of water in Switzerland, with France taking up its southern shore, and the Alps themselves acting as a picturesque backdrop. The north shore (east of Lausanne) is nicknamed the “Swiss Riviera” because of the pricey real estate found there. […]

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Lake Garda (Italy)

Lake Garda (Italy) – this lake (Lago di Garda), located in northern Italy, is known for its crystal clear water. It is also Italy’s largest lake. At the south end, the town of Sirmione is dominated by the Rocca Scaligera, a fortress with harbor views. The nearby Grotte di Catullo archaeological site includes a Roman […]

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Lake Como (Italy)

Lake Como (Italy) – located in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, Lake Como is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest […]

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Hallstatt

Hallstatt (Austria) – this is a village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten, an ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake, and to Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform. A trail leads to the […]

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Hahnenkamm Ski Race

Hahnenkamm Ski Race (Kitzbühel, Austria) – this is the most legendary & dangerous event of its kind. Each January, the best skiers of the world meet here to take on the frightening course. What started in 1931 as a small international ski race has grown into the most spectacular ski race in the world. For […]

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Grossglockner

Grossglockner (Carinthia & East Tyrol, Austria) — the Grossglockner is, at 3,798 meters above the Adriatic, the highest mountain in Austria and the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. It is part of the larger Glockner Group of the Hohe Tauern range, situated along the main ridge of the Central Eastern […]

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Golden Roof

Golden Roof (Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria) — is a landmark structure located in the Old Town section of Innsbruck, Austria. It is considered the city’s most famous symbol. Completed in 1500, the roof was decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) – this is a German ski resort in Bavaria (near the Austrian border), formed when two towns united in 1935. It’s a popular destination for skiing and ice skating as well as hiking. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, with a 2,962 m summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable […]

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Füssen

Füssen (Germany) – this is a Bavarian town in Germany, just north of the Austrian border. Its Gothic castle, Hohes Schloss, houses a regional art museum. The museum of St. Mang’s abbey showcases Füssen’s violin- and lute-making industry. The eclectic Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie southeast of the town. Nearby Tegelberg mountain has a […]

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Davos

Davos (Switzerland) – located about 2 ½ hours southeast of Zürich, this Alpine town is known for being a popular winter sports resort, as well as being the annual site of the World Economic Forum (which brings together major business movers & shakers, international political leaders, intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues […]