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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…

Europe has a province with many interesting sights. There are many idyllic villages worth visiting.
The crossing of the borders is a very simple procedure and not at all time consuming.
You may simply rent a car and just start…

Gotthard, Susten, Grimsel, Furka, Nufenen, Lukmanier, Oberalp and Klausen are Alpine passages at a high altitude that offer an extremely fascinating driving experience. This can be combined with other touristic sights, like the old road to Tremola Pass and the Goshener Alp, with views to the Damma Glacier, where you may stop at many impressive view points for taking photos or having a picnic.

Don’t miss the chance to try the typical Alpine dishes: raclette, cheese fondue, meat fondue and polenta.

 

Food

Try the famous Alpine dishes Cheese fondue, Rosti and Raclette and buy from local bakeries the famous bread zopf.
Have a picnic outdoors, near a lake, indulging in a typical sandwich “jambon  et fromage” on a crusty baguette,
while accompanying it with a bottle of  good Alpine wine such as :
Petite Arvine, Heida, Amigne de Vetroz or Pinot Noir.
The cuisine at the Alps is based mainly on local products like polenta, dumplings and speck.

Polenta. This traditional dish made of corn flour, can be found in Italy, in Tyrol, in Switzerland, in Austria and also in Romania, Moldavia and some other Balkan countries.



Dumplings. This is some kind of pasta. Regardless of where you will eat it (in Germany, in Austria, in Switzerland or in South Tyrol) and in whatever kind and shape, this dish is an absolute must for any visitor.



Speck. This is some kind of smocked bacon, quite popular at the area of Schwarzwald, at Tyrol and at south Tyrol



Other traditional dishes from the Alps area are:

Raclette: It can be described as a dish made of melted cheese, which is eaten with boiled or roast potatoes, accompanied with cucumber pickles and onions too. It is one of the most popular dishes in Switzerland and also very popular in other places of Europe, like France and Germany. The Raclette cheese originates from the French Alpine areas, at the Swiss canton Valais. The drinks that accompany it best are: Kitsch (cherry liquer), herb tea or Fendant (local white wine).

Cassoulet. This is a quite heavy cooked dish, made of meat (duck usually and pork sausages) and white beans. It is the perfect dish to warm you up and comfort you in the cold nights. It is very filling and at the same time it is absolutely delicious. The meat is cooking slowly and for hours, along with beans, and at the end it thickens up beautifully. It took its name from the ceramic cooking pot named cassole, into which it was cooked originally.



Fondue. It is a dish made of melted cheese with the addition of white wine and it is served into a special, ovenproof cooking pan put on a flame which burns beneath it, so as to keep the mixture warm and liquid. Small bites of bread are dipped with special little forks into it and are covered with small portions of the delicious cheesy mixture. It is a beloved dish from the French Alpes.



Fondue Bourguignonne: Apart from the classic cheese fondue there is also the Fondue Bourguignonne.
This kind of meat fondue is maybe the easiest, fastest and most delicious way to enjoy meat cooked in this traditional French Alpine way.


 

Sights

The Alps have a unique climate and picturesque beauty that is unrivaled anywhere else in the world. It is a must-visit region for an unforgettable experience.

Visit the Swiss Museum of transport, the Culture and Convention Center and the Museum of Art Lucerne, in the beautiful city of Lucern, in the central Switzerland.

Don’t miss the famous ski resort Zermatt where you can see the amazing mountain Matterhorn. Pay a visit to  Aosta, a town situated near the Italian entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, where you can see a Roman theatre and an ancient Roman Cathedral that reveal the town’s unique culture.

 Dominated by a handsome castle, Spiez is a peaceful village situated on the edge of Lake Thun. Highlights from this little village include a 14-mile circular hike, promising fine views of the mountainous terrain, bright blue lake waters, and a visit to the 1000-year-old church within Spiez Castle.

The traditional architecture and colorful façades of Appenzell’s main square and street draw visitors to its center, year after year. Home to an impressive castle, Catholic Church and mural-covered town hall, a guided tour around the best of the village’s architectural delights is always a treat.

 

Hotels

If you are fond of a typical Swiss chalet you may find some beautiful ones in St.Moritz, Andermatt, Gstaad and Zermatt.
Apart from the chalets, you will find plenty of picturesque hotels with views to the dragon lakes and to the mountains. 

 

Fun

Apart from all the wonderful winter sports that you may enjoy in Alps, you will probably have the chance to get a glimpse of some of the various local festivals that often take place in the Alpine region, where local orchestras play the Alpine horn and a chorus performs songs with the famous yondelling.   

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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