Posts by Matt Hart

spa robe in front of window with flower box Hotel Bouton d'Or, Alps Italy

Hotel Bouton d'Or Welcomes You Along the TMB

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be th...
group of Swiss dairy cows

Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

Cows graze on a steep hillside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley with Schmadribach Falls in the background. As a traveler hiking through the Swiss A...
walking path along glacial gorge Gornerschlucht in Zermatt

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

One of the best hidden surprises in the Swiss Alps: glacial gorges. Dramatic, narrow...
View toward the Aletsch Glacier from Riederalp

Alpinehikers Commits to Climate Action With Carbon Neutral Pledge

We recognize the problem.  How can you square climate change as one of the defining challenges of our age while flying halfway around the world...

Tales from the Trail: Ed Muckerman

You meet some people in this life that you will always think of with fondness and appreciation.  Hopefully you’re able to cross paths with...
hiking trail to alpine hut

Hiking the Tour de Monte Rosa

Learn about the historic roots of the Tour de Monte Rosa hiking route, a gorgeous and wild loop from Zermatt through Italy around SwitzerlandR...

How to Make Casunziei: an Unexpected Pasta Delight from the Dolomites

While hiking the Alps in the summer months, I’ve often found myself in what feels like an unending walk uphill, where – as much as I love...

Go Ahead, Put Your Feet Up

Tired, sore legs after a long day on the trail? Put your legs up the wall.  I distinctly remember a thought occurring to me during a particular...

Introducing New England with a Self-Guided Sea to Summit

Although it’s a little outside Alpinehikers’ normal range, Gloucester, Massachusetts has too much summertime appeal to pass up on you...

Unexpected Blessings in a Time of Pandemic

Living in this time of Covid, we find ourselves learning and changing to meet the new reality. Alpinehikers staff and guides share some perspecti...

Sunrise in Tahoe

“Early morning is the sweetest time of day, any day. That’s when your senses are keenest, your mind liveliest, your heart most alive ...

It's hard to be bored in Colorado

Colorado is a state with a hiking problem. Or maybe it’s an outdoor activity problem in general, though hiking is the main draw to this recreat...

Travel With All 5 Senses

Everyone has a different reason for visiting the mountains. Maybe you want to take an active vacation. Perhaps you want to create lasting memorie...
hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc

5 Key Components to Preparing for a Post-Injury Hiking Trip

We understand the importance of physical and mental preparedness when it comes to enjoying your adventures in the Alps.  To put some resources a...

Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

The Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald is “A Place Where People Feel Good” Tucked quietly just outside of town near the end of the...
Swiss craft workbench and two artists

The Swiss Culture of Craftsmanship

Any conversation about Swiss culture will quickly point out the craftsmanship at the heart of everything the Swiss do. And anyone discussing qual...
bread selection in Zermatt Switzerland

Switzerland Has the Best Bread in the World - Recipe Included

Switzerland has the best bread in the World.  There, I’ve said it.  Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolat...

Dreaming of the Hotel Europe in Zermatt

The Best Breakfast in the Alps When I imagine my favorite Alpine breakfast, my daydreams always take me to the Hotel Europe in Zermatt.  This ha...

When the Sun Shines at Midnight

Sidney Haines, age 13, has been visiting the Alps with her family, the founders and owners of Alpinehikers, almost every summer since she was a b...

Taking the Kids to the Alps

“This is not worth it… we have to turn around.”  I’m stopped on a steep trail part-way to the remote Berghotel Oberstein...
Alps hotel, Dolomites, Italy

A Dolomites Hotel With a Difference

What makes a hotel in the Alps truly great? It might be the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view…  Combine a ...
Alps mountain inn Bernese Oberland

Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be th...
hikers on a trail in the Alps above the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Hiking to Obersteinberg

You’ve heard about Hotel Obersteinberg, the wonderfully authentic mountain inn perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Like a fairy ta...

Stay at Obersteinberg Overnight

Staying the night at the historic Berghotel Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, ...

The Best Hike in the Alps

Is there such a thing as the BEST HIKE in the Alps?  After leading hiking tours for over 20 years, I have a lot of favorite hikes throughout Swi...

Strangolapreti, hard to say delicious to eat!

One of the things I appreciate the most about travel is the opportunity to experience a culture and history through food. While written and oral ...

Winter Holiday Traditions in the Swiss Alps

swiss-image.ch/Ivo Scholz At first glance, winter holidays in the Alps are just what you’d imagine: blankets of snow are piled high atop ti...

Tour du Mont Blanc: 100 miles, 3 countries and non-stop postcard worthy views

Foreign language, beauty, culture, cuisine, and hospitality are just a few things that come to mind when reminiscing about my adventure along the...
Playground "Spielplatz" Winteregg Murren

Family Adventures: Taking Your Toddler to the Swiss Alps

The Bernese Oberland is set up for family adventures, and not just for the 7 year old who kicked my butt on a Bernese Oberland Tour tour a few ye...
Sunrise over Soglio

Soglio and the Hidden Val Bregaglia

Soglio is an almost impossibly charming village in the Bregaglia valley in Southeastern Switzerland.  Not far from famous St Moritz and cozy Pon...

Running with Julia: the best burger (veggie too) joint in Chamonix -- Moo

The best part of hiking Chamonix’s legendary vertical kilometer to the top of Planpraz is the stunning view of Mount Blanc from the top.  The ...

Running with Julia: an interview with Patrizia and Andrea Brunet, the owners of the family run Bouton d'Or Hotel in Courmayeur, Italy

Courmayeur is one of our favorite stops on the Tour du Mont Blanc – classy and atmospheric, with great views and a pedestrian-only main roa...

Engstlenalp - A Perfect Day out between Bern and Central Switzerland

Engstlenalp is one of our favorite alps.  An historic inn and scenic farm, tucked at the end of a pretty valley above Meiringen.  There are lak...
Chamonix Aiguille du Midi cable car

Running with Julia: Aiguille du Midi

The Aiguille du Midi is Chamonix’s most popular tourist attaction – a fantastic cable car right up to the world of ice and snow near ...

Reflections on our guided Bernese Oberland Traverse 2018

Susie, Jack and their daughter Katya joined us on a guided Bernese Oberland Traverse this summer.  Susie’s letter thanking us for the trip...

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spa robe in front of window with flower box Hotel Bouton d'Or, Alps Italy
 

Hotel Bouton d’Or Welcomes You Along the TMB

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be the gourmet resta
group of Swiss dairy cows
Switzerland. get natural. The Neckervalley is located in the heart of the Region Toggenburg in eastern Switzerland. The traditional cattle show in Brunnadern is a highlight in the autumn customs of the valley. Schweiz. ganz natuerlich. Die traditionelle Viehschau in Brunnadern im Neckertal. Das Neckertal liegt im Herzen der Ostschweiz in der Region Toggenburg im Einzugsgebiet von St. Gallen, Wil und Zuerich. Suisse. tout naturellement. Le Neckervallee est situe au cÏur de la region Toggenburg dans la Suisse orientale. Le betail traditionels montrent dans le village de Brunnadern est un point culminant dans les coutumes dÕautomne de la vallee. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism - By-Line: swiss-image.ch / BAFU / Beat Mueller  

Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

[caption id="attachment_20184" align="alignnone" width="770"] Cows graze on a steep hillside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley with Schmadribach Falls in the backg
walking path along glacial gorge Gornerschlucht in Zermatt
 

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

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