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Hiking to Obersteinberg

Ready to hike to Obersteinberg? You’ll start from the floor of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland is already my favorite area in the Alps – a fairy tale combination of mountains, waterfalls, flowers and cows. The Lauterbrunnen...

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Overnight at Berghotel Obersteinberg

A night at Obersteinberg is a highlight for everyone on our Bernese Oberland tours. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and inspiring. And the fresh mountain air is the perfect antidote to today’s stressful routines. The rooms are simple and absolutely charming. Private beds...

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Berghotel Obersteinberg

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 Switzerland, France and Italy,  but if it comes down to one “best hike”, my answer is easy and always the same… go to...

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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 years ago, but as a mother of a non-stop wound-up and sassy two year old, it’s the perfect place for a family adventure of...

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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 Pontresina, this hidden valley and beautiful village are nonetheless firmly off the beaten path.  It’s long been one of...

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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 the summit of Mont Blanc.  At the top, you have viewing platforms, restaurants, the thrilling “step into the...

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Riederalp, Bettmerhorn and the Mighty Aletsch Glacier

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps.  It’s a massive river of ice 14 miles long and 3000 ft thick at Koncordiaplatz, its thickest point.  This is what people travel to Jungfraujoch to see, stretching out from the Jungfrau in the Bernese...

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Reflections on the Best of Bernese Oberland 2018

We love family trips to the Alps.  There is so much to see and do, and it is an adventure the kids will never forget.  The Hollenbaugh family brought their daughters on a custom self-guided Best of the Bernese Oberland tour, adding Zermatt and Chamonix this summer. ...

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Hardergrat to Lombachalp

The Hardergrat ridge, above Interlaken, is beginning to get some well-deserved buzz.  Dan Patitucci’s evocative photos of running along the ridge are putting in on the hard-core trail runner bucket list.  But that’s a big and challenging route, outside the...

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Running with Julia: lunch at Chalet la Floria

Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud.  It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts,...

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Exploring the Göschenertal

The Göschenertal is not all that well known, even within Switzerland.  But it’s a fabulous valley in a very central location, just outside Andermatt, nestled amid the Oberalp, Furka and Gotthard passes.  It’s very close to a lot of interesting rail...

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Traveling Solo in the Alps

Here at Alpinehikers we’re often asked questions about traveling solo in the Alps.  I recently sat down with Abby Strauss-Malcolm, a veteran guide and head of sales for Alpinehikers and our partner company Run the Alps, to ask about her many solo miles traveled...

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St. Moritz to Lugano on the Palm Express Bus

Switzerland boasts numerous ways to get from Point A to Point B.   You can go slowly by foot, walking a stretch of hiking trail in an alpine pasture or near a mountain peak.   A bike, whether battery-assisted or powered by muscle, will move you a bit quicker.   Then...

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