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When the Sun Shines at Midnight

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 baby. These are her reflections on her 2019 summer trip. Sometimes I can’t keep up with my own mind. My thoughts remain...

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Taking the Kids to the Alps

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 Obersteinberg, and this is what I’m thinking.  I’m carrying two packs because my 13 year old daughter has been...

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A Song for the Hotel Grones

A Song for the Hotel Grones

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 restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view, etc…  Whatever it is, combine a few of these...

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Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

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 the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view, etc… Whatever it is, combine a few of these...

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Hiking to Obersteinberg

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

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

Berghotel Obersteinberg

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 Obersteinberg.

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Family Adventures: Taking Your Toddler to the Swiss Alps

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 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

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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Reflections on our guided Bernese Oberland Traverse 2018

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 was one of the more inspiring notes we’ve received.  Thanks for coming and sharing… you did it!  Pictures are...

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Riederalp, Bettmerhorn and the Mighty Aletsch Glacier

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

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

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

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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