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Stubli

the alpine hikers blog

We love the Alps. Switzerland has been our home away from home every summer hiking season since 1999. We’ve had a lot of time to develop opinions about the best of this and the worst of that, the experiences not to miss, and the way to get the most out of travel in the Alps. This is where we share our unbiased opinions, insights; and, we hope, a bit of inspiration. Naming our blog “Stübli“, the Swiss German word for a cozy pub/restaurant in the traditional style, is a way of sharing our love for a refreshing beer, a hearty meal, and good conversation – after a long day spent hiking through alpine mountains and meadows, of course! Pull up a chair, we’d love to swap trail stories.

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

Glacial Gorges of the Alps: Gletscherschlucht

Glacial gorges – Gletscherschlucht in German – are a special treat when hiking in the Swiss Alps. Go explore these little side adventures along paths cut dramatically through the cliff walls by glacial melt water. Trummelbach Falls and Rosenlaui Gorge in the Bernese Oberland region are some of our favorites.

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Alpinehikers Commits to Carbon Neutrality

Alpinehikers Commits to Carbon Neutrality

Alpinehikers has joined the over 300 global organizations that have signed on to the United Nations Climate Neutral Now commitment. This commitment means that we pledge to carefully measure our greenhouse gas emissions, reduce them as much possible, and offset the remaining emissions with vetted carbon reducing projects around the world.

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Tales from the Trail: Ed Muckerman

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 them again and share another trail together, but, either way, their remarkable kindness and tenacity continue to inspire...

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Hiking the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hiking the Tour de Monte Rosa

Walk the Tour de Monte Rosa (TMR) route through Italy and Switzerland to experience an unfolding gallery of panoramic mountains, quaint villages, and idyllic streams. Read more about hiking hut-to-hut along this ancient trade route.

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Go Ahead, Put Your Feet Up

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 particularly long day out on the trail. My feet hurt, my ankles were swollen and I had some hot spots. I was ready to kick my shoes...

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Sunrise in Tahoe

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 and hopeful” – Edward Abbey No matter what you think of Ed Abbey, he got some things right. Early morning is...

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It’s hard to be bored in Colorado

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 recreational capital. But whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, river rafting, horses, or another of the many highlights of this...

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Travel With All 5 Senses

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 memories with family and friends. Or possibly it’s been on your bucket list for years and you’re finally ready to set...

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Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

Classic Switzerland: the Hotel Gletschergarten

Alpinehikers’ fosters special relationships with hotels and hoteliers in Switzerland and throughout the Alps. The Hotel Gletschergarten is one of our favorite homes-away-from-home to share with our guests. We talked with owner and host extraordinaire, Gabriela, about the history and news from her beautiful corner of the Alps.

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The Swiss Culture of Craftsmanship

The Swiss Culture of Craftsmanship

Any conversation about Swiss craftsmanship will very likely lead directly to the high quality precision watches the mountainous country is known for–and with good reason. With companies like Breitling and Zenith producing mechanical watches able to measure down...

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Switzerland Has the Best Bread in the World

Switzerland Has the Best Bread in the World

Switzerland has the best bread in the World.  There, I’ve said it.  Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolate, cheese, watches, and efficient transportation.  But they don’t get enough credit for their bread, and as a former...

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Dreaming of the Hotel Europe in Zermatt

Dreaming of the Hotel Europe in Zermatt

We are picky about our hotels so you can have the best possible experiences in the Alps. The Hotel Europe in Zermatt goes above and beyond. And a 20 year long relationship between the owners and Alpinehikers means seamless service for our guests.

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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 Dolomites Hotel With a Difference

A Dolomites Hotel With a Difference

More than just a place to stay, Hotel Grones in the Italian Dolomites is a place to enjoy and celebrate your hiking tour in the Alps. Attention to detail, great food, comfortable surroundings, and hosts who really care about your experience make this alpine hotel one of the greats.

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Hiking to Obersteinberg

Hiking to Obersteinberg

You’ve heard about Hotel Obersteinberg, the wonderfully authentic mountain inn perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Like a fairy tale combination of mountains, waterfalls, flowers and cows, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is a gem within a gem. This deeply...

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