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Exploring the Göschenertal

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

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

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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Exploring Ascona & Locarno

Exploring Ascona & Locarno

The twin cities of Ascona and Locarno is one of the most significant bases to start your adventure from in Ticino.  The Maggia river separates Ascona and Locarno which serves as an entry point to the regions abundant valleys which are easily accessible by Post...

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Gotthard Express to Ticino

Gotthard Express to Ticino

Switzerland is home to so many different cultures and landscapes, all housed within a small border that is barely 3 times larger than Los Angeles County.  When thinking of Switzerland many things immediately come to mind – chocolate, cheese, tall mountains and...

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Niesen Funicular – Lake Thun’s Perfect Pyramid

Niesen Funicular – Lake Thun’s Perfect Pyramid

The Niesen is a very striking, almost perfectly pyramidal peak just south of Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.  It’s not big on the tourist track, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a trip.  If you do want to visit, the ride on...

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High Above Lugano, Monte San Salvatore

High Above Lugano, Monte San Salvatore

Lugano, in the southern reaches of Switzerland, is a real gem.  Right on the border of Italy, you’re met with Mediterranean breezes, the sounds of swaying palms, floral notes in the air, lots of sunny days and poolside relaxation.  The geography of the area is...

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Alpinehikers Holiday Traditions

Alpinehikers Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving is a holiday of numerous meanings and traditions. At Alpinehikers we spent some time thinking about our own traditions and what makes the holidays special to us. The following stories are from our office staff who each celebrate in their own way and...

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Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

Have you ever had the curiosity to ride a nostalgic, old-fashioned steam engine driven train? For over 125 years the Swiss have provided that opportunity with the Brienzer Rothornbahn, built in 1892. Starting from lake Brienz between Interlaken and Meiringen in the...

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Lucerne’s Scenic Excursions

Lucerne’s Scenic Excursions

For my first few years coming to the Alps, I thought of Lucerne as something of a quick stop on a larger tour of Switzerland – a place to see, but not necessarily to linger.  But the more time I spend here, the more I realize just how much this whole area has to...

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Swiss Transportation: BAHN!

Swiss Transportation: BAHN!

Switzerland is many things to many people, a beautiful country of soaring mountains, turquoise lakes, attractive cities and rustic villages.  The landscape is truly daunting, with mountains blocking the way in every direction – “much more up and down than...

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Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Bruno Yates

Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Bruno Yates

We understand that it’s nice to know who you will be exploring the trails with during your Alpinehikers tour. My name is Eryka Thorley and I work in the Alpinehikers office as well as guide in the Alps. Each month we will be introducing you to another member of...

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Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Zach Dahlmer

Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Zach Dahlmer

We understand that its nice to know who you will be exploring the trails with during your Alpinehikers tour. My name is Eryka Thorley and I work in the Alpinehikers office as well as guide in the Alps. Each month we will be introducing you to another member of our...

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Thomy: The Swiss Staple

Thomy: The Swiss Staple

One of the top best little things you’ll find in Switzerland is Thomy’s. Just when you need it most, it’s there when you’re eating a potentially boring sandwich on the trail or when you’re making a creative dinner at home. Thomy is there...

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Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Matt Hart

Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Matt Hart

We understand that its nice to know who you will be exploring the trails with during your Alpinehikers adventure. My name is Eryka Thorley and I work in the Alpinehikers office as well as guide in the Alps. Each month we will be introducing you to another member of...

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The Art of Photography

The Art of Photography

This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the art (and fun!) of photography. We hope to help you take better pictures whether you’re using a camera phone or a professional DSLR. From exploring your own backyard to travelling to far-off destinations,...

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