It doesn’t get much more European than the Alps. The great mountain range pretty much defines Europe, stretching over 1200 kilometers and 8 countries, large and small. Careful here – it’s one bite-sized region you may not want to leave.
- Why go there?
The Alps have been developed for tourism for the past two centuries and are now filled to the rim with all a tourist can wish for. I mean, seriously, do I need to promote going to the Alps? They are big and diverse though, so don’t underestimate the undertaking of “going to see the Alps”. Its a bit like “going to Europe”. Just cooler.
- What’s it best for?
The place to be for a serious adrenaline junkie. If it’s extreme – you can do it here.
- When is the best time to go?
Any time. With the amount of tourism infrastructure, you’re guaranteed to have a good time in any season. My favourite time here is May and June, when the mountain pastures are blossoming.
- How to get around?
The train network of the Alps is famous for a reason. Use it.
- Why is it best to avoid?
Can be pricey. Avoiding Switzerland can help a lot though.
- Where to go if you just have one week?
Well, as I said, Switzerland is pricey. But you get serious quality for your money. Just choose a canton or a valley and stay there – the train prices are a real joy-killer.