The Alps mountain range is the most famous European mountain range, and possibly the loveliest too. It is certainly one that all who love mountains should aim to see at least once in their life. However, any visitor to the Alps is faced with a dilemma: which of the resorts in the different Alpine countries and regions to choose as your destination? As someone who is familiar with a number of different parts of the Alpine range, I can appreciate that the choice will not be a simple one. Each Alps resort has its own attractions, and your choice will be motivated by what it is you love to do while you are in the mountains. With this in mind, here are my own top picks of the Alpine resorts.
Top French Alps Resort for Adventure Lovers — Chamonix
Chamonix is the perfect destination in the French Alps. It is here that you will find the tallest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc, which is a magnet for climbers. As impressive as Mont Blanc undoubtedly is, Chamonix offers so much more.
In winter, there are ski areas to suit every ability. You will find no shortage of ski and snowboarding schools to help you reach the next level. Afterwards, party-goers will find a varied night-life scene.
In summer, experienced climbers have an opportunity to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, and the rest of us can enjoying the hiking or can rent a mountain bike. Try paragliding or white water rafting too while you are here. This is a top resort for active families as well as for anyone who enjoys a range of sports.
Top Swiss Alps Resorts for Scenery and Location — Zermatt and Interlaken
The Swiss Alps resorts all offer spectacular scenery, and nowhere more so than Zermatt. Here you find the iconic Matterhorn mountain and a range of high altitude walks among the natural beauty of the Alps. Admire the beautiful alpine flowers or use the excellent public transport system of trains, cable cars and funiculars to visit the peaks and glaciers. Remember your camera, this is one destination you will never forget!
If you prefer a destination that is a good base from which you can visit other Swiss resorts, Interlaken is perfectly located. This pretty town has plenty of shops and nightlife and allows you to visit the higher altitude mountain resorts without feeling isolated from modern life.
Top Austrian Alps Resort for Variety — Seefeld
Seefeld is a well-kept resort in the beautiful Tyrol region of Austria’s Alps. The resort has a lake and lies among impressive mountain scenery, but is also just a short drive from the major road routes to airports in Innsbruck and Munich. This makes Seefeld a great location from which to make excursions to the attractive city of Innsbruck and into Bavaria in Germany. There are plenty of opportunities for mountain walking and sports activities in Seefeld itself, along with tasteful shops and restaurants.
Other regions you might consider include: the Italian Alps, perfect for splitting your time between mountains and the sunny lakeside towns; Bavaria, for a rich culture and fairytale castles; or Slovenia, for an unspoiled mountain experience. Whether you travel in Winter or Summer, and like a fast or a slow pace of life, the Alps have the perfect resort for you.