Following a period of unseasonably mild weather in December, temperatures have now plunged and the first snowflakes are finally falling in the Alps. Winter tourism operators are delighted, and they are not the only ones.
The 45-year old fell, alone, into a 30-meter hole on the Dachstein mountain. Wintry, dangerous conditions at 2,050 meters altitude made the rescue a challenge, just as it was for a similar incident 30 years ago.
A group of mountain researchers hiked the length of the Alps this summer, retracing a similar trek 25 years ago. Much has changed since then, especially when it comes to the environment.
The writer Hermann Hesse praised his beloved Swiss Alps to the skies, although the other tourists in the Engadine Valley really got on his nerves.
In Grindelwald, globetrotter Steve Hänisch goes for a cliff walk to an observation platform, takes a train up to Europe’s highest railway station at an elevation of 3500 meters, goes skiing and samples Swiss cuisine.
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