The Alps & Europe

Germany

You hop on a train to a quaint Bavarian town below soaring mountain peaks. You tighten your leather boots and hike out of the town, gaining altitude with each switchback. Eventually, tired and sweating, you arrive at an alpine hut where you sit on the porch and sip a cold hefeweisen and soak in the views while waiting for your hot dish of spaetzle. You are in Germany. Life is good.

Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Mindelheimer, Klettersteig
Allgäuer Alps, Germany
Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Rappensee, Rappenkopf
Allgäuer Alps, Germany
Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Hochalpsee, sunset
Allgäuer Alps, Germany
Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Fiderapass, Wildental, Mittelberg
Allgäuer Alps, Germany
Allgäuer Alps, Germany, Schüsser, Fiderapasshütte, Fiderapass
Allgäuer Alps, Germany
Zugspitze, Wettersteingebirge, Germany, summit, sunset
Wettersteingebirge, Germany
Zugspitze, Wettersteingebirge, Germany, sunset, clouds
Wettersteingebirge, Germany
Freiburg, Germany, autumn, road, Black Forest
Black Forest, Germany
Schauinsland, sunset, Black Forest, Germany, Freiburg, winter
Black Forest, Germany
Dresden, Elbe River, Kofkirche, cathedral,Germany, reflection
Dresden, Germany

Austria

About three quarters of Austrian land is mountainous, encompassing almost the entirety of the northeastern Alps. Photos here include the Lechtal Alps in the summer, and the Zillertal and Ötztal Alps in the winter.

Lechtal Alps, Austria, Memminger H
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Lechtal Alps, Austria, Dremelspitze, Hanauer H
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Lechtal Alps, Austria, wildflowers, Memminger H
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Lechtal Alps, Austria, Leutkircher, meadows, Weisschrofenspitze
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Hintersee, Lechtal Alps, Austria, hiking
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Lechtal Alps, Austria. Kaiserjochhaus, Grie
Lechtal Alps, Austria
Obergurgl, Austria, December, winter, alps, europe, Ötztal Alps, panorama
Ötztal Alps, Austria
Ahornspitze, Mayrhofen, Austria, sunset, Zillertal
Zillertal Alps, Austria
Mayrhofen, Austria, panorama, clouds, Zillertal
Zillertal Alps, Austria

Switzerland

The Swiss Alps include some of the mightiest peaks in the range, including the most famous mountain of all -- the one and only Matterhorn.

Zermatt, Switzerland, Matterhorn, snowy, Pennine
Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Matterhorn, winter, moonlight, Zermatt, Switzerland, Pennine
Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Matterhorn, moon, Zermatt, Switzerland, Cervino, Pennine
Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Ruchstock, Hasenstock, Switzerland, moonlight, Urner
Urner Alps, Switzerland
Grindelwald, Wetterhorn, moonlight, Jungfrau, Switzerland, Bernese
Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Griessental, sunset, Switzerland, alpenglow, panorama, Urner
Urner Alps, Switzerland
Eiger, sunset, M
Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Konkordia, moonlight, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Aletsch Glacier, Bernese
Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Mürren, Jungfrau, Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Bernese Alps, Switzerland, panorama
Bernese Alps, Switzerland
Rugghubel, Rugghubelhütte, Engelberg, Switzerland, Urner Alps
Urner Alps, Switzerland
Matterhorn, cloud, Zermatt, Switzerland, Pennine
Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Matterhorn, alpenglow, sunrise, Zermatt, Switzerland, Gornergrat, Pennine
Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Engelberg, Switzerland, moon, town, Urner
Urner Alps, Switzerland
Hahnen, Engelberg, Switzerland, moon, Urner
Urner Alps, Switzerland
Mönch, Mürren, Bernese Alps, Switzerland, sunset
Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Dolomites, Italy

The Dolomites in Italy, or Le Dolomiti in Italia, are some of the most jagged peaks on Earth. This region is truly an alpine paradise. These mountains were formed from ancient reefs, and therefore they pop up in clusters, or groups, instead of traditional straight ranges. Between these jagged, towering groups of mountains are gentle grassy meadows filled with colorful wildflowers and quaint alpine towns. The Dolomites are also famous for their "via ferrata" climbing routes. Translating to "iron way", these routes have fixed cables that climbers can clip into for safety, making it possible for hikers and novice climbers to safely climb large, steep routes that normally would only be the domain of experienced climbers. The via ferrate have a fascinating history; they were initially installed by Italian and Austrian troops who fought a ferocious battle against each other in the Dolomites during the First World War. Tunnels, bunkers, and other relics of the war are found throughout the peaks of this region.

Dolomites, Italy, Tre Cime, Lavaredo, Drei Zinnen
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy, Vajolet, Torri del Vajolet, Rosengarten, sunset
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
wildflowers, Sorapis, Lago Misurina, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Baita Segantini, reflection, San Martino, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy, via ferrata, Cristallo
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites,Italy,Rosengarten, Vajolet Towers, clouds
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy, via ferrata, Salvezza, Strada degli Alpini
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy, Rosengarten, via ferrata, Laurenzi, Molignon
Dolomites, Italy
Rifugio Bolzano, Schlernhaus, Dolomites, Italy, Rosengarten
Dolomites, Italy
Tre Cime, Lavaredo, Drei Zinnen, enrosadira, Dolomites, Italy, reflection
Dolomites, Italy
Cortina, Dolomites, Italy, night, lights
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, snowy, Dolomites, Italy, December
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, Passo Rolle, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, Dolomites, Italy, winter
Dolomites, Italy

Julian Alps, Slovenia

The Julian Alps are a rugged and beautiful range in of Slovenia, the northernmost country of the former Yugoslavia, bordering Italy and Austria.

Triglav, Razor, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Gozd Martuljek, Spik, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Pihavec, Pogacnikov dom, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
ibex, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia
Kranjska Gora, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Slovenia

Pyrenees, France

Photos from the Pyrenees, which run along the southern border to Spain.

Lescun, France, Pyrenees, sunrise, town
Pyrenees, France
Pic du Midi d'Ossau. Lac Gentau, Refuge d'Ayous, Pyrenees, France
Pyrenees, France
Pyrenees, Lescun, town
Pyrenees, France
Lescun, Pyrenees, France
Pyrenees, France
Pyrenees, refuge, pompie
Pyrenees, France
Pyrenees, horses
Pyrenees, France

Norway