Helpful tips for hiking in Europe

Don’t Straddle an Electric Fence (and Other Helpful Tips for Hiking in Europe)

Summer in the Alps means countless hiking trails, cows grazing in flower-filled pastures, and welcoming alpine huts. We just returned from a month in Europe, stopping in mountain villages in Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. We hiked or biked every day and discovered a few things along the way. Beyond the obvious, like wear sunscreen and carry …

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Family hiking in Lech Austria Lake Spullersee

Family hiking in Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Austria

An excellent (and exclusive) ski destination, Lech Zürs am Arlberg in Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg is also world-class during the summer season. Sparkling mountain lakes, glacier-fueled streams, and lush alpine meadows draw tourists from all over the world.  And the family hiking in Lech is excellent with family-run hotels, accessible trails, and traditional mountain huts …

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Cheese lunch Bregenzerwald Cheese Road

Discover Treasures on the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road

In the Bregenzerwald region of Vorarlberg, Austria, silvery-brown cows graze in flower-filled alpine pastures. Alpine dairies dot fragrant mountain meadows, and inside traditional farmhouses, wooden-shoed families devote their summer to the production of Bregenzerwald alpine cheese – one of the treasures from the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road. Not a route you will find on Google Maps, …

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Summer in the Dolomites

Summer in the Dolomites “The mountains are calling and I must go.” ― John Muir John Muir’s quote captures my sentiment well, especially when it comes to summer in the Dolomites. If you haven’t experienced this unique corner of the Alps, here are five reasons to plan a summer visit. Scenery Describing the landscape in the …

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Beautiful houses in the seaside village of Manarola

Authentic Cinque Terre

How to Discover the Authentic Cinque Terre I swallowed the bitter taste of disappointment as I trudged along the concrete path. I had traveled to the Cinque Terre, a region in Italy encompassing five small villages on the Ligurian Sea, to hike a famous trail. The crowds and the vendors lining the concrete path were …

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Family hiking Dolomites Italy alpine playgrounds

Favourite Alpine Playgrounds

We love exploring the mountains and discovered that in addition to family-friendly hiking, there are some amazing playgrounds and other cool features in the alpine. Over the past few years we have spent time hiking in the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites (Italy), Zermatt (Switzerland), Megève (France), Grindelwald (Switzerland) and Verbier (Switzerland). Each alpine destination offers …

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Family Hiking Zermatt - Zum See is a great destination

Hiking in Zermatt

We love to be active when we travel and one of our favourite family destinations for hiking, sightseeing and eating is Zermatt, Switzerland. When you visit Zermatt, be sure to include these two hikes for the stunning scenery and delicious restaurants along the way. Zermatt to Findeln The first hike is from Zermatt to Findeln. It is possible to take an …

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