Alps - Switzerland

The Alps is the name for one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The word "Alps" was taken via French from Latin Alpes, which may be influenced by the Latin words albus (white) or altus (high) or more likely a Latin rendering of a Celtic or Ligurian original.

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Kayla P :

so all i need to know is Alps information. i'm not alowed to use wikipedia. so just give me some information on the Alps if you could please

Ralfcoder :
"First of all... the Alps are not in Australia. Maybe you're thinking of Austria? Edit: OOPS!!! Sorry - I didn't know about the Southern Alps! My mistake...."
jennifer h :
"The Southern Alps are in new Zealand . we have the Victorian Alps in Australia. our highest mountain in our alpine region is Mount Kosciusko"
John Truth Teller :
"Sorry all, but the fact is Kalya is correct, They are named the Australian Alps. The area is also refer to by the Mexican as The Victorian High country. Refer to as The Snowy Mountain by people in NSW. The highest mountain is Mount Koscuiszko. First survey and name by Sir Paul Streszlicki ( the spelling may be incorrect ) Height is 2280 m. Mexican are people ( Victorians ) south of the border."
Tyler R :
"i live in nz we have the southern alps not aussie"
Evan :

The French Alps, Swiss Alps, Austrian Alps, Bavarian Alps (Germany), Italian Alps, or the Julian Alps (in Slovenia).

labellephilomene :
"French alps - very high mountains Swiss alps - classic scenery and villages Bavarian/Austrian - a special character of their own. I've been there. Try starting in Munich and taking the train to the Salzburg area. Italian - romantic lake district Julian alps - don't know anything about them"
Lisa B :
"If you've never been to the Alps, stop agonizing and just go to any part, they're all great. To start with the last: the Julian Alps (in Slovenia) are very nice, very free of tourists, and of great interest to people interested in WWI, which is why my husband and I visited them this summer. Don't expect resorts. Do expect awesome views, great river rafting or kayaking, and interesting folk art. The food we got was great. English is not one of the major languages, but German and Italian are widely spoken. Being Austrian, I love the Austrian Alps, of course. Go to this web site to see: I have been to the French, Swiss and Bavarian alps. They also have great views and things to do. Personally, I find the people less friendly. The Italian Alps are kind of the "edge" of the Alps, and it is great to go there if you also want to see the Italian coast. Hope I helped!"
istanbulbogazi :
"Italian alps. People are friendly, paysage is great, food is great."
brightorangeysun :

I'll be spending about 6 days in paris in early October and I've heard that the Alps are pretty beautiful. I'm wondering if the Alps are close enough for a day trip and how convenient it is to get there. Being early October I'm also concerned about how cold or snowy the conditions might get at the Alps.

alma b :
"quite far away... even six days is not enough for paris enjoy!"
MEW :
"Way too far for a day trip! And where in the Alps anyway? The Alps span across parts of France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. So, you'd have to pick a particular place, like Chamonix, for example. I think the Alps are best experienced by spending several days in the region. Taking a hike or two and visiting different villages. Just taking the train to the mountains for a day and walking through a village and buying a cheesy souvenir isn't worth your limited amount of time. The draw of the Alps is the outdoor recreation options...hang gliding, biking, hiking skiing etc. And, it could be quite cold in the Alps in October. You'd be better off visiting Versailles (but it might not be open, not sure about that) for a day or taking the Eurostar to London."
Smarty Vero :
"Only an American would ask such a question (don't mean it in a negative way but you guys have no notion of distance when it comes to traveling in Europe)... It will take a minimum of 6 to 8 hours driving or riding a train from Paris to the Alps... so you do the math... Is seeing a Mountain worth a 12 to 16 hour trip just for a few hours? This said, if you choose to go, enjoy!"
emma :
"yeah, um it takes about 6 hours to get form Paris to the Alps. so it wouldn't work to go there for the day."
alastairwauchope :
"As others have said it's way to far to do in a day from Paris, you could get the TVR to geneva but this take 4 hours, so thats your day gone. If you want to see the Alps you should take at least 3 days. Also no snow on the Alps in October unless you see one of the really big ones like Mont Blanc. Enjoy whatever you do."

 

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adrock1795
Date: 2008-02-03 13:25:27

Soccer crowds in England like to abuse match referees by chanting: “You don’t know what you’re doing.” If protesters had been able to get near the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, they could justifiably have aimed the same chant at the world leaders who assembled in the Alps.


BlogSalesman
Date: 2008-02-03 13:25:27

Scott Dunn is a luxury UK tour operator. We have chalets in the Alps and villas in the Mediterranean, and specialise in tailor made escapes


@7717ud3
Date: 2008-02-03 13:25:27

Central Europe Vacation SpecialSWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA & PRAGUE - Across the Alps to the Imperial CitiesDATE JUL 4-17/SEP 26-OCT 9, 2008PRICE PP $8,990, SGL SUPP $1,350Promo Code:HC-NL


Coolandcalm
Date: 2008-02-03 13:25:27

Skiing the jagged Alps from chalets and villas in France is absolutely spectacular! France’s best ski resorts include top spots such as Chamonix, Val d’Isere and Courchevel




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