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The top destinations, resorts and places to visit in the Alps

  1. Chamonix Mont-Blanc

    France

    Home to Europes highest peak and the capital of alpine mountain sports, Chamonix is a must-stop on any tour. With an authentic atmosphere of a working town, Chamonix manages to mix winter chic and budget ski with something for every budget. Take the lift to the Aiguille du Midi with its amazing three countries view or the train to Montenvers and the 'Sea of Ice' glacier. Tour the Alpine Museum, hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, enjoy a sandwich or Michelin starred meal, the variety of what's on offer is why Chamonix is the top spot to destinations in the Alps.

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    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
  2. Zermatt

    Switzerland

    Zermatt is synonymous with the Matterhorn that overlooks the village and if you want a picture-postcard village - Zermatt beats Chamonix hands down. Zermatt is a car-free resort that is only accessible by train from the transit village of Tasch but otherwise offers a similar experience. You can take the lift to Theodul Glacier or a train to Gornergrat. You can visit the Matterhorn Museum, enjoy miles of skiing and hiking and eat out in style or at McDonald's. As with most of Switzerland though everything is a bit more managed and a lot more expensive.

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    Zermatt
  3. Monte Carlo

    Monaco

    The principality of Monaco packs a lot into less than one square mile of space. Home to more millionaires and billionaires than anywhere else, everything is available in this spectacular Mediterranean setting, squeezed onto the edge of France. With a short but steep climb from the beach to the border, Monaco offers a luxurious amount of everything from Formula One racing to Hotels to shopping. It also has a surprising amount of green space if you look for it.

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    Monaco
  4. Èze

    France

    The medieval village of Èze dates back to 2000 BC and is full of charming buildings, winding narrow streets and tiny shops and cafes. At the very top of the village is the Jardin Botanique d'Èze, where on a good day the views over the terracotta-tiled rooftops stretch to Corsica. Èze village is just part of the story though, following the Nietzsche trail down to the coast and you can also enjoy Èze-sur-Mer

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    Eze
  5. Montreux

    Switzerland

    Montreux is nestled between Lake Geneva and the steep, vine-covered terraces of Lavaux. The Vaud Alps rise above the terraces giving Montreux its mild microclimate and 'Swiss Riviera' vibe. Known for its annual Jazz Festival, lakeside promenade and grand Belle Époque buildings, Montreux is a cosmopolitan mix of Swiss efficiency and touristic chaos. Steamboats ply their trade on the lake while the promenade is always busy with people. Behind the lakefront, you can find a mixture of shops selling everything from Swiss army knives to high fashion. The ubiquitous train station has a line to Rochers de Naye with its amazing views of the lake.

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    Montreux
  6. Madonna di Campiglio

    Italy

    Madonna di Campiglio is the self-claimed capital of the Dolomites - a completely different landscape from the rest of the Alps with its famous rocky towers. like the Brenta Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its skiing and hiking, Madonna di Campigli is a stylish town but as with much of the Dolomites doesn't have the facilities of many of its Alps counterparts. It does have plenty of tourists though.

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    The Dolomites
  7. Gruyères

    Switzerland

    Perched on a hilltop in the Swiss canton of Fribourg is the medieval village of Gruyères - a place that gives its name to the famous Gruyère cheese. Gruyères is encircled with bucolic pastures, some filled with those cheese generating bovines, and has a pleasant order to it common to rural Switzerland. The medieval buildings are now shops and tourist attractions and cafes that spill out onto the cobbled streets. Gruyères features a selection of museums, from Aliens to Tibetans to a more expected chateau tour. And cheese of course.

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    Gruyères
  8. Bellagio

    Austria

    Bellagio is known as the Pearl of Lake Como, the third-largest lake in Italy. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times with its many villas and palaces on its shores attracting the rich and famous. One of the many pretty villages on the lake, Bellagio is located in a unique position on the tip of the promontory that divides the two branches of the lake, which places it exactly in the centre of Como's waters.

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    Bellagio
  9. St Moritz

    Switzerland

    Home to the Winter Olympics of 1928 and the famous bobsled run, the Cresta Run, St Moritz is dominated by the lake used for horse and car racing in the winter months and more normally sailing in the summer. The northern side of the lake features the well-known centre with its smart shops and hotels. To the west of the lake is St Moritz Bad. Well known for its winter scene, St Moritz is quieter in summer but still enjoys its fair share of visitors.

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    St Moritz
  10. Innsbruck

    Austria

    Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol and a renowned winter sports centre hosting both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. It sits in a valley surrounded by mountains and hosts an impressive amount of historic architecture like the Goldenes Dachl - a landmark with a roof decorated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. The city has many museums, monuments, churches as well as a zoo and a series of parks and gardens worth exploring. The Nordkette lift in the north takes you high above the city for impressive views.

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    Innsbruck

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