Ultimate Alps

Ultimate Experiences

The Ultimate experiences, activities and things to do in the Alps

  1. Aiguille du Midi

    Chamonix

    The Aiguille du Midi is Chamonix’s most iconic peak and the start of the famous Vallée Blanche ski run. You get to the top by taking the spectacular 2 stage Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi. From the summit enjoy views of 2 countries, the highest mountain in Europe and don't forget to 'Step into the Void'.

    Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix
  2. 007 Elements

    Sölden

    One of the spectacular sets for the Bond film Spectre was the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Sölden, Austria. The Hoffler Klinik where James Bond meets Dr Madeleine Swann and the following chase sequence was filmed here. The Klinik was based on the Ice Q restaurant with some physical and digital alterations. Next to this is the 007 Elements installation that focuses on Spectre but features other titles in the long-running franchise, guiding visitors through a series of interactive galleries based on the films. Spectacular inside and outside this is a must for Bond fans and a bonus for skiers using the many pistes that start here.

    007 Elements
  3. Swiss Passes

    Andermatt

    Starting in Andermatt you can drive three famous passes as a loop in either direction. The Furka, Grimsel and Susten passes take you on a journey through the heart of Switzerland with spectacular views all the way around. Follow Goldfinger and James Bond over the Furka and passed the abandoned Hotel Belvédère, marvelling at the dam on the Grimsel and the Steinen Glacier on the Susten. If this wasn't enough the St Gotthard pass to Italy is on the other side of Andermatt.

    Swiss passes loop
  4. Oceanographic Museum

    Monaco

    Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum is a stunning piece of architecture that appears to rise from the sea, forming part of the cliffs on the edge of the Saint-Martin Gardens, offering beautiful views over the sea. The museum has two main floors of often-changing displays and a rooftop café. The basement is home to aquariums of different sizes housing a varied selection of marine life from jellyfish to small sharks.

    Oceanographic Museum
  5. Top of Europe

    Grindelwald

    The famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (Ogre, Monk and Maiden) mountains of the Swiss Bernese Alps are the setting for the highest train ride in Europe. You can take a train from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen via the iconic Kleine Scheidegg station and its views of the north face of the Eiger to Europe's highest railway station on the Jungfraujoch. From the top, you can see the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Eze
  6. HR Giger Museum

    Gruyeres

    The medieval village of Gruyères is an unexpected location for Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer Hans Ruedi Giger Castle which now houses the Museum. It's a permanent repository to many of Giger's key works, his private art collection and a gallery where Giger curated the works of other artists work. The work is often terrifying and sexually graphic and a calming drink can be taken afterwards at the Giger Bar opposite.

    Alien
  7. M.A.D Gallery

    Geneva

    One for fans of the time, the Mechanical Art Devices Gallery is where horological machines and mechanical art mix. Created by watch brand MB&F you can find the complete range of their timepieces alongside a broad and often-changing selection of mechanical creations from around the world from watches to motorcycles and everything in between. A tiny gallery in the old town of Geneva you can even receive a personal tour.

    M.A.D Gallery
  8. Messner Mountain Museum Corones

    Dolomites

    One of a series of mountaineering museums created by legendary climber Reinhold Messner, it's situated on the summit plateau of Kronplatz. This iteration is dedicated to traditional mountaineering, which strongly influenced Messner. Offering unique views of the Dolomites and the Alps. from its magnificent viewing platform, the distinctive museum building was created by prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The site and building are on their own worth the visit.

    Messner museum
  9. Eagles Nest

    Berchtesgaden

    The 'Kehlsteinhaus' is situated on the top of the Kehlstein mountain overlooking the small town of Berchtesgaden and was designed by Martin Bormann for Adolf Hitlers 50th birthday. The name 'Eagle’s Nest' was adopted by the Allies who occupied it after the war. It was given back to the German government in 1960 along with the problem of what to do with it. It's not the only Nazi remnant nearby; tunnels, bunkers and the remains of SS barracks litter the countryside around it. A strange place lacking in the sombre atmosphere you would expect.

    Eagles Nest
  10. Musée Picasso

    Antibes

    This museum is based on the seafront of Antibes in what was previously the Château Grimaldi. Along with the works of other artists, the museum contains many of Picasso's original works, nearly all from 1946 when he was a guest artist of the Antibes. As well as paintings there are several ceramics and sculptures.

    Picasso museum

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