Those who love the mountains and all the landscape entails are undoubtedly familiar with the Alps, which is one of the most breathtaking mountain ranges in the world. Aside from the Himalayas, there aren't many places that compare to the beauty of Europe's tallest mountain features. These views bring people every year from all over the world to experience their humbling presence and any number of activities - from hiking to skiing - are all part of the experience. Luckily, many of the hiking trails in the Alps are fairly easy which makes these vistas that much more accessible. According to those who have seen them, though, these are the places to be humbled by these extraordinary mountain landscapes.
Mt. Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps and while viewing it can get a bit crowded with tourists heading to see the same views, there's no doubt that it's worth the trip. After heading to Chamonix, the Aiguille du Midi cable car will provide plenty of vantage points from which to take in this view. For a more local view, Traveller suggests heading to the village of Sixt, but not before hiking through a lesser-traveling path through the valley to get a close-up view of waterfalls and monstrous cliffsides.
Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the Aletsch Glacier isn't only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's also an important part of the ecosystem and a cornerstone of the environment in the Rhone Valley. This destination is one of the most iconic in the Alps as meadows full of vibrant wildflowers are showcased alongside glacial lakes and pine forests. There's nothing like soaking up the beauty of the Alps from an actual glacier and this is one of the most beloved.
For those who fall in love with winter landscapes, there's no better place to experience them than Austria. Voted the world's most stunning place to take in the winter months, Lech is a gem among them all. This ski-oriented village is located high in the Alps, comfortably cushioned in the valley between the White Ring ski circuit. From the stark, dark green evergreens below all the way up to the striking peaks of every mountain summit, there's no beating a place such as this and in terms of beauty, it's enough to take a person's breath away.
Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy
Those familiar with skiing and all the best locations to do so are probably familiar with Cortina D'Ampezzo, which is hailed as one of the best ski resort towns in the world. They've carried on this reputation since the 1860s and thanks to the surrounding Dolomite Mountains, they're able to continue their premier winter sports reputation. One doesn't need to be an expert skier (or a skier at all) in order to appreciate all the Dolomites have to offer, however. Cortina D'Ampezzo is a stunning village filled with plenty to do and see, from small-town shopping to brilliant restaurants lining the streets. Cozying up in the resort and taking in the views of the slopes is all it takes to fall in love with this destination.
The Julian Alps are a close second to Switzerland's mountain range, but see fewer visitors each year making this destination a great alternative. Triglav National Park is where visitors will want to head in order to witness the amazing spectacle that is these Alps, featuring Lake Bohinj, which only helps to drive home how beautiful this untouched landscape truly is. Mt. Vogel, one of the main points of interest in the Julian Alps, can be reached via cable car, making it accessible to everyone. As an alternative (and a workout), visitors can hike up Savica Falls which has inspired many an artist.
Gornergrat is famous for its sharp, pointy-looking peaks that have been captured in many a photo of the Swiss Alps. This is also an area most famous for the Matterhorn, which brings people from all over the world to witness its height, unique shape, and generally intimidating presence over the mountains. Another alluring aspect of visiting Matterhorn is strolling through the town that sits just below it, which is a village full of magic just waiting to be explored. In the winter, Zermatt turns into a glorious ski town, bringing winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy its peaks and bounds while also lending stunning views of the slopes as well as the surrounding mountain range.