25 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit The Alps

Posted by , Updated on July 17, 2015

As the largest mountain range in Europe, the Alps are filled with beautiful waterfalls, scenic glaciers, and quaint alpine villages. If that’s not enough to make you want to buy a plane ticket maybe our list will help convince you. Here are 25 reasons you should definitely visit the Alps.

25

The Alps take up more than a tenth of Europe's land area

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24

For centuries the Alps' economy mainly consisted of agriculture (and still does), but today tourism has become a very important industry

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23

They used to be a remote, hard-to-live-in region that separated cultures and nations

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22

In fact, many valleys have their own dialect or language

Farmers in the AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

Due to amazing scenery and better access, tourists can now enjoy hiking and skiing all year round

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20

The Italian Dolomites are one of the most popular spots in the range. They light up at sunset due to the carbonates of dead shellfish in the rocks. Yes, those mountains used to be at the bottom of the ocean!

DolomitesSource: wikipedia, Image: Jiri Folta via fotocommunity.com
19

As we mentioned, the Alps provide a natural barrier, especially to Italy. Most of the routes into the country by land are through the mountains!

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18

Hannibal, the famous Carthagian general, marched his army of elephants through the Alps once

HannibalSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

Not only do the Alps keep armies out, but they also prevent northern winds from blowing south. The weather in southern Switzerland and Italy is very different from the weather in southern Germany

Alpine valleySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

The longest tunnel in the world is set to open in 2016 through the Gotthard Massif. It will be 57km (35mi) long

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15

It has been estimated that 40,000 to 80,000 men died due to avalanches during World War I

Soldiers in the AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

A mummified man estimated to be 5,000 years old was discovered in a glacier on the Austrian-Italian border

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13

As we've already mentioned, the Alps have a strong culture. Traditional farming, cheese making, and wood working are still popular in many alpine villages

CowsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

The Alps are home to 14 million spread across the countries of Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, and Austria

HalstattSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
11

120 million people visit the Alps every year

Alpine touristsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

Chamonix, a city in the French Alps, was the first to host the Winter Olympics in 1924

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9

The origin of the term "Alp" probably comes from a pre-Indo-European word meaning "hill"

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8

In modern languages, however, the term "Alp" refers to the grazing pastures below the glaciers

Alpine pastureSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

Cows are taken up to these pastures in the summer months by their farmers.

Cows in the AlpsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

The farmers spend the summer here in small huts as their ancestors have for thousands of years

Alpine cottageSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

The impressive peaks of the Alps are the result of Europe and Africa colliding

Alpine cottageSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

In fact, geologically speaking, the tops of many of the mountains used to be part of the African tectonic plate

MatterhornSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
3

Alpine runoff provides nearly 90% of lowland Europe's drinking water

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2

The climate in the Alps is very diverse. On the southern end they run straight into the beaches and palm trees of the Mediterranean while in the central regions they are alpine and frigid all year round

Alpine farmSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

The Alps are home to a diverse array of wildlife including bears, goats, and even alpine salamanders!

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