The Mighty Peaks Of Swiss

The Mighty Peaks Of Swiss

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The Alpine region of Switzerland,represents a major natural feature of the country and is, along with the Swiss Plateau and the Swiss portion of the Jura Mountains, one of its three main physiographic regions. The glaciers of the Swiss Alps cover an area of 1,220 square kilometres (470 sq mi) — 3% of the Swiss territory, representing 44% of the total glaciated area in the Alps i.e. 2,800 square kilometres (1,100 sq mi).
The Alps are usually divided into two main parts, the Western Alps and Eastern Alps, whose division is along the Rhine from Lake Constance to the Splügen Pass. The western ranges occupy the greatest part of Switzerland while the more numerous eastern ranges are much smaller and are all situated in the canton of Graubünden. The latter are part of the Central Eastern Alps, except the Ortler Alps which belong to the Southern Limestone Alps. The Pennine, Bernese and Bernina Range are the highest ranges of the country, they contain respectively 38, 9 and 1 summit over 4000 metres. The lowest range is the Appenzell Alps culminating at 2,500 metres.

The Jungfrau stands as a visual centerpiece of the Jungfrau Region. The Jungfrau was first climbed in 1811.
The Jungfraujoch is an alpine attraction and viewing point, at an altitude of 3454 m. It is located in between the well known mountains Mönch and Jungfrau, in the heart of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage property “Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn”. The cogwheel train is the only way to get there. The train station is the highest one in Europe.

Klein Matterhorn:-
The official name of this location is Klein Matterhorn, but in tourism it is often referred to as the ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’. The famous Matterhorn itself is only accessible to mountaineers. There is no cable car “to” the Matterhorn. But there are several great viewing points around Zermatt, where one can see the Matterhorn very well. One of them is Klein Matterhorn, which means ‘Little Matterhorn’.

The cogwheel train from Zermatt to the Gornergrat is part of the fun. The ride takes about half an hour. It starts at an altitude of 1605 m and ends at 3090 m on the Gornergrat ridge. The train crosses forests and a high alpine landscape later on, and stops in four different stations along the way. Each of these stations is a great starting point for hiking. Once you reach the Gornergrat, you will have an amazing view of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa massif.

The Titlis is a high alpine attraction and viewing point. The cable car to the Titlis departs from the town of Engelberg, about 45 minutes from Lucerne. The last section of the cable car features a revolving cable car, allowing you to enjoy the views all around. The ‘Ice Flyer’ chairlift allows you to ‘fly’ over the glacier and see it up close. The lift takes you to the Glacier Park, where you can enjoy the snow using snow tubes, sledges and more. In Winter, the park is located at the mid station Trübsee instead;

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