When we talk about the mountains, it’s the Alps that we mean. When we think of untouched nature and tranquillity, we have their images in mind. And when we want to experience a truly great adventure, they are both the protagonist and the backdrop—all at the same time. The Alps are our mountains, and they’re built on dreams and memories. Almost everyone has an anecdote about them, about weather and paths and silence and effort. About idyll and seclusion—as if diving into another world.
Only, is this picture true? Isn't there much more to see than what we know from pictures and holidays? What's waiting out there, between the summit and the valley? What experiences, trails and encounters? What is the mountain culture like in other countries? Through these Collections, we seek to inspire you. To encourage you to set out again without any problems, completely free of preconceptions—and to help you rediscover the Alps, whatever that means for you.
Choose from our ready-to-go Collections with handpicked Tours and lots of handy information, created by passionate people like you.
Just like a hearty breakfast, checking the weather forecast is an important part of your daily mountain morning routine. Often you will experience extreme heat, snow and thunder in the same day. When packing, check the weather and take equipment for every possible condition. During your trip, hut keepers are the most reliable source of information, as well as the alpine club website. When in doubt, asking people you meet on the trail can be helpful, too.
Rough terrain, narrow and steep paths, falling rocks – all are risks when traversing the Alps. Thorough preparation, suitable equipment and an honest evaluation of one’s skills are key to staying safe. If you don’t have any experience in alpine environments, it's best to bring someone who does.
Whether you are on a popular trail or off the beaten path, make sure to show respect toward other people and the environment. Beware of other people around – below steep slopes there can always be other trails, so don't kick down any rocks. Always leave a place as you found it and show responsibility towards your companions, people you meet and the environment.
Research and bring with you the phone number of the local mountain rescue. Make sure you aways have some battery left on your mobile device and be cognisant of where you are at all times so you can accurately communicate your location in case of an emergency.
No matter where your journey will take you, these are some basic supplies you should always have with you: