We Know What You Should Do Next Summer
With winter now being over, we think it is about time to make summer plans. After all, anticipation is the purest form of pleasure, isn’t it? And trust us when we say that there are plenty of amazing things and activities in the Best of the Alps destinations to look forward to.
The sound of the mountains
When the cracking sounds of the nearby glacier perfectly complement the pause in a ballad being played at “Cosmo Jazz Festival” in Chamonix, goose bumps are guaranteed. Make unforgettable memories at the 8-day festival where the world’s best jazz musicians perform on improvised stages in the mountains. Read more...
Upcoming event: July 22-30, 2017
Rockin’ and rollin’
What do you need for a proper rock’n’roll tour? Toothbrush, mountain bike and climbing gear, exactly. At least for the one taking you through the Dolomites around Cortina d’Ampezzo. Even if you might not be making music along the way, there will be plenty of “rocking” and “rolling” while climbing and biking. Read more...
More than a race
This will be a total flop! said people when the idea of organising a marathon in and around Davos Klosters came up. 30 years later, 91,000 participants in the Swissalpine Marathon, 3,957,898 million kilometres run and 132,205 eaten bananas speak for themselves. Doesn’t look like flop to us! This year the Marathon merged with the Swiss Irontrail which even sounds like double fun! Read more...
Upcoming event: July 23-30, 2017
Three days in the outdoors
When you spend a trying but exhilarating day climbing, biking and hiking (and testing the latest sports equipment for free) before returning to a campfire and live music near your tent at the foot of a ski jumping hill, you clearly must be at the AlpenTestival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Read more...
Upcoming event: August 4-6, 2017
No chairlift, no cableway, no road lead to the Faulhorn Mountain Hotel on top of the Faulhorn in Grindelwald. And this makes it a truly unique place! The Faulhorn is part of the classic hiking trail between Schynige Platte and the summit of First. Everyone seems to agree that this is one of the most beautiful hikes the Bernese Oberland has to offer. So, grab your hiking-boots and off you go! Read more...
Charge me up!
When a battery is low, it needs to be recharged: What applies to smartphones and cordless screwdrivers is also true for humans. Although the latter, of course, are not supposed to put their fingers into sockets. Better take a walk with Harald Kunstowny. He has been interested in special power places for 30 years and knows where to find them in his hometown of Kitzbühel. Read more...
Lech Zürs am Arlberg
Lech Zürs am Arlberg is famous for many things, but let’s be honest: Yoga is not one of them. At least for now. Anna Reschreiter, who left a consulting career in Vienna to become a Yoga teacher in Lech, has set out to change that: "People from all over the world seek beautiful places to practice yoga." And there’s plenty of those in Lech for sure. Read more...
Get them horses ready!
Every year, equestrians from all over the world gather for the “Jumping International de Mègeve – Edmond de Rothschild”, taking place just a stone’s throw from the historic centre of the French town. In the course of only a few years, the show jumping tournament has grown into a high-class event with more than 350 participants from 20 nations. What makes it even better: It is open to both pros and amateurs. Read more...
Upcoming event: July 18-23, 2017
Those who’d like to see how a region taps its full potential also in the culinary field should visit Gut Leutasch in Seefeld. Outstanding venison, exquisite fruit brandies, juices, honey and pasties are always worth the visit, as is talking to head manager Michael Skamrada, who is all into sustainable production methods and humane butchering. Read more...
St. Anton am Arlberg
Pedal to the medal
After only one kilometre, the first ascent awaits participants in the ARLBERG Giro, followed by an elevation gain of 2,500 metres over the course of 150 kilometers. A nightmare for most people despite the breathtaking scenery. Yet the race brings almost 1,000 biking enthusiasts to St. Anton am Arlberg every year. Why would anyone even consider putting themselves through something like that? “Life is boring without goals,” says Jaroslaw Kardasch, an ARLBERG Giro regular. Read more...
Upcoming event: July 30, 2017
Lord of the Kites
Lake Silvaplana in the Engadine valley may rightfully be called the alpine mecca of kiteboarders. Wether you are a beginner or a pro, this is the spot for you to be! Read more...
Text: Matthias Köb // friendship.is
Photos: Ian Ehm, David Payr , Florian Lechner // friendship.is