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Mountain Climbing in Switzerland

5. Mountain Climb in Switzerland
Fly into Zurich, the gateway to the Alps and a cosmopolitan city worth a layover, then hop on the high-speed rail with your final destination as the Engadin Valley. Where biking, hiking, and mountain climbing opportunities abound, the southeastern corner region of Maloja is nothing short of a dream for those who revel in high-altitude fun.

One of the more exhilarating activities you'll find in this nook of the Alps is the Via Ferrata, at nearby Diavolezza, a climbing route that is accessed by a cable car. Strap on your harness, throw on a helmet, and set off on the series of ladder steps and natural rock holds that span nearly 1,000 feet, ending just above 10,000 feet altitude and requiring a minimum of two hours to complete. Just don't let the creaky suspension bridge midway through your climb deter you—there's no way back down again! Instead of thinking how far above the base you are, divert your attention to the majestic Pers Glacier, which forms the marvelous backdrop for your stunt. Once you're done, hike back down and enjoy a glass of bubbly and a soak in the world's highest hot tub.

If you prefer mountain biking instead, head to the area's epicenter, the resort town of St. Moritz, and attempt the rocky runs of the Corviglia mountain via an Engadin Mountainbike Tour. Once you're well spent, indulge for a day in the new 2,000-square-meter spa and wellness center at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, or take a crack at making your own cheese at the demonstration Alpine Dairy of Morteratsch.

Published: 1 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 14 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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