Mountains of Fun

The snow-white scenery of the Dolomites is an ideal destination for those who love skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, climbing, snowshoeing and trekking. Internationally famous for its ski resorts, it’s a magic realm offering numerous slopes in one track for hundreds of kilometers while being surrounded by magnificent heights and enchanting landscapes. There are so many sports to practice on Mount Rosa and its valleys; the three valleys of Ayas, Gressoney and Valsesia have some of Italy’s biggest ski resorts.

Savor your ski lift ride because it provides some of the absolute best views of the Alps.
Kopaonik – Skilift

Austria offers great weather, unbelievable vertical drops, excellent resorts, amazing cuisine, and warm hospitality. A picturesque Tyrolean town and “Hahnenkammrennen,” the world’s most famous ski race, define Kitzbuehel, a major alpine skiing center. Visit the Stubai Glacier for more than 50 kilometers of downhill skiing, carving and boarding, or for some easygoing cross-country skiing.

Slovenia has some of the most dazzling mountain scenery in Europe. Surrounded by Alpine peaks, take in the fresh winter air and enjoy heart-pounding sights as you ski. Delve into snowy forests and glide across high meadows on Nordic skis. Try night sledding, skating on natural rinks or going to ice hockey matches. Skiing is a deeply embedded tradition in Slovenian culture; as far back as the 17th century, people living on the Bloke plateau developed a special technique for moving on snow using special skis called smeče. The equipment may have changed, but the love of skiing is as ardent as ever in Slovenia.

The Dolomites provide some of the best mountainside adventure in Italy.

No matter how you like to play in the snow, Switzerland has what you’re looking for. Snowshoeing, tobogganing and winter hiking are just a few of the numerous activities that are well worth discovering when the snow falls. The most spectacular toboggan runs and the most attractive slopes and pistes are yours. More than 100 winter resorts throughout Switzerland now offer a wealth of marked snowshoe trails to provide visitors with a very natural way to experience the stunning winter landscape.

The view of Kitzbühel is especially from the top of Hahnenkamm.

With more than 300 winter sports towns, Germany is fantastic for cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, racing toboggans, curling, and snowshoeing. Thanks to a superb infrastructure and excellent local services, winter sports areas are easy to reach. Beautiful chalets, lovely evenings by the fire, and delightful moments with the family all round out your winter sport experience in Germany.

Things to consider before traveling

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Some tips to consider while traveling


From Outlawed to Outpouring

Christianity has changed over the centuries. Europe has been at the crux of that change. Rome is the heart of the Catholic Church. Germany is the birthplace of the Reformation. Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania monasteries have been greatly influenced by Orthodox Christianity. From the underground religious practices during the Roman Empire to the modern acceptance of all types of faith, Christianity has evolved in Europe, and is worth exploring today more than ever.


View from the Top

Get your camera ready. Once you’ve laid eyes on Europe’s most charming mountain villages, you may not want to put it down. You also may not ever want to leave. These are the places that fairy tales are made of, only they happen to be real. From medieval villages in Spain to traditional timber chalets in Switzerland, to the towering mountain-side fortresses of San Marino, these small but fully functioning towns are waiting to warmly welcome visitors who appreciate their quaint style of living.


Exploring the Rural Wonders of Europe

Away from the excitement of cities like Paris, Barcelona and Florence is a place a little quieter. It’s somewhere you can stretch out your legs and breathe in the freshest air in Europe. It’s the European countryside and farms. Nearly every country is speckled with picturesque fields, bountiful farmlands and sweet serenity. Whether your heart and soul is drawn to farmlands or you want your vacation to go beyond the tourist cities, the European countryside is where you belong.

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