Switzerland is a central European country at the heart of the Alps. It shares borders with Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein. Its famous peaks, many of which are included among the tallest on the continent west of the Caucasus, are some of the most popular for mountaineering and climbing. The lakes in the south of the country are destinations in their own right. Its high-altitude peaks are also popular for skiing and snowboarding – ski touring and splitboarding are exhilarating ways to parlay a classic mountaineering trip into an all-encompassing Alpine immersion. Be on the lookout for the classic charm of Swiss valleys like Engadine or Lotschental that remind you why Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
The weather is surprisingly accommodating. The relatively close proximity to the Mediterranean makes the south pleasant. The temperate climate gives way to glaciated mountain peaks - ideal for alpinists.
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Switzerland is in the middle of Europe. Its major transportation hubs are Geneva, Bern, and Zurich. Trains and roads both run efficiently within the borders, and most destinations are designed to assist mountaineers and winter sport enthusiasts. If flying into Lugano seems like too-ambitious an affair, Milan, in Italy, will help you access the lakes in the south of the country.
The best time for mountain climbing in Switzerland is in the summer, when the weather tends to be less volatile. It can get packed on some peaks during the high season, so planning a trip at the edges of the June to September spectrum can be equally satisfying.
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