Get ready and let’s explore some amazing sites where our elements came from!
We travel, we explore, and we meet new people & experience new things. It is what makes our journey in life fun and exciting. We took elements from each continent and embedded them into our beads to serve as a reminder to never stop exploring. So get ready and let’s explore amazing sites where our elements came from Swiss Alps (Europe), Amazon River (South America), Sahara Desert (Africa), Rocky Mountains (North America), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Himalayan Mountains (Asia), Antarctic Sea Salt (Antarctica). There are also two additional pieces that remind you to stay wishful and keep thriving! You can learn about them here!
We are going to start our journey with the Swiss Alps!
The majestic Alpine Mountains are the true jewel of Europe. Serving as a natural barrier between countries, the Alps have gained popularity as must-visit part of Europe. Nature here is marvelous, and the views from all over are incredible!
Although the entire Alps span six countries (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia), the Swiss Alps are the highest:
Monte Rosa peak (4,634 meters);
Peak House (4,545 meters);
Lyskamm (4,527 meters);
Weisshorn (4,506 meters);
Matterhorn Mountain (4,478 meters);
Finsteraarhorn (4,274 meters).
Common but stunning sites to visit
St. Beatus Caves
Address: Seestrasse 974, 3800 Sundlauenen, Switzerland
Caves and passages located at a depth of 1640 ft merge into mysterious labyrinths of stalactites and stalagmites of more than 40 thousand years old, where you can find underground rivers and even small waterfalls.
Address: Lauterbrunnen village
Many experienced travelers say that The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the most beautiful and amazing places in the world, in fact, a deep crevasse between sheer cliffs stretches for five miles but is no more than 0.6 miles wide. There are three majestic peaks - Jungfrau, Menh, and Eiger (in translation - Virgin, Monk, and Ogre).
One of the clearest rivers in the world is the Verzasca river. It originates in the 1.7 mile-high glaciers and carries its waters to Lake Maggiore between Italy and Switzerland. The route of Verzasca is through the picturesque valleys of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The length of the river is only 19 miles, but the whole distance is just full of amazing landscapes that run between the mountainous slopes. They are dressed in lush greens of chestnut forests and vineyards, and there are ancient stone structures of Swiss villages that can also be seen along the shores. The depth of the Verzasca in places reaches 49 ft, the water in it changes color from bright blue to emerald green and is so transparent that you can see the bottom covered with colorful stones.
Address: 7530 Zernez, Switzerland
For those who wish to see all the true alpine landscapes at once, the Swiss National Park, located in the canton of Graubünden in the Engadin valley, will be the ideal place. The area of 65.75 square miles covers harsh bare rocks, thick pine forest, slopes, and fragrant alpine and subalpine meadows. Here you can meet mountain goats, deer, elks, wolves, brown bears, foxes, bobcats, eagles, and many other animals. The entrance is free of charge.
The Lake of Geneva, even in the photo, captures its magnificence. It is simply enchanted by its stunning beauty and the unusually deep and clean color of the water. It is often compared to the Alpine mirror due to the peaks of the mountains, vineyards, tall spruces, houses and medieval castles on slopes being often reflected on the lake.
What could be better than enjoying a hot tub on the snowy Alps’ slopes among stunning forest!
There is a list of top-3 hot tub SPA’s in the Alps you will enjoy!
Aqua Dome Thermal Bath Tyrol in Austria
Address: Oberlängenfeld 140, 6444 Oberlängenfeld, Austria
Cost: day ticket starts from $20
Leukerbad Therme in Switzerland
Address: Rathausstrasse 32, 3954 Leukerbad, Switzerland
Cost: day ticket starts from $33
St. Gervais Thermal Bath
Address: 55 Allée du Dr Lépinay, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France
Cost: starts from $37
Interesting facts about Swiss Alps
The longest mountain tunnel in the world, 31.6 miles long, has been laid through the Alps. It has been built for almost 20 years.
The highest waterfall in the Alps is the impressive 974′ Staubbach waterfall.
Pilatusbahn, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. In some sections of the Alpine Mountains, the trains run a 48-degree gradient.
There is also the deepest lake in Europe, called Como with its max depth 1,394 ft.
The final station of the Jungfraubahn Railway locates at 2.2 miles above sea level and is the highest railway station in the world and is called the «Summit of Europe».