I have always been attracted to the mountains of Switzerland. No other place in Europe you will find such a concentration of
lofty, snowclad peaks, and such a variety of outstanding mountains. The Alps are not only covering most of Switzerland, but
also parts of the neighbouring countries France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. But it is in Switzerland, you will
find the major multiplicy of great mountains: big singular massifs like the Grand Combin, long and rather uniform mountain
chains like in Grisons, wild and adventurous north faces like Eiger and the adjacing mountains facing Grindelwald, pointed
and dented ridges like the Nadelgrat, or unique and dominating mountains like Matterhorn.
Jura is a wide ridge of old limestone mountains, which borders to France between Basle and Geneva. The mountains are mostly forested and are used for hiking in the summer and skiing (cross-country and alpine) in the winter. Where the rocks are protruding from the soil, which happens in several places, there are often good possibilities of rockclimbing. The highest point in Jura is Mont Tendre, 1679m.
Bernese Oberlands is the northern foothills of the Northern limestone Alps, which south and east of Berne form a very popular hiking area, with a lot of easy summits, offering very good views to the snowclad mountains further south. Bernese Oberlands have no significant delimitation to the south, where the region is superseded by the Bernese Alps.
Bernese Alps is the name of the mountain range, situated on the border between the states of Berne and Valais. The northern part of the Bernese Alps is often referred to being a part of the Oberlands, whereas the southern part politically belong to Valais. In the Bernese Alps we find the largest glaciated area of the Alps around the 25 km long Aletschgletscher, the longest glacier in the Alps. The most dominant mountains in the Bernese Alps are the famous Jungfrau 4158m, Aletschhorn 4195, guarded by glaciers on all sides, the Eiger 3970m with its notorious North Face, and Finsteraarhorn, at an altitude of 4274m the heighest mountain of the range.
have the biggest concentration of high peaks in the Alps, as more than half of the summits above 4000m are found here in
Valais. The absolute center of mountaineering activities on these many summits is the Mattertal, with well-known villages
like Randa, Täsch and Zermatt, as from this valley you have access to no less than 31 4000-metre peaks, among these
Matterhorn 4478m, Monte Rosa 4634m and Dom 4545m. Another important valley is Saastal, which have many mountains in common with Mattertal plus a few
it keeps to itself. 13 4000-metre peaks can be reached from this valley, among these Nadelhorn 4327m and Weissmies 4023m.
Also worth mentioning is Val de Zinal in Anniviers, a more quiet valley, but still with access to one of the highest
mountains in the Alps: the beautiful Weisshorn 4505m, as well as four more 4000-metre peaks. The western summits in the
Pennine Alps may with advantage be reached from a base in the Rhône valley, from where it is easy to access the
different minor side valleys.
Mountaineering in Valais (Danish language only)
Facts about Switzerland (Danish language only)
My own ascents
Swiss Tourist Board
Swiss Alpine Club
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