It’s no coincidence that pictures at the beautiful Alpines always turn out to be really beautiful. The secret ingredient is the environment; the landscape at the Alps collude to form a beautiful piece of nature to behold. The Alps form part of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Albania. However, only Switzerland and Austria are considered true Alpine countries. Some 750 miles long and more than 125 miles wide at their broadest point between Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and Verona Italy, the Alps cover more than 80,000 square miles. They are the most prominent of Western Europe’s physiographic regions. If you are a tourist photographer intending to capture most of the Alps in Europe, you should start off from Germany and go all the way through Switzerland to Austria and perhaps France.
From Munich Germany, going down to Garmisch, through Innsbruck and back to Munich you can see the highlights of Salzburg. You know about Salzburg, right? the Austrian city, and birth place to one of the greatest composers of all time, Mozart. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the Alps. You can also stop and take a walk through the villages and get up on the mountain which has lots of amazing views.
Another beautiful stop you can make is at the Grossglockner High Alpine Highway, south of Zell-am-See. The combination of the glacier, the mountains and a lake make the Zell-am-See-Kaprun region absolutely unique. You won’t find more sites in Austria’s most beautiful alpine like the Zell am See-Kaprun. The location offers sports lovers, families and people looking for a little bit of recreation an impressive range of activities and adventures including: hiking and biking on the Kitzsteinhorn, the Schmittenhöhe or the Maiskogel etc. It leads you on over to the second highest mountain in Europe and the scenery from the top is simply breath-taking. You can end your trip in Lienz, Austria. From here, you can go west and hit the autobahn which leads all the way north through the Brenner Pass into Innsbruck.
For a real alpine experience, you should visit the Berchtesgaden which sits in one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world. The bottom of the Berchtesgaden Alps and slightly south of Lake Königssee have nature and landscape that are still mostly untouched and boast a rich biodiversity. About the same distance, is the ski town of Oberstdorf, in the Illertal of the Oberallgäu. From Oberstdorf, you can go by bus up into the Alpine valley of Kleinwalsertal in Switzerland.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen renders the closest sight of the Alps from the settlement. It is located amidst incredible mountain scenery at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze which is the epitome of vast and pristine alpine nature. It is a unique place with an awesome setting with outdoor activities on the roll. Just perfect enough to stop by and take amazing photos of nature’s beauty. One more amazing place to visit is the Route des Crêtes in the Vosges in Alsace France. It is disputably the most popular mountain pass in the world and the houses here are dated as far back as the 16th century. Imagine so much history and Alsatian architecture to behold, it is a photographer’s mine.