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Swiss Alps

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In the high Alps in summer, you no longer see remnants of the previous winter’s snow
cover, which must accumulate if a glacier is to grow. Sadly, it’s too late for the Rhône
Glacier, which feeds the namesake river. “Tourists would walk out the door of their hotel and
step straight into the Rhône Glacier’s colossal ice caves. Today, they have to walk a
long way to reach it,” says Armstrong. The moral of the story? Plan to visit picture-postcard
lake and river cities such as Geneva before the Rhône dries up.

How to See It Now: Take Switzerland’s integrated train, biking, canoe,
and hiking network, SwitzerlandMobility, a new system
integrating transport, trails, guides, and accommodation at all skill levels—not
only will it let you fully explore the Alps, but you’ll also keep carbon emissions to a
minimum.

Fastest Disappearing Natural Wonders

Swiss Alps

In the high Alps in summer, you no longer see remnants of the previous winter’s snow
cover, which must accumulate if a glacier is to grow. Sadly, it’s too late for the Rhône
Glacier, which feeds the namesake river. “Tourists would walk out the door of their hotel and
step straight into the Rhône Glacier’s colossal ice caves. Today, they have to walk a
long way to reach it,” says Armstrong. The moral of the story? Plan to visit picture-postcard
lake and river cities such as Geneva before the Rhône dries up.

How to See It Now: Take Switzerland’s integrated train, biking, canoe,
and hiking network, SwitzerlandMobility, a new system
integrating transport, trails, guides, and accommodation at all skill levels—not
only will it let you fully explore the Alps, but you’ll also keep carbon emissions to a
minimum.

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