As the largest mountain range in Europe, the Alps rise in an arc of over 1000 km through seven countries. The landscape of the Alps is as varied as the cultures. From picturesque alpine meadows to bizarre rugged rock formations, from rushing waterfalls to lovely turquoise-green mountain lakes. The realm of the mountains is an Eldorado for every adventurer. But nature must be treated with respect. So far, every alpinist has found his master in the mountain world.