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Flüela Pass
photograph by Tristan Traiber

Flüela Pass

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flüela_Pass

Flüela Pass (elevation 2383 m) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden. The pass road connects Davos and Susch in the lower Engadin valley.

Since the Vereina Tunnel opened in 1999, the road is no longer guaranteed to be open all year.

An NGO, Pro Flüela Verein was established in 1990 to extend the opening outside the summer months. It raises money from membership fees, and grants from the cantonal government and local communes[1]

Lai da Palpuogna
photograph by Brue

Lai da Palpuogna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lai_da_Palpuogna

Lai da Palpuogna (Romansh; German: Palpuognasee) is a mountain lake at Albula Pass in the municipality of Bergün, in the Grisons, Switzerland. In a 2007 television program of the Swiss channel SF 1, the lake was voted the most beautiful place in Switzerland.

Morgins
photograph by Luca Fontana

Morgins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgins

Morgins is a village in the municipality of Troistorrents in the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in southern Switzerland.

It is noted for skiing and is part of the Portes du Soleil ski resort. It is located at 1333 m in the Val de Morgins, a side valley of the Val d'Illiez in the Chablais Alps at the foot of the Dents du Midi.

The road up the Val de Morgins leads to the Pas de Morgins, the pass into France.

Rhine valley
photograph by Philipp Häfeli

Rhine Valley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhine_Valley

The Rhine Valley (German: About this sound Rheintal ) is a glacial alpine valley, formed by the Alpine Rhine (German: About this sound Alpenrhein ), i.e. the section of the Rhine River between the confluence of the Anterior Rhine and Posterior Rhine at Reichenau and its mouth at Lake Constance. From Reichenau, the Alpine Rhine flows east, passing Chur and turning north, forms the border between the Canton of St. Gallen of Switzerland on the left (west) side and first Liechtenstein and then Vorarlberg, Austria on the right (east) side. The Swiss-Austrian border follows the historical bed of the Rhine, but today the river follows an artificial canal within Austria for the final 5 kilometres (3 mi).

The Rhine Valley extends to about 80 kilometres (50 mi). Its upper third has the character of an Alpine valley, enclosing a bottom plain of about 1 to 4 kilometres (0.6 to 2.5 mi) across. Downstream of Vaduz, the valley widens considerably, developing into a broad plain, measuring some 10 kilometres (6 mi) across at its lower end along the southern shores of Lake Constance. From the point of the Rhine's emergence from Lake Constance, it is known as High Rhine.

Tributaries of the Alpine Rhine are the Plessur, Landquart, Ill and Frutz rivers on the right side. It has no major left tributaries; rivulets joining it from the left are Oldisbach at Chur, Cosenz at Untervaz, Säge at Tardisbrücke, Tamina at Bad Ragaz, Tobelbach at Burchs, Simml at Gams.

Silvrettahorn
photograph by Pmedicus

Silvrettahorn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvrettahorn

The Silvrettahorn is a mountain of the Silvretta Alps, located on the border between Switzerland and Austria. On its southern Swiss side it overlooks the Silvretta Glacier.


Wildsee
photograph by Elliott Bignell

Pizol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizol

The Pizol is a mountain in the Glarus Alps, overlooking Wangs in the canton of St. Gallen. At 2,844 metres above sea level, it is the highest summit of the chain separating the valleys of the Seez and the Tamina rivers, and the highest mountain lying entirely within the canton of St. Gallen.

There are five mountain lakes (Pizolseen) on Pizol: Wangsersee at Pizolhütte, Wildsee, Schottensee, Schwarzsee (2368 m) and Baschalvasee (2174 m). A small glacier, the Pizolgletscher, lies above 2,600 metres on the northern side of the mountain.

The Pizol can be climbed by experienced hikers. The shortest route starts at the Mugger Cham cable car station (near Pizolhütte) at 2,200 metres and crosses the glacier before reaching the summit via the south ridge. The massif is also a popular for the hikes around the lakes.