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Tourists from all over the world find it interesting to visit Alpe d'Huez that is a unique place. This ski resort has an undisputable advantage – it is impossible to find another mountain resort that has so many ski trails in such a small territory. The village near this mountain sports gem has a triangular shape. It is a part of the Grandes Rousses massif.
The ski resort of Alpe d'Huez greeted its first guests in 1936. When French people talk about this resort they often use the phrase “the most”. Indeed, the resort deserves praise. Starting from its launch, Alpe d'Huez has become one of the leading alpine ski resorts in Europe. This is a sunny place, and even cold mountain massifs of the French Alps look charming and welcoming here.
The history of this “sunny island” started more than 80 years ago. This is the name that guests and locals gave to the town because it has so many sunny days a year. Alpe d'Huez became an internationally famous resort after competitions in such an interesting winter sport as bobsleigh. This event took place in 1968. This is the time when Grenoble hosted Winter Olympic Games. Starting from that time, Alpe d'Huez has been developing and improving its infrastructure. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
What can tourists see in this world of winter fairytale? Having arrived in Alpe d'Huez, don’t forget to visit the museum dedicated to the history of this region. Children will find it very interesting to see sculptures placed inside an ice cave. This is a true ice world that the local Ice Sculpture Museum offers to visit. In the evening, consider visiting the concert hall in order to enjoy fabulous organ music. In the daytime, it is very interesting to see the beauty of the region from a viewpoint. For this purpose, grab our friends and family and head to the top of Le Pic Blanc.
Do you like snow-covered slopes and skiing? Alpe d'Huez is a true paradise for all winter sports aficionados. The resort offers 236 kilometers of ski trails for both beginners and advanced athletes. Depending on the level, ski trails have markings of different colors: green, blue, red, and black. Do you like extreme alpine skiing? La Sarenne is a must then. This is the longest black run the Alps. The trail passes through a tunnel, but skiers do not need to worry as the tunnel has illumination. The burst of adrenaline is guaranteed.
Besides sports entertainment, vacationers can easily find other interesting activities that are particularly exciting for everyone wishing to learn more about the culture and heritage of the region. Dog sledding is one of these unforgettable experiences – dogs will pull your sled on a special trail. It is also possible to admire the beauty of winter landscapes during a snow tractor ride. If you do not know how to drive one, local instructors are ready to give you a couple of lessons and tell about all safety measures. Fans of flying will be glad to try paragliding and helicopter rides. This is an amazing opportunity to see Alpe d'Huez from a bird’s eye view.
Ice skating is one more activity that both adults and children enjoy. Besides this, vacationers can swim in a pool, play tennis, and even enjoy golf. Don’t forget to visit the ice laser show as this is a mesmerizing performance that is very popular with tourists. The show looks particularly impressive in this fairytale place.
Do you plan to visit Alpe d'Huez together with a child? The resort is perfectly suitable for families. There are ski schools for children where little guests can learn the basics of alpine skiing. In Alpe d'Huez, there are even special kindergartens for babies – professional babysitters and animators will take care of your kid and entertain them. Besides this, various entertaining events for children are typical for Alpe d'Huez. This means that children of all ages will not feel bored here.
There are many shops in the resort area of Alpe d'Huez. Needless to say, the majority of them offer sports goods and equipment. Despite this, it is not hard to find interesting souvenirs and household items that will be heartwarming reminders of an awesome holiday at the winter resort. Don’t forget to surprise your little ones with interesting toys.
It is possible to reach the winter fairytale kingdom of Alpe d'Huez from the railway station. The distance to the resort from the station is 63 kilometers. There is one more way to get to Alpe d'Huez – by air. Grenoble Airport accommodates flights and offers taxi services for tourists who head to Alpe d'Huez. This is the shortest way, but it is also possible to arrive in Lion and Geneva first. This route is significantly longer, but the beauty of local nature will make you want to stop hurrying.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Alpe d Huez
♥   Castle 'Château de Fayet' Isère, 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Bayard' Isère, 35.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Clermont' Isère, 39.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Les Marches' Savoie, 43.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de La Salle' Savoie, 47.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Alpe d Huez
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Chartreuse' , 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Vercors' , 53.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Massif des Bauges' , 64.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Queyras' , 71.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' , 99.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Alpe d Huez from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Gouffre Berger

From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
With regard to this special feature, the entrance into the cave is only possible for experienced speleologists and only with the appropriate equipment. The tourists can wander in the picturesque area and look into the huge funnels whose rocky walls are lush with the lush plants. Most of the underground vaults are constantly flooded. Only a few passes can be thrown through, so the researchers always take inflatables always with. Some Höhletunnel are completely flooded and therefore attract the divers. In this cave, Peter Watkinson, who has immersed himself in the vast depth, set the world record in 1967. … Read further

Grenoble Bastille

From the series “The Longest Ski-Lifts and Cable Trams in the World”
Cabin run is very smooth, so even those who are afraid of heights overcome 673 meters of way unnoticed. Despite the fact that in comparison with global giants, Grenoble cable car is relatively short, it remains one of the confident leaders among urban constructions. Locals treat cable car as one of the main symbols of the city and call its gondolas ‘bulles.’ The lower cableway station is situated at the waterfront of Grenoble. Surprisingly, there is never a queue out there. … Read further
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