The man-made tunnel inside the Rhone Glacier. Valais, Switzerland. Photo: Lance Richardson / SF

The man-made tunnel inside the Rhone Glacier. Valais, Switzerland. Photo: Lance Richardson / SF

Hallstatt, Austria. Considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe, it has evidence of inhabitants since prehistoric times.

Hallstatt, Austria. Considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe, it has evidence of inhabitants since prehistoric times.

Perhaps the most glorious hike in Switzerland is the ridge walk from Schynige Platte to First, high above Interlaken in the Berner Oberland.

Perhaps the most glorious hike in Switzerland is the ridge walk from Schynige Platte to First, high above Interlaken in the Berner Oberland.

'Obersee' in Berchtesgaden National Park ~ southeastern Germany • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berchtesgaden_National_Park

'Obersee' in Berchtesgaden National Park ~ southeastern Germany • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berchtesgaden_National_Park

Forest Trail, Plitvice, Croatia. Plitvice National Park in Croatia is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. Due to its natural beauty and significance, this system of 16 interlinked lakes and a large forest complex around it were set aside as a national park in 1949. In 1979 the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Forest Trail, Plitvice, Croatia. Plitvice National Park in Croatia is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. Due to its natural beauty and significance, this system of 16 interlinked lakes and a large forest complex around it were set aside as a national park in 1949. In 1979 the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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