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Watch This Stunning Swiss Alps Time-Lapse, Then Visit the Summit Yourself

November 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | ()

Helvetia's Dream from Alessandro Della Bella on Vimeo.

Ever flown into Switzerland's Zurich Airport? You step off the plane and the soaring windows fill only with the expanse of blue sky all around. Then you step into the terminal transfer train and, in the darkness, there's the sound of cows mooing, cow bells clanking and alpine horns tooting from the speakers.

The first bit of the video below instantly brought us back to that moment at Zurich Airport, as it also features that typical Swiss soundtrack...before jumping into a rhythm to compliment the stupendous vistas in the time-lapse.

This video. named "Helvetia's Dream," comes from Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella and is an ode to his homeland and the landscape in which he grew up. He obviously headed to the top of a few mountains for the shots, but we're here to tell you that you can as well, and easily.

Several of the most scenic pieces of the short video (plus that still shot) were captured atop Mt Pilatus, an Alp that's reachable from the city of Luzern and done without any climbing whatsoever. You take a bus from Luzern to the gondola station. A small, private gondola takes you halfway up and then a large, communal gondola goes up the summit. Don't believe us? We did it, just last year.

Should you desire to see the stars, there's even a hotel at the top (with free WiFi in the restaurant/cafe!).

Looking down the gondola cables on Pilatus

[Photo: Jaunted, Video: Alessandro Della Bella]

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