We began our tour of the Alps by enjoying the beauty of the farmland and grasslands that surround them. From here at the bottom, the mountains are magnificent. Hiking the Alps, though, is how they are truly appreciated. While many scenic places are only accessible by cable cars, Augstmatthorn was not one of them. It was a tough and steep climb up to the summit, and we loved it. Our hike began below soft white clouds and ended high above them on a stunning ridge. We had been told to look for the lake on the other side of the mountain, but the layers of clouds blocked our view. We were not disappointed. We were enthralled with the view we had.