The Sätteli pass between Gadmen valley and Engstlen valley
The Sätteli is the highest point of an easy and not too long hike halfway around the Tällistock. The Tällibahn cableway from down in the Gadmen valley helps to avoid a too long ascent and on the other side in Engstlenalp you can go by bus down again.
In the east lies the Tällistock, the first in a chain of very steep limestone mountains where the Titlis is the last one. To the west the Engelhörner rise 1800m vertically above the Urbach valley but they look tiny in front of Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Lauteraarhorn.
The Trift Glacier (German: Triftgletscher) is a 5 km long glacier (2005) situated in the Urner Alps i...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.