* Magnificent Alps *
While the cities of the Old Continent are all too often the main destination for Europe-bound travelers, Mother Nature will certainly astonish even the most avid outdoors fan. Take the Alps, for example. Rick Steves, veteran Euro travel guide guru, recommends to those time-strapped travelers to first visit Paris, then the Alps. And for a good reason. There is too much to say about the Alps to compress it all in one paragraph, so it's better for you to decide what catches your fancy: the Alps in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, or Switzerland?