Walking and Climbing in the Alps
Hike in the Alps and soak up spectacular mountain panoramas, the fragrance of Alpine meadows, the shade of lush green forests, and some of the fantastic food and wine you’ll need to recharge – you’ll have earned it!
Switzerland reveals itself best when discovered on foot, and today’s hiking resources mean pure pleasure, feel-good experiences in unspoiled nature. SwitzerlandMobility is the ideal route planner for your perfect hiking tour, not to mention canoe trips, cycle paths, and even skating routes! Hike by lakes, hike by night, walk into the home of Emmenthaler cheese or scramble by glaciers that have been hewing the Alps for thousands of years. Stroll along castle grounds, explore old mines, or traipse through vineyards. Take a rest and ride a high-altitude funicular or take the famous mountain railway for a bird’s eye view of where your feet can take you. Mountaineering in Switzerland is what started the modern travel industry, thanks to Thomas Cook; pack your gear and climb!
Walking and hiking in Germany are some of the best ways to reach the most breathtaking views and quietest corners of this history and scenery-rich country. The German hiking paradise caters to all levels, from alpinists seeking thin air and thick adventure on the Alpine heights to the multi-generational family group with youngest and oldest preferring easier paths, always in stunning natural settings. You have nearly 200,000 km of hiking trail network to choose from. Roam through the forests of Northern Hesse, find rare flowers or search out military history on the Moselle - stopping for some of the local wines, of course – but no matter where you wander, you’ll embrace with delight the perfect mix if nature, exercise, and sightseeing that happen when you walk and climb in Germany.
No manner of exploring and experiencing a destination that is as intimate and personal as enjoying it on foot; walking and hiking in Austria will get you close to nature, its people and wonderful traditions. If you’re looking for picture perfect scenery, fresh mountain air and crystal clear lakes, Austria offers an abundance of choices from remote alpine ascents to fascinating rambles through Austrian mountain life. The Cheese Route through the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg is the ideal way to explore the region and its close ties with cheese making, from dairy farms and inns specializing in cheese to alpine pastures where you can personally thank one of the gifted Austrian dairy cows.
Hike the Salzkammergut region, recognized for 4500 years of history by UNESCO, and explore ice caves and ancient salt mines!
Slovenia is green in almost every direction and well endowed with trails to enjoy the leaf-and-needle paradise. Even from the cities you can be on a hiking trail within a few minutes. The choice of trails is remarkable: from easier short walks along the valleys and foothills to highly challenging trails in the high mountains where you can enjoy views of the Alpine peaks. It’s rare that you meet large numbers of fellow hikers, so you can simply enjoy the peace and beauty. Slovenia has almost 10,000 kilometres of sign-posted trails, so walk around a little, not just straight across. What’s the rush? That’s the charm of hiking in Slovenia, from seaside ramble to lakeside stroll or alpine ascent, take your time, enjoy and breathe deeply in Slovenia.
Italy is a known walking wonderland: who hasn’t worn out a pair of sandals in Florence, Rome, and Venice? (And perhaps enjoyed shopping for Italian replacements?) But the wild side of Italy is equally captivating; there are miles where you can walk and climb in rugged, remote territory. In Sicily’s and Sardinia’s highlands you won’t run into a big tour group, that’s for sure. Italy’s nine national parks offer well-marked trails in a variety of terrain. Gran Paradiso National Park is perfect for hiking; adventurous trekkers love the Aosta Valley, which also has woods and flats where novice walkers have a great time. Cinque Terre National Park features scenic hiking trails crossing two valleys and into the Montemarcello-Magra Reserve, with postcard views of mountains sweeping down into the Ligurian Sea.