E4

Description

  1. Length of trail 10,450 km, 6,493 miles
  2. Length in days 520 days
  3. Start of trail Ceuta(Es)
  4. End of trail Larnaka (Cy)
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

E4, Germany

Gibraltar – Pyrenees – Lake Constance – Balaton – Rila – Kreta - Cyprus

With 10.450 km (11.773 km including all detours and alternatives) the E4 is by far the longest European trail, although there is a substantial gap in construction in Romania/Bulgaria. The alternative through Serbia is ready waymarked. Starting off in the southern tip of Spain in Tarifa, it leads northeast, across the Pyrenees through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia (alternative Romania under construction), Bulgaria and Greece. The Peloponnes part (260 km) has been renovated in 2012 and 2013. Several ferry rides lead across to the island of Crete and finally Cyprus.

After leaving Switzerland, the route offers a choice between the alpine route, for experienced mountain hikers only, and a less demanding subalpine alternative. They converge again before leaving Austria.

Spain (2.034 km)

Books:

  • MOLINA ABRIL, Antonio: GR 7. Senda granadina. Tramo Valle de Lecrín: Nigüelas-Albuñuelas, Ed. Proyecto Sur de Ediciones, 1998. ISBN: 84-8254-059-9, 112 págs.
  • VVAA.:GR 7. Senda granadina. Tramo Almijara-Sierra Tejeda. Ed. Proyecto Sur de Ediciones SL, 1999
  • CRUZ, Mariano, et AL: GR 7. Senda granadina. Tramo alpujarreño: Laroles- Lanjarón. Ed. Proyecto Sur de ediciones S.L, 1999. ISBN: 84-8254-930-8, 204 págs
  • MOLINA SANCHEZ, David y SÁNCHEZ SÁNCHEZ, Antonio Joaquín: GR 7 ( E-4) Andalucía. Sendero Andaluz. Provincia de Cádiz. Ed. Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Córdoba 2006
  • VVAA.: GR 7 Provincia de Córdoba: Sierras Subbética. Ed. Federación Andaluza de Montañismo y Diputación Provincial de Córdoba, 72 págs
  • VVAA: GR 7. Caminos del Campo de San Juan. Ed. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo- Natursport, Murcia 2000
  • TARRAGA, José et AL: GR 7 Murcia. Ed. Naturesport, 2009
  • CUELLAR, E. : GR 7 (E-4). Fredes - Pinoso. Ed. Iniciativas Rurales Valenciana, Valencia 2002, 300 págs.
  • Senders de Catalunya: GR 4, GR 5, GR 176, GR 179 and GR 241. Ed. Muntanya, S.L: Barcelona 2008
  • AGUADE, Enric y EMBODAS, Jordi: GR 7, GR 171, GR 172, GR 174. Ed. FEEC, Barcelona 1998.ISBN: 84-920595-5-1

France (1.337 km)

  • First village is Bourg Madame (border with Spain)
  • GR36, Bourg Madame - Motagne Noire
  • GR7, GR71, GR72, GR68 - Tour du Mont Lozère, Montagne Noire - Villefort
  • GR44, GR4, GR42, GR429, Villefort - Vallée du Rhone
  • GR9, BL Balcon du Léman, Vallée du Rhone - Saint-Cerque
  • Last village is La Cure (border with Switzerland)

Books:

  • Topoguides from FFRP

Switzerland (425 km)

  • First village is Saint-Cerque (border with France)
  • Jura Höhenweg, Saint-Cerque - Dielsdorf, 239 km
  • Own track, Dielsdorf - Eglisau
  • Via Rhenana, Joint track with E5 on south border of Bodensee, Eglisau - Kreuzlingen, 176 km
  • Own track, Kreuzlingen - Rheineck
  • Last village is Rheineck (border with Austria)

Books:

  • Many books about Jura Höhenweg

Main Way, Northern Branch

This alternative traverses the Northern Limestone Alps in Germany and the Pre-Alpes in Austria.

Austria (35 km)

  • First village is Rheineck (border with Switzerland)
  • Bodensee Rundweg, Rheineck - Bregenz
  • Bregenz – Lingenau, bus
  • Maximiliansweg, Lingenau - Hittisau / Hölfele Alm
  • Last village is Hittisau / Hölfele Alm (border with Germany)

Germany (472 km)

  • First village is Staufner Haus am Hochgrat (border with Austria)
  • Maximiliansweg, Staufner Haus – Bad Reichenhall
  • Last village is Bad Reichenhall / Bayerisch Gmain (border with Austria)

Austria  (729 km)

Publication:

  • Voralpiner Weitwanderweg 04, Wienerwald – Salzkammergut – Berchtesgaden – Bodensee. Überarbeitete Auflage 2011, 158 Seiten, Eigenverlag der OeAV-Sektion Weitwanderer. Erhältlich über die Sektionsadresse sowie bei Freytag & Berndt, www.freytagberndt.at
  • Ostösterreichischer Grenzland-weg 07, Eigenverlag der OeAV-Sektion Weitwanderer, 2011, 131 Seiten, erhältlich über die Sektionsadresse und bei Freytag & Berndt, www.freytagberndt.at.

Maps, 1:50.000, Freytag & Berndt:

  • WK 364 Bregenzerwald – Rheintal
  • WK 104 Chiemgauer Alpen – Lofer – Leogang – Steinberge
  • WK 391 Mattsee – Wallersee – Irrsee – Fuschl – Mondsee – Oberndorf
  • WK 282 Attersee – Traunsee – Höllengebirge – Mondsee – Wolfgangsee
  • WK 081 Pyhrn – Priel – Eisenwurzen – Grünau im Almtal – Steyrtal – Nationalpark Kalkalpen
  • WK 051 Eisenwurzen – Steyr – Waidhofen an der Ybbs – Hochkar
  • WK 031 Ötscherland – Mariazell – Erlauftal – Lunzer See – Scheibbs
  • WK 012 Hohe Wand – Schneebergland – Gutensteiner Alpen – Piestingtal – Lilienfeld
  • WK 013 Nationalpark Donauauen – Lobau – Hainburg – Marchegg – Gänserndorf
  • WK 271 Neusiedler See – Leithagebirge – Rust – Seewinkel Nationalpark
  • WK 023 Forchtenstein – Rosaliengebirge – Thermenregion – Bucklige Welt – Wiener Neustadt

Alpine Way, Southern Branch

This alternative traverses the entire Northern Limestone Alps in Austria and does not enter Germany.

Austria (1.030 km)

  • First village is Dornbirn / Bregenz (border with Switzerland)
  • Nordalpenweg, Weitwanderweg 01, Bregenz - Kufstein - Spital - Mattersburg (Marzerkogel), 1.030 km
  • Continue with Main Way

Publication:

  • Publications for the E4 alpin: »Nordalpiner Weitwanderweg 01«, Verlag Styria, 192 Seiten, ISBN 3-222-11798-5.

Maps, 1:50.000, Freytag & Berndt:

  • WK 364 Bregenzerwald – Rheinthal
  • WK 351 Lechtaler Alpen – Allgäuer Alpen
  • 352 Ehrwald – Leermoos – Reutte – Tannheimer Tal
  • 322 Wetterstein – Karwendel – Seefeld – Leutasch – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • 321 Achensee – Rofan – Unterinntal
  • 301 Kufstein – Kaisergebirge – Kitzbühel
  • 104 Chiemgauer Alpen – Lofer – Leogang – Steinberge
  • 103 Pongau – Hochkönig – Saalfelden
  • 392 Tennengebirge – Lammertal – Osterhorngruppe
  • 281 Dachstein – Ausseer Land – Filzmoos – Ramsau
  • 081 Phyrn – Priel Eisenwurzen – Grünau – Steyrtal – Nationalpark Kalkalpen
  • 063 Gesäuse – Ennstaler Alpen – Schoberpass
  • 041 Hochschwab – Veitschalpe – Eisenerz – Bruck an der Mur
  • 022 Semmering – Rax – Schneeberg – Schneealpe
  • 023 Forchtenstein – Rosaliengebirge – Thermenregion – Bucklige Welt

Main Way

The Northern Branch and Southern Branch (Alpine Way) join in Mattersburg (Marzerkogel) and continue south to Rattersdorf.

Austria (60 km)

  • Start in Mattersburg (Marzerkogel)
  • Mattersburg (Marzerkogel) - Rattersdorf, 60 km
  • Last village is Rattersdorf (border with Hungary)

Hungary (1.388 km)

  • First village is Köszeg (border with Austria)
  • National Blue Trail, Irottkoe Mountain, Köszeg - Sátoraljaújhely, 1.063 km
  • Great Plain Blue Trail, Sátoraljaújhely – Nagykereki, 260 km
  • Own track, Nagykereki – Ártánd, 6 km
  • Last village in Hungary is Ártánd (border with Romania)

Eastern branch

Romania

  • There were rumours that the first 150 km had been marked. However, as of 2013, this is not correct. We will have to wait, and hope this project will get started soon.

Bulgaria


Western branch

Hungary

  • Continuing from Great Plain Blue Trail, Sátoraljaújhely – Nagykereki
  • Great Plain Blue Trail / E7, Nagykereki - Mindszent
  • E4 / E7 combined, Mindszent - Szeged
  • Last village in Hungary is Szeged / Iala (border with Serbia)

Serbia (1.240 km, 1.482 including detours)

  • First village is Krstur (border with Hungary)
  • Iala (Hungary)/Krstur (Serbia) - Kanjiža – Senta - Kikinda– Arača – Novi Bečej – Melenci – Elemir - Zrenjanin- Carska bara – Kovačica - Farkaždin – Idvor – - Uzdin - Vladimirovac – Alibunar - Deliblatska peščara(devojački bunar) – Dolovo - Pančevo – Beograd – Kumodraž – Avala – Zuce – Leštane – Vinča – Ritopek – Brestovik –Smederevo Šalinac – Lipe – Radinac – Mihajlovac – Osipaonica – Požarevac Viminacijum (Kostolac) – Drmno - Ram – Zatonje – Veliko Gradište – Vinci – Usije – Golubac fortress – Kučevo – Ravništarka Brnjica – Dobra (Koznica) – Šomrda – Lepenski vir – Boljetinska reka (deviation: Požarevac – Toponica – Veliko selo – Crljenac – Vitovnica – Melnica – Ravništarka)- Štubej – Vukan – Gornjak – Krupajsko springhead – Beljanica – Žagubica – Milatovac – Selište – Kupinova glava – Jasikovo - Debeli lug – Majdanpek – Oman (loop: Boljetinska river – Lepenski vir – Pesača – Sokolovac – Kurmatura –Boljetin) – Liškovac – Mosna – Miroč – Veliki Štrbac – Golo brdo (Tabulum Traiani) – Kladovo -Brza Palanka - Vratna – Štubik –Plavna - Šarkamen – Negotin – Rajačke pimnice – Brusnik – Salaš - Sikole – Luka – Bor – Brestovačka spa – Zlot – Malinik – Boljevac – Mali Izvor – Rtanj (settlement) (deviation: Zlot – Šarbanovac Borski – Gamzigradska spa – Gamzigrad Rtanj settlment) - Šarbanovac Sokobanjski – Sokobanja - Devica – Beli potok – Tresibaba – Mučibaba – Kalna – Balta Berilovac – Crni vrh – Babun zub - Topli Do (Mrtvački most) - Zavojsko jezero – Basarski kamen – Visočka Ržana – Slavinja – Smilovci - Bačevo – Gradina - Kalotina (Bulgaria)
  • Last village is Gradina , border with Bulgaria

The Serbian Mountain Organisation, Planinarski Savez Srbije, currently has information and maps available, but the trail is only partly finished (as of 2013). You will be one of the first.

Maps Serbia:

  • Stari Begej – Carska Bara, 1:25.000, Geokarta, Belgrade, 2005
  • Beograd, Turistička karta područja, 1:100.000, Geokarta, Belgrade, 2008.
  • Stara planina, Nature Park, Mountain Touristic Map, 1:50.000, Geokarta, 2006.
  • Djerdap National park, 1:70.000, 2 maps, Touristic Map, JP Nacionalni park Djerdap, Donji Milanovac, 2005.
  • Avala, Mountain Touristic Map, 1:10.000, PSD „Avala“, belgrade, 2007.

Bulgaria (350 km starting from Sofia)

  • First village is Kalotina (border with Serbia)
  • Kalotina - Sofia, no trail
  • Sofia (residential district “Dragalevsi”) - Vitosha mountain, Verila, Rila, Pirin, Slavyanka, Gotsev (mountain)
  • Last village is Slavyanka near the state border to Greece.

Greece (1.832 km)

  • First village is Kulata (border with Bulgaria)
  • Kulata - Promochon - Florina, 308 km
  • Florina - Litohoro - Kalambaka, 400 km
  • Kalambaka - Karpenisse - Delphi - Itea, 480 km
  • Egio - Tripoli - Sparta - Githeon, 324 km
  • Boat to Crete
  • Crete: Kastella - Zakros, 320 km
  • Boat to CypruGuidebook in German: Griechenland: Trans- Kreta E 4. Outdoorhandbuch by Dagmar Wahlen and Rainer Lencer (Conrad Stein).

Guidebook:

  • In German: Griechenland: Trans- Kreta E 4. Outdoorhandbuch by Dagmar Wahlen and Rainer Lencer (Conrad Stein).

Maps:

  • 1:50,000 maps for sections over Olympos (Dion-Livadi), from Meteora to Karava and from Pitimaliko to Delphi published by Greek National Tourism Organisation
  • 1:50,000 maps for section from Diakopto to Daras published by Greek National Tourism Organisation

Cyprus (539 km)

  • Boat from Crete
  • Pafos - Lanaka, 539 km

Books:

  • Local E4 brochure

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 2. in Austria
  • Karen May 2012
  • Rate 9
  • Positive We walked the part in the Sierra Nevada - excellant ways, waymarking and accomondations and great scenery.
  • Jarle Halvard Nilsen April 2007
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The different nature and many really nice sceneries. It is also great to meet the very friendly Spanish people
  • Negative To hike along roads with heavy traffic
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Map

Map European Long Distance Trail E4

Map European Long Distance Trail E4

Map European Long Distance Trail E4

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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelgids E4 Duitsland: Erz- en Elbsandsteingebirge | Conrad Stein Verlag |
  • Handzaam boekje met de routebeschrijving inclusief een heleboel praktische informatie. De beschrijving is uitstekend, maar kaarten zijn beperkt en schetsmatig aanwezig. Duits. Dieser Wanderführer beschreibt den sächsischen Abschnitt des 2.700 km langen Freundschaftswegs Eisenach - Budapest, der von Plauen durch das Vogtland und das Erzgebirge... Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bregenz
  • Indexed street plan of Bregenz extending north along the Bodensee coast to Lochau and Unter Hochsteg. Detail includes pedestrianised areas, railways, bus routes and cycle paths. Notable buildings are highlighted in red, and symbols indicate post offices, hostels, campsites and car parks.On the reverse is a 1:50,000 contoured map of the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Zlatitsa to Kalofer
  • Stara Planina Central: Zlatitsa to Kalofer map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from just west of Ribaritsa and Zlatitsa eastwards beyond Kalofer to the peak of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from just west of the Uzana massif, the geographical centre of Bulgaria, eastwards to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from the peak of Byala Voda near Belogradchik eastwards to just beyond... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from Varshets (directly north of Sofia) to just beyond Etrepole.Maps in the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Parnassos - Kirfis
  • Parnassos - Kirfis area in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations, e.g.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Giona - Oeta - Vardousia
  • Giona - Oeta - Vardousia area in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant hiking maps at scales varying from 1:50,000 to 1:10,000, with a UTM grid for GPS users. Contour interval varies depending on the scale, on most maps it is 20m. Relief shading, spot heights, springs, seasonal streams and, in most titles, landscape/land-use variations,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Greece: Peloponnese Road Atlas
  • Road Atlas of the Peloponnese from Anavasi, in an A4 paperback format, with contoured, GPS compatible mapping at 1:50,000, very detailed road classification, hiking paths, and place names in both Greek and Latin alphabets.The main section of the atlas has 178 pages of detailed maps with contours at 100m intervals, altitude colouring and relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Greece: Attika and Central Greece Road Atlas
  • Road Atlas of Attika, the region around Athens, and Central Greece from Anavasi, in an A4 paperback format, with contoured mapping at 1:50,000, a 2km UTM grid for GPS users, very detailed road classification, hiking paths, and place names in both Greek and Latin alphabets.The main section of the atlas has 219 pages of detailed maps with... Read more
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  • nora 2014-07-06 22:32:38
  • direction, people, books
  • hi there!
    i was wondering if it would be possible to walk this trail in the other direction - so in other words, is the trail well marked both ways? i'll be walking from vienna to salzburg, so my question applies to the austrian bit of the trail.
    also i'd like to know if there are any books or maps available about this part.
    and last but not least: would you reckon i'd meet many fellow hikers on the way?
    thanks so much for your answer, and thumbs up for the website! it's such a great help.
    x nora
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  • David Castle 2013-05-10 02:45:27
  • GPX, GPS File
  • Is there a GPX file for a GPS of the E4 anywhere on the net?

    Thanks, David
    • Traildino 2013-05-10 18:21:51
    • David, we are working on it as Traildino. But I can give you some advice: check this page.
      http://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/en/?zoom=9&lat=36.44008&lon=-5.30297&hill=0#
      By clicking on "Routes" you get access to the GPX file. I know from experience that the routes that hikers added to OSM usually have a good quality. However, the this E4 is only partly added to OSM, so you will find only about 50% of the entire E4 covered in this track. Well, it's a very long way of course!
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