1. Length of trail 7,000 km, 4,350 miles
  2. Length in days 350 days
  3. Start of trail North Cape (N)
  4. End of trail Castellucio (I)
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

E1, SwitzerlandE1: North Cape (N) - Castellucio (I), 4900+ km.

North Sea – Lake Constance – Gotthard – Mediterranean Sea.

Approximately 7000 km long trail leading from north to south, starting at Grövel Lake in Sweden, through Denmark, Germany and Switzerland to Scapoli in Italy.

Recently, the trail has been extended all the way to the North Cape in Norway! Starting in 2013, the waymarking will be ready.

Norway (2105 km)

Sweden (1200 km)

Denmark (378 km)

Jylland (Jutland):

  • Boat from Varberg, Sweden
  • Start in Grenå
  • Molsruten, Grenå - Risskov, 77 km marked
  • Local trails, Risskov - Vrads Sande, 85 km mostly marked
  • Hærvejen, Vrads Sande - Rønsdam, 213 km marked (Vrads Sande is about 50 km south of Viborg, the end of the Haervejen)
  • Gendarmstien, Rønsdam - Kruså, 3 km marked

Germany (1830 km)

Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg

  • Start in Kupfermühle / Kruså / Flensburg

Eastern route

  • Local trails via Kiel, Lübeck, Güster, together with E6
  • Local trails from Güster to Hamburg

Western alternative

  • Schlei – Eider – Elbe Wanderweg, Flensburg – Hamburg

Niedersachsen, 339 km

  • From Hamburg local trails via Buchholz/Nordheide, Soltau to Müden Örtze
  • From Müden local trails via Celle, Führberg, Otternhagen, Haste, Springe, Hameln to Bösingfeld

Nordrhein-Westfalen, 276 km

  • From Bösingfeld local trails to Horn
  • Eggeweg, Horn – Marsberg, 70 km
  • From Marsberg local trails via Wirminghausen, Schwalefeld, Altastenburg, Bad Berleburg, Bad Laasphe, Lahnhof, Siegen to Herdorf

Rheinland-Pfalz, 169 km

  • From Herdorf local trails via Fuchskaute, Unnau, Selters, Montabaur, Nassau, Balduinstein, Michelbach to Idstein

Hessen, 165,5 km

  • From Idstein local trails via Oberursel, Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen, Dreieichenhain, Ober-Ramstadt, Bensheim, Nieder-Liebersbach to Heidelberg

Baden-Württemberg, 464 km

Switzerland (348 km)

  • Entering from Germany at Konstanz (Bodensee)
  • Via Jacobi to Vierwaldstättersee;
  • Trans-Swiss Trail to Italian border;
  • Leaving near Lugano;



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Map European Long Distance Trail E1


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  • Bren 2014-07-05 03:10:55
  • Only Live Once
  • Hello,

    I'm considering walking the E1 non-stop, in it's entirety. I had thought to start the trek in Norway in mid-May 2015, entering Sweden at the start of September and entering Germany at the start of November - and this is where I become a little concerned! Will it be too cold to continue trekking in Germany over the European winter? (I am from Australia.) And when would it be "too early" to cross into Switzerland - would I have to wait until perhaps April? Or... is it really not a trek which can be done non-stop in it's entirety? After Switzerland I imagine the (winter) weather would become less of a concern, although perhaps I'd be best advised to avoid Italy in mid-Summer...

    Please help me out!

    BREN :-)

    (Oh - one more question... are there bears in the Norwegian section?!?)
  • Karen 2014-01-08 21:36:27
  • Brussels - North Cape
  • Hi!

    My boyfriend and I are planning to go from Brussels to North Cape. We are thinking of taking the E2 first, then the E9 and join the E1 in Denmark.

    How long do you think it would take to walk to North Cape (considering that it will be winter at a time). And, given the climate, do you have any idea of ​​the best time to go?

    Thanks in advance
  • Sonny B. Andersen 2013-07-30 18:21:55
  • url error
  • http://www.gut-zu-fuss.de/ does not show the Langner report
    www.walknrun.dk is not available
  • Robert1 2013-01-21 03:26:58
  • E1 Trail Guide Book
  • Hello can you tell me if there is a guide book for this wonderful trail in English? I would love to begin the trail in Norway but I am not sure how to plan without a guide book. Any suggestions? Thank you very much.
    • Henk Nouws 2013-01-27 12:09:22
    • I'm afraid there is no English guidebook. The trail is far too long to cover in one book anyway. But on the other hand, the trails in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are indicated on maps. For Sweden and Denmark you must contact the local communities, and they can probably provide you with english documentation. The Norwegian trails are on maps. The entire route is well marked. Just go.
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