E3

Description

  1. Length of trail 6,950 km, 4,319 miles
  2. Length in days 350 days
  3. Start of trail Santiago de Compostela (Es)
  4. End of trail Emine (Bg)
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

E3, Czech Republic, Ore Mountains E3: Santiago de Compostela (Es) - Emine (Bg), 6950 km

Atlantic – Ardennen – Erzgebirge – Karpaten – Black Sea

Its 6950 km make it the second longest European trail, leading all the way from Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, through Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and France to Santiago the Compostela in Spain.

Bulgaria: 700 km, Mount Kom to cape Emine on the Black Sea.

The E3 strings together the following national trails:

Spain

France

Belgium

Luxembourg (235 km)

Germany

  • First village is Perl
  • From Perl local trails, marked
  • Saarland Rundwanderweg (partly)
  • Local trails, marked
  • Ausoniusweg
  • Local trails, marked
  • Taunus Höhenweg
  • Local trails to border with Czech Republic, marked
  • Last village of south leg in Germany is Schirnding

Czech Republic (452 km)

South leg, 300 km

  • First village in Czech Republic is Pomezí nad Ohří
  • Pomezí n.O. (border crossing) - Horní Hraničná - Cheb (square) - Lipová (railway station) , 22,5 km, KCT map no. 1
  • Dolní Žandov - Vysoké sedlo - Hvězda (crossroads) - Bílá hájenka , 31,5 km, KCT map no. 2
  • Loket, Monument of Goethe , 20 km, KCT map no. 3
  • Svatošské Rocks - Karlovy Vary, Hot Spring - Karlovy Vary, Post office - Sadov - Vlčinec (lodge) - Plešivec - Jáchymov, townhall - Boží Dar - Klínovec (watchtower) - Měděnec (railway station) , 78 km, KCT map no. 4
  • Mountain of St. Sebastian - Svahová - Nová Ves v H. - Český Jiřetín (border crossing) , 58,5 km, KCT map no. 5
  • Fláje (former village) - Cínovec (border crossing) - Komáří vížka - Adolfov - Tisá - mountain walls - Děčínský Sněžník , 60,5 km, KCT map no. 6
  • Děčín, Tyršův most - Děčín, Nové město - Labská stráň - Hřensko, town , 29,5 km, KCT map no. 12-13
  • Border crossing at Hřensko, joins E3 North leg coming from Germany 

Central leg, 152 km

  • First village in this leg is Hřensko, border with Germany
  • Hřensko (border crossing) - Hřensko, town - Pravčická brána - Mezní louka - Jetřichovice - Studenec - Jedlová (railway station) - U Ranče - Jedlová, peak - return to U Ranče - Luž, peak - Dolní Světlá (railway station), 60,5 km, KCT map no. 12-13
  • Hvozd, peak - Horní sedlo - Ještěd, peak, 39,5 km, KCT map no. 14
  • Liberec, Horní Hanychov - transfer by public transport to Liberec, Lid.sady - Liberec, Lidové sady - Nová louka - Klečové louky - Jizera, peak - return to Klečové louky - Smědava - Jizerka , 37 km, KCT map no. 20-21
  • Harachov (railway station) - Nový Svět - Harachov (border crossing) , 15 km, KCT map no. 22
  • Last village in Czech Republic is Nový Svet / Harrachov

Maps

  • South leg: KCT maps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22
  • Central leg: KCT maps 53, 55, 56, 59, 60, 96

Poland (300 km)

  • First village in Poland is Jakuszyce, border crossing
  • Jakuszyce - Boboszów, local trails, marked blue (mainly), 300 km
  • Last village in Poland is Boboszów (border crossing)

Czech Republic (291 km)

  • First village in Czech Republic is Dolní Lipka / Dolní Boříkovice
  • Dolní Lipka (border crossing) - Dolní Boříkovice, crossroads - Králíky (square) - Prostřední Lipka (railway station) - Králický Sněžník, crossroads - Paprsek (tourist hut), 44,5 km, KCT map no. 53
  • Ramzová (railway station) - Červenohorské sedlo (tourist hut) - Švýcárna (tourist hut) - Praděd, peak - Jelení studánka - Rýmařov (square), 56 km, KCT map no. 55
  • Stráské (bus) - Rýžoviště (square) - Dětřichov n. Bystřicí (railway st.) - Dvorce - Budišov nad Budišovkou (square) - Kružberská přehrada (bus) , 57 km, KCT map no. 56
  • Podhradí, camp - Hradec n. Moravicí (castle) - Leskovec (bus) , 43 km, KCT map no. 59
  • Fulnek (bus) - Kletné (dam) - Suchdol n. Odrou (railway station) - Starý Jičín, edge, 31,5 km, KCT map no. 60
  • Svinec, peak - Hodslavice, museum - Malý Javorník (crossroads) - Radhošť, chapel - Pustevny, huts - Martiňák, monument - Hlavatá (bus) - Třeštík (tourist hut) - Nad Bumbálkou - Bumbálka (border crossing), 59 km, KCT map no. 96
  • Last village in Czech Republic is Horní Bečva

Slovakia (170 km)

  • Start at Border Czech Republic / Slovakia, Bumbálka, hut
  • Bumbálka - Veľký Javorník (1071 m) (22 km), path to Kasárne, cottages (2 km)
  • Veľký Javorník – Bytča – Súľovské – Súľov, village and hut (17 km)
  • Súľov – Rajec, town (15 km), path to Rajecká Lesná, village (2 km)
  • Rajec - Veľká lúka (1475 m) (25 km), path to Martinské hole, chalets
  • Veľká lúka - Veľký Kriváň (1708 m) (25 km), path to Vrátna hut
  • Veľký Kriváň - Veľký Rozsutec (1609 m) – Zázrivá, village (18 km)
  • Zázrivá - Minčol (1393 m) – Orava dam, recreation area (35 km)
  • Orava – Border Slovakia / Poland, Trstená/Chyżne (13 km)

VKÚ maps:

109 Javorníky-Čadca
108 Javorníky-Púchov
157 Súľovské vrchy
120 Malá Fatra-Martinské hole
110 Malá Fatra-Vrátna
111 Chočské vrchy-vodná nádrž Liptovská Mara
102 Oravské Beskydy-vodná nádrž Orava

Poland (160 km)

  • Local trails, marked
  • First village in Poland is Chyżne
  • Chyżne - Barwinek, 160 km, marked
    (Probably this is part of the Beskids Trail)
  • Last village in Poland is Barwinek

Slovakia (274 km)

  • Start in Dukliansky (502 m)
  • Dukliansky - Nižnej Polianky (590 m) (24 km), path to motel (3 km)
  • Nižnej Polianky - Staviská pass (650 m) (24 km), path to Vyšného Tvarožca (hut)
  • Staviská pass – Kurovské pass (683 m) (22 km)
  • Kurovské pass – Obručné, village (16 km)
  • Obručné - Čergov pass (917 m), hut (29 km)
  • Čergov pass – Prešov (34 km)
  • Prešov – Dubnik (874 m) (27 km)
  • Dubnik – Herľany (19 km)
  • Herľany – Slanec, village (34 km)
  • Slanec – Byšta, village (20 km)
  • Byšta - Slovenské Nové Mesto, border Slovakia / Hungary (25 km)

VKÚ maps:

106 Laborecká vrchovina-Dukla
105 Ondavská vrchovina-Bardejov
104 Čergov
115 Šarišská vrchovina-Branisko
116 Slanské vrchy-Veľká Domaša
117 Slanské vrchy-Dargov
148 Zemplínske vrchy-Latorická rovina

Hungary (266 km)

  • First village is Sátoraljaújhely, border with Slovakia
  • Great Plain Blue Trail, Sátoraljaújhely – Nagykereki, 260 km
  • Own track, Nagykereki – Ártánd, 6 km
  • Last village in Hungary is Ártánd, border with Romania

Romania

  • Recently, the first 150 km have been marked, and maps and guides will be available soon

Bulgaria

Opinions

Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 11. in Germany
  • Joke ter Weele October 2009
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Well marked trail through vast forests
  • Negative Trudging through deep snow in October....
  • Henk Nouws August 1992
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Over the years I hiked different parts of the E3. The trail chooses the best parts of the countries it visits.
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Map

Map European Long Distance Trail E3

Map European Long Distance Trail E3

Map European Long Distance Trail E3

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Wandelgids GR-15 Tronçon Nord: Monschau-Martelange | Grote Routepaden |
  • De Routebeschrijving begint in Monschau en voert ons door de Hoge Venen naar Eupen. Van daaruit lopen we door een prachtige, ongerepte natuur, voorbij enkele bekende toeristische hoogtepunten van de Ardennen (Spa, Remouchamps, Aywaille, Houffalize, Bastogne) tot op de de Luxemburgs Belgische grens in Martelange. Route ingetekend op top.... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Brighton and Lewes
  • Map No. 198, Brighton and Lewes, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Worthing, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Newhaven, Seaford, Shoreham-by-Sea, Turners Hill, Forest Row, Sinfold, Balcombe, Sharpthorne, Nutley, Ardingly, Handcross, Slinfold, Southwater, Broadford Bridge, Cowfold, Partridge... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Engeland Landranger 198 Brighton & Lewes, Haywards Heath |
  • Zeer goede detailkaart met topografische ondergrond. Hierop zijn toeristische symbolen van bezienswaardigheden ingetekend, daarnaast staan bijvoorbeeld campings en jeugdherbergen vermeld en - voor wandelaars het belangrijkst - alle right of way paden en Lange afstands Wandelpaden zijn er op te vinden. De ideale kaart voor het wandelen in... Read more
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  • Brighton and Lewes OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 198, Brighton and Lewes, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Worthing, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Newhaven, Seaford, Shoreham-by-Sea, Turners Hill, Forest Row, Sinfold, Balcombe, Sharpthorne, Nutley, Ardingly, Handcross,... Read more
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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
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  • 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
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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
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