E3

Description

    E3
  1. Name E3 (E3)
  2. Length of trail 6,950 km, 4,319 miles
  3. Length in days 350 days
  4. Start of trail Santiago de Compostela (Es)
  5. End of trail Emine (Bg)
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. 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

Select some tracks
European long distance path E3, 65km
European long distance path E3 - part Germany
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Bayern (Ost), 62km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Bayern (Mitte), 77km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Bayern (West), 117km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Deutschland, Bayrische Rhön, 82km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3 und E6, Deutschland, Rhön (Milseburg - Heidelstein), 20km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Deutschland, Hessische Rhön, 23km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Vogelsberg, 100km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Taunus, 83km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Rhein-Taunus, 56km
.European long distance path E3 - part Germany, 223km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Sachsen (Ost), 90km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Sachsen (Mitte), 99km
.Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Sachsen (West), 131km
.Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Sachsen West-West), 105km
.Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Thüringen Ost), 147km
.Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Thüringen West), 141km
.Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Sachsen West-Ost), 110km
.Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Sachsen Ost-West), 71km
European long distance path E3 - part Czech Republic
.European long distance path E3 - part Czech Republic, Morava, 258km
.European long distance path E3 - part Czech Republic, North East, 146km
.European long distance path E3 - part Czech Republic, North West, 355km
European long distance path E3 - part Poland (west), 293km
Mianka - Zamek Grodno i dalej..., 37km
.Zamek Grodno - Pod zamkiem, 0.7km
.Pod zamkiem - Jezioro Bystrzyckie, 2.1km
.European long distance path E3 - part Slovakia, 489km
.European long distance path E3 - part Poland (east), 247km
.Европейски пешеходен маршрут Е3, България, 598km
.European long distance path E3 - part Hungary, 267km
.European long distance path E3 - part Romania, 98km
.European long distance path E3 - part Luxembourg, 236km
.European long distance path E3 - part Belgium, 171km
European long distance path E3 - part France, 488km
Via Podiensis
.Via Podiensis, Le Puy-en-Velay - Conques, 206km
.Via Podiensis, Conques - Moissac, 211km
.Voie du Puy, Moissac - Aire-sur-l'Adour, 169km
.Via Podiensis, Aire-sur-l'Adour - Stèle-de-Gibraltar, 131km
.Via Podiensis, Stèle-de-Gibraltar - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, 30km
.Via Podiensis, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Roncesvalles, 24km
Verbindungsweg zum Europäischen Fernwanderweg E3, 3.5km
Novaprint Runde (Bewegungsarena Linsberg Asia), 5.1km
Internationaler Bergwanderweg Eisenach - Budapest (Polen West), 291km
Europäischer Fernwanderweg E3, Deutschland, Oberpfalz, 204km
GR 285 E3 Mendibai ibilbidea (Tolosa-Ereñotzu), 34km

Opinions

Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 2. in Andorra
  • 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

IGN
France
  • Livre - Les Routes de Compostelle en France
  • Ce guide retrace tous les éléments culturels et patrimoniaux des routes de Saint-Jacques dans toute leurs diversité (paysages, monuments, lieux symboliques) y apportant une notion nouvelle : la possibilité de parcourir ces chemin... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa Domino Map
  • 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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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 4 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic 50K Tourist Atlas
  • Czech Republic Tourist Atlas from Shocart with over 600 pages of contoured mapping at an exceptionally detailed scale of 1:50,000 with hiking and cycling trails, presented in an A4 ring-binder with a hard slipcase. Each page is removable so coverage can be easily assembled for just selected parts of the country, or individual pages used on... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rila Mountains Domino Map
  • Rila Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 50m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for scree, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and pine scrub and forests. An... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Rila gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin Mountains Domino Map
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Pirin gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Western Rhodope Mountains Domino Map
  • Western Rhodope Mountains at 1:100,000 on a contoured GPS compatible map from Domino extending from just west of the Pirin National Park to Asenovgrad in the north-east. The map is double-sided with a good overlap between the sides. Topography is shown by contours at 50m intervals with relief shading and spot heights, plus colouring for... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Zlatitsa to Kalofer Domino Map
  • 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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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 1 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandzha Mountains: Burgas to the Turkish Border Domino Map
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik Domino Map
  • 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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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita Domino Map
  • 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
  • Also available from:
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 3 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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IGN
France
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Germany
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
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Forum

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  • patagonius 2015-04-21 15:47:03
  • E3 in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
  • Any recent experience walking these sections? Considering flight to Prague in September, buy maps there and sample best parts of E3 in Beskidy and Tatras for four weeks, depart from Krakow. Are markings sufficient to stay on track for linguistically challenged?
    Thank You
    Paul
    • Henk Nouws 2015-04-22 20:38:29
    • Three years ago I walked a small section of the E3 in Slovakia and a 4-days section in Poland, the Beskids, from Krynica to Szcsawnica. The markings are excellent. You will find mountain huts as well. In the lower parts are small and cheap hotels. Maps can be bought locally in the larger villages or on the Internet. I don't speak Polish or Slovakian, but this is not a problem. Try Traildino Mobile to find the GPX track of the Beskids trail or E3.
    • patagonius 2015-04-23 04:06:12
    • Thanks
      Is it possible to biblical or must one seek lodging?
    • Henk Nouws 2015-04-23 08:03:49
    • I really do not know. These countries are quite populated, and accommodation is cheap. On the other side, the forests are large and people will not easily notice you.
    • patagonius 2015-04-24 03:31:42
    • Many thanks for direction to the mobile site. Following GR with Cicerone guides and road atlas in the past, keeping on track through towns sometimes difficult.
      Happy Trails
      P
    • BlazeskiD 2015-09-28 17:57:10
    • What is the best timing (winter, summer, spring, month...) for starting of this trail?
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