Alps

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French Alps

The Alps, main mountain range of Europe, extending from France to Slovenia, including Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein. Highest summit is Mont Blanc (4.810), on the frontier of France, Switzerland and Italy, home of the popular Tour du Mont Blanc.

The Alps are, contrary to what most people think, not the largest mountain range in Europe. The Carpathians actually are more extensive, but not as high.

Often, hikers from outside Europe ask where to go in the Alps, which trail is best. Obviously, this is something every individual has to decide upon herself. The range of hiking opportunities in the Alps is huge. Beautiful country walks are within reach of snow capped mountains where someone else is sweating on a rope to get over a glacier. There are plenty of long distance trails combining different areas, although most people stick to one area. Some like to stay in a hotel and make day walks. Others fancy a hut-tour.

Let's be clear on another point: the facilities in the Alps are among the best in the world. Some would argue they are over the top. Thousands of huts – and very good ones too – lots of ski lifts, well marked trails.

Okay, we from Traildino do have some advice. First, take into account the local culture of an area. Many Alpine regions have a long and rich history which is there to enjoy. The different countries sharing the Alps are all very different, and the regional differences are equally astonishing. This is really a part of the fun here: enjoying nature, enjoying people and hospitality. Second tip: famous is not best. You will probably think of flying to the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc or something equally famous. Needless to say: these area's are very busy and by no means the most impressive or beautiful. Pretty as they are, also the different national parks draw many visitors and hikers are packed in large huts when aiming at the high peaks. If that's what you want: fine. If you prefer a small hut where a local warden makes you the best dinner you've ever had and where you can have a chat with the other three guests while inhaling the sounds and fumes of the end of the day, than virtually every region in the Alps has its charms.

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Overview of the Alps

Trails in this region

Books

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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids Lake Como and Maggiore | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 30 walks in the beautiful Italian lakes of Maggiore and Como. Routes are graded by difficulty and range from easy lakeside strolls to challenging mountain peaks. Well-waymarked trails take you away from the crowds to visit tiny hamlets, historic villas and scenic islands, with walks for all year round. Read more
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2018
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2018
  • Wandelgids Beieren - Walking in the Bavarian Alps | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps, on the border of Germany and Austria, between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden. Accessible from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, these 70 routes range from half-day walks to 3-day hut-to-hut treks. Highlights include the Königssee and Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges. Read more
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2014
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2014
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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Engadine - Engadin | Cicerone
  • A guidebook to 100 day walks in the Engadine, Val Bregaglia, neighbouring valleys and the Engadine National Park. Varying from gentle rambles to adventurous high-level routes for the experienced mountain walker. The routes range from 4 to 16km long, visiting forests and meadows, high mountain landscapes, lakes and passes. Read more
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2021
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  • Fragokastelo - Plakias 2016
  • Uitstekende topografische kaarten van een deel van Griekenland: zonder meer hele goede kaarten voor wandeltochten in een onbekend stuk Griekenland! Ze zijn gedrukt op scheurvast en watervast papier op een schaal van 1:25.000 met een UTM grid voor GPS gebruikers. Op de meeste kaarten is geven de hoogtelijnen een interval van 20m. aan. Met... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 11.17 Frangokastelo - Plakias - Kreta | Anavasi
  • Uitstekende topografische kaarten van een deel van Griekenland: zonder meer hele goede kaarten voor wandeltochten in een onbekend stuk Griekenland! Ze zijn gedrukt op scheurvast en watervast papier op een schaal van 1:25.000 met een UTM grid voor GPS gebruikers. Op de meeste kaarten is geven de hoogtelijnen een interval van 20m. aan. Met... Read more
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  • La Motte-du-Caire / Vallee du Sasse 2018
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Wendelstein / Rosenheim 2019
  • Rosenheim - Wendelstein area of the German Alps including Mangfallgebirge at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 06 Outdoorkarte Wendelstein - Rosenheim | Kümmerly & Frey
  • Rosenheim - Wendelstein area of the German Alps including Mangfallgebirge at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000... Read more
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  • Berchtesgaden 2019
  • Berchtesgaden - Bad Reichenhall - Königsee area of the German Alps at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or... Read more
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  • Exo Mani 2018
  • Uitstekende wandelkaart op scheur- en watervast papier van het wandelgebied rond Kardamyli maar ook nog met Agios Nikolaos. De wandelpaden staan er op ingetekend, zo ook alle bezienswaardigheden als klooster, kastelen en meerdere opgravingen. Mani is the middle and southernmost peninsula of the Peloponnese and is split between Laconia and... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 8.10 Exo Mani | Anavasi
  • Uitstekende wandelkaart op scheur- en watervast papier van het wandelgebied rond Kardamyli maar ook nog met Agios Nikolaos. De wandelpaden staan er op ingetekend, zo ook alle bezienswaardigheden als klooster, kastelen en meerdere opgravingen. Mani is the middle and southernmost peninsula of the Peloponnese and is split between Laconia and... Read more
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