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 Walking in the Engadine | 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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2019
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2018
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2018
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2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. Read more
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2011
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2011
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Stubaier Alps | Cicerone
  • An essential guidebook for anyone trekking the scenic Stubai Alps, in the Austria Tyrol. Two multi-day hut to hut hikes are described. The Stubai Rucksack Route links eight huts without crossing glaciers or difficult passes, whereas the challenging Stubai Glacier Tour involves much glacier work. Both treks easily fit into a two week holiday. Read more
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2013
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2016
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2016
  • St-Jacques-de-Compostelle - Puy-en-Velay to Moissac GR65-1 IGN 89020
  • Chemin de St-Jacques - the Way of St James in France along the GR65 between Le Puy-en-Velay and Moissac presented at 1:100,000 on a double-sided, waterproof and tear-resistant map from IGN with cartography from their highly popular TOP100 series. The route is prominently highlighted on contoured mapping and annotated with hiking distances.... Read more
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2016
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2013
  • Sentier St-Jacques - Bruxelles-Paris-Tours GR655 2013
  • Guide FFRandonnée Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle : Bruxelles-Paris-Tours - 6551.La via Turonensis (ou voie de Tours/voie de Paris) est l'un des quatre chemins de France du pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, le plus au nord. Voie la plus sereine et la plus ancienne, elle était historiquement la plus fréquentée.Au départ de... Read more
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  • Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury & Stowmarket OS Landranger Map 155 (paper)
  • Suffolk around Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket, including part of the E2 European Long-distance path, on a paper version of map No. 155 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map,... Read more
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2019
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2019
  • Wandelgids The Slovene Mountain Trail | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail or Transverzala, 550km across Slovenia. Beginning at Maribor near the Austrian border to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast, the route is described as a series of 3 to 6-day treks through the region of Pohorje and the limestone mountains of the Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps. Read more
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2014
  • Sentier St-Jacques - Montgenevre-Arles 2014
  • Guide FFRandonnée Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle : Montgenèvre - Arles - GR 653D - 459 km de sentiers GR. La Voie d'Arles. Un chemin incontournable, à la fois itinéraire jacquaire et ancienne voie romaine, qui vous fera découvrir 4 départements aux paysages contrastés et au... Read more
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  • GR653D Chemins de St-Jacques: Montgenèvre - Arles FFRP Topo-guide No. 6531
  • Chemins de St-Jacques: Montgenèvre - Arles, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 6531, covering a 459km route along the GR653D from Montgenèvre in the French Alps on the Italian border, across Gap, Sisteron, Apt and Cavaillon, to Arles. Current edition of this title was published in June 2014.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre)... Read more
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  • Colchester, Halstead & Maldon OS Landranger Map 168 (paper)
  • Colchester, Halstead and Maldon area, including part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 168 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger title... Read more
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  • Massif des Bauges IGN WATERPROOF 3432OTR
  • 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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  • Samoens / Haut-Giffre 2017
  • Geplastificeerde versie! De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande... Read more
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  • Samoens - Haut-Giffre IGN WATERPROOF 3530ETR
  • 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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  • Orcieres-Merlette - Sirac - Mourre Froid - PN des Ecrins IGN WATERPROOF 3437ETR
  • 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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  • Chamonix / Massif du Mont Blanc 2017
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Massif du Mont-Blanc IGN 3630OT
  • Map No. 3630OT, Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc area of the French Alps, single-sided version on paper in the TOP25 edition of IGN’s excellent, detailed topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with an overprint highlighting hiking paths, long-distance GR routes, campsites and other tourist information, plus a GPS compatible UTM grid. The map... Read more
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  • Seetaler Alpen - Seckauer Alpen - Judenburg - Knittelfeld F&B WK212
  • Seetaler Alpen - Seckauer Alpen - Judenburg - Knittelfeld area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently... Read more
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  • Oberstaufen 2017
  • Oberstaufen - Westallgäu - Adelegg - Lindenberg - Isny – Wangen 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... Read more
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  • Pfaffenwinkel 2019
  • Pffafenwinkel 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 1:35,000. Contour interval... Read more
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  • Pfaffenwinkel - Peissenberg - Weilheim K+F Outdoor Map 28
  • Pffafenwinkel 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 1:35,000. Contour interval... Read more
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  • Tignes / Val d'Isere / Haute Maurienne 2018
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Tignes - Val-d`Isere - Haute Maurienne - PN de la Vanoise IGN 3633ET
  • 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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  • Mattsee - Wallersee - Irrsee - Fuschl - Mondsee - Oberndorf F&B WK391
  • Mattsee - Wallersee - Irrsee - Fuschl - Mondsee - Oberndorf - Salzburg - Wolfgangsee area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To... Read more
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  • Lake Maggiore 2018
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from K Read more
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  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese K+F Outdoor Map 8
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta - Lake Varese area at 1:50,000 in a series of waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible and contoured recreational maps from Kümmerly + Frey with both local and long-distance hiking and cycling trails, ski routes, sites for other outdoor pursuits, accommodation, bus stops, etc. An inset provides a small road map of... Read more
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Walking holidays

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  • Walk through the Bavarian Alps to Zugspitze
  • Explore the Bavarian Alps on this hotel to hotel walking tour. This walking holiday takes you to the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 2,962m. Follow panoramic trails through mountainous scenery and traditional Alpine towns and villages. Immerse yourself in Germanic Alpine culture; hike from town to town, and enjoy loop... Read more
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  • Mountains & Lakes of the Julian Alps Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Explore the mountains and lakes of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the Via Alpina from Jezersko to Lake Bohinj. Explore the mountains and lakes of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the Via Alpina from the tranquil village of Jezersko to Lake Bohinj at the heart of the Triglav National Park. Following well marked trails you will walk... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Final Stage - Montefiascone to Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour following the final stage of the Via Francigena through Umbria and Lazio. The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of... Read more
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  • Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Innsbruck
  • Walk through the Karwendel mountains on this hotel to hotel walking tour. Enjoy the cultural and scenic highlights of Bavaria and Tyrol on this self-guided inn to inn walking tour. Your adventure begins with two nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria’s outdoor capital, nestled at the foot of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Head... Read more
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  • Across the Alps: Bavaria to South Tyrol
  • Self guided walking tour across the Alps from Bavaria to South Tyrol. Walk across the Eastern Alps from German Bavaria to Italy’s South Tyrol via Austria on this moderate inn to inn walking tour. This unique route has been designed by us with the Alpine novice in mind, or for those who are simply looking for a comparatively easy-going Alpine... Read more
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  • Walker's Haute Route (East) - Arolla to Zermatt
  • Walk the Eastern Walker's Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Take on the iconic Eastern section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Six days of sublime mountain walking culminating at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The Walker’s Haute Route is one of the World’s great treks and the eastern section from Arolla to... Read more
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  • Grindelwald Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local... Read more
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  • The Glacier Express Rail and Hike
  • Ride the world Glacier Express panoramic journey through the Swiss alps and explore the Engadine and Zermatt on foot. Cross the Swiss Alps on the famous Glacier Express, a direct train from St Moritz to Zermatt; considered one of the most stunning rail journeys of the world. Get closer to the typical wooden chalets and sounds of Alpine cow... Read more
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  • Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek focusing on the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc staying in hotels. Since The Tour du Mont Blanc was inaugurated as a GR in 1952 it has gained a reputation as one of the world’s classic treks. This route around Mont Blanc goes through France, Switzerland and Italy takes in the very best sections of the Tour du Mont... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Complete (Extended)
  • Self-guided trek, including a rest day in Cortina, walking the full Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. A well-paced two-week tour along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the Dolomiti mountains, with a mid-walk rest day to recharge and explore the region’s ‘hiking capital’ - Cortina. Follow the full Alta Via 1 from... Read more
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  • St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday in Switzerland's Engadine Valley. A moderate walking tour through the beautiful Engadine Valley, visiting Switzerland’s first and only National Park, St. Moritz and the pretty alpine village of Pontresina. The alpine valley of the Engadine offers the perfect introduction to easy walking in Switzerland. Explore... Read more
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  • High Trails of the Julian Alps Self Guided Walking Trip
  • Explore the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the high trails staying in traditional mountain huts. Explore the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the high trails staying in traditional mountain huts. From the serene shores of glacial Lake Bled the route takes you from hut to hut high into the Triglav National Park and on... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic
  • Self-guided trek, walking 8 days on the Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. Our Classic Alta Via 1 tour covers the majority of this flag-ship trek over 8 walking days. Hike from beautiful Lake Braies through the east Italian Alps to finish just before Passo Duran, where the trail turns wilder and more remote. This version of the Alta Via... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 4: Fidenza to Aulla
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through the Apennine Mountains. This journey along the Via Francigena takes you through the Apennine Mountains, known as the “backbone of Italy” and from the region of Emilia Romagna into northern Tuscany. Originating in Fidenza, known for its duomo of pink stone, you cross the Cisa Pass and... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Read more
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  • Joost Callens² 2015-10-26 11:35:48
  • GR routes ook in Algarve Portugal ??
  • Okt 2015 waren we in Algarve We zagen nieuwe wegwijzers in Algarve en Alentejo met GR15 op. Maar geen enkel toerismebureau of gespecialiseerde boekhandel wist iets v gids hierover of detailkaartjes enz. Iemand ??
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