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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United Kingdom
2018
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2018
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps
  • A comprehensive guidebook detailing walks in Germany`s Bavarian Alps. Lying along the German-Austrian border in a thin sliver of land roughly 300km long, this area contains some of the most spectacular walking and beautiful scenery that Germany has to offer. 70 graded walks explore mountain landscapes, wild mountain gorges and alpine meadows as... Read more
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Netherlands
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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United Kingdom
2021
  • Austria F&B Alp and Hut-to-Hut Hiking Guide
  • A comprehensive guidebook detailing walking routes in Austria. The 101 walks reflect the diversity of this popular region and cover Austria`s magnificent Alps - including the Ratikon, Silvretta, Stubai and Zillertal - as well as the Dachsteingebirge, Hohe Tauern and the Karawanken. Graded according to difficulty and ranging from short walks of... Read more
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United Kingdom
2022
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2021
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2021
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2021
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2021
  • Tour du Queyras GR58
  • Tour du Queyras, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 505, covering in addition to the tour of this picturesque mountain range several other circular routes within the Parc Régional du Queyras. Current edition of this title was published in July 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback... Read more
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  • Carinthia South - Klopeiner See - Karawanken 2021
  • Jauntal - Klopeiner See - Völkermarkt - Bleiburg - Steiner Alps area of Carinthia 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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  • Peterborough, Market Deeping & Chatteris OS Landranger Map 142 (paper)
  • The area around Peterborough, Market Deeping and Chatteris, including the Fens of the North and Middle Levels with part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 142 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE... Read more
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United Kingdom
2019
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2019
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Netherlands
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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  • Reading & Windsor - Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell OS Landranger Map 175 (paper)
  • Reading – Windsor area, including a section of the Thames Path / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 175 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... Read more
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2019
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2019
  • Slovenia Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Several new walks have been added in this 5th edition, which was checked on the ground a few months prior to publication. The maps have been redesigned with waypoints, and GPS tracks are now available for all the walks. The book is one of the first in our new wider format: no mapping is lost in the gutter. Read more
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  • Ipswich, The Naze & Clacton-on-Sea OS Landranger Map 169 (paper)
  • Ipswich with Harwich and The Naze area, including part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 169 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... Read more
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2015
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2019
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute The Way of St Francis - Via Francigena | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the Way of St Francis, Via di Francesco. 550km pilgrimage from Florence, through Assisi to Rome through Central Italy visiting key sites from the saint's life. Described in 28 stages, the guide to the month-long route includes detailed maps, profiles and information about all the shrines, churches and towns along the way. 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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  • Haute Tinee 1 - Auron - PN du Mercantour IGN 3639OT
  • 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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  • Vipiteno, Alpi Breonie 2017
  • Vipiteno/Sterzing - Alpi Breonie/Stubaier Alpen area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords Read more
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  • Vipiteno / Sterzing - Alpi Breonie / Stubaier Alpen Tabacco 038
  • Vipiteno/Sterzing - Alpi Breonie/Stubaier Alpen area in a series of Tabacco maps at 1:25,000 covering the Dolomites and the mountains of north-eastern Italy - Stanfords’ most popular coverage for this region, with excellent cartography and extensive overprint for hiking routes and other recreational activities, local bus stops, etc. Additional... Read more
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  • Embrun / Les Orres / Lac de Serre-Poncon 2019
  • 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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  • Embrun les Orres - Lac de Serre-Poncon IGN 3438ET
  • 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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  • Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg - Schneealpe F&B WK022
  • Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg – Schneealpe area of eastern Austria 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 available titles in... Read more
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  • Mont Viso - Saint-Veran - Aiguilles - PNR du Queyras IGN 3637OT
  • 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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  • Cha ne des Aravis / Massif des Bauges 2022
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps in a series of GPS compatible, contoured TOP 75 maps at 1:75,000 from the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking paths, cycling routes and sites for other recreational activities. The map includes five large panels showing the areas around la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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  • Chaine des Aravis - Massif des Bauges IGN 75032
  • Chaîne des Aravis - Massif des Bauges region of French Alps in a series of GPS compatible, contoured TOP 75 maps at 1:75,000 from the IGN, highlighting local and long-distance hiking paths, cycling routes and sites for other recreational activities. The map includes five large panels showing the areas around la Grande Balmaz, Mont Colombier, la... Read more
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  • Luberon - Mont-Ventoux IGN 75034
  • TOP75 IGN maps (Tourism & Hiking) are ideal for discovering exceptional regions. Thanks to their ultra-precise mapping at a scale of 1:75,000, you can practice your favorite leisure activities: on foot by bike or by car. These maps include, in addition, 5 extracts of TOP25 at a scale of 1:25,000 for hiking in exceptional natural sites. Read more
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2020
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2020
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2020
  • Wandelgids Tour of Mont Blanc | Cicerone
  • The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the world`s classic treks. This guidebook to hiking the 170km TMB contains in-depth route description and mapping for both the classic 11 day anti-clockwise circuit and an alternative 10 day clockwise circuit. This well-signed but demanding route, starting from Les Houches or Champex, is suitable for fit... Read more
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