Via Alpina

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  1. Name Via Alpina (VA)
  2. Length of trail 5,000 km, 3,107 miles
  3. Length in days 333 days
  4. Start of trail Monaco
  5. End of trail Trieste
  6. Traildino grading DW, Difficult walk, bushwalk
  7. Hut tour grading T3, Demanding mountain walk

Via Alpina

The Via Alpina is a pan European trail from Monaco to Trieste, covering the entire Alps region. No less than eight Alpine countries are involved: Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France and Monaco.

All together the Via Alpina trails cover 5000km in 342 stages. There are five separate trails, of which the red trail is the longest, forming a full arc connecting Trieste to Monaco, 2500km. This can be done in about four months. The yellow trail also starts from Trieste, takes an alternative route to Oberstdorf in Germany, where it ends to meet the red trail again. The purple trail splits off from the red trail in Tržaška koča na Doliču and turns east to make a detour through Slovenia and Austria, only to meet up with the red trail again also in Oberstdorf. Further west in Liechtenstein the green trail splits off from the red trail to take a shorter route across Switzerland to Adelboden where it ends to meet the red trail. Finally, the blue trail splits from the red trail in Riale, Italy, only to be rejoined with the red trail in Sospel, southern France, near the final destination Monaco.

The Via Alpina is a stiff hike, for hardened walkers. It crosses many of the main Alpine mountain ranges. However, it is not a mountaineering expedition, and there are no glacier crossings involved nor any exposed passages.

Season for hiking the Alps is from early July until halfway September. In the lower parts, june is a fine month, full of flowers. And oktober can be very pleasant in the Dolomites and southern Alps.

To prepare, start by visiting the excellent website of the Via Alpina organisation (see under Facts).

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Via Alpina, 344km
Via Alpina
Via Alpina Red
.Via Alpina Red R1, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R2, 25km
.Via Alpina Red R3, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R4, 16km
.Via Alpina Red R5, 21km
.Via Alpina Red R6, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R7, 21km
.Via Alpina Red R15, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R20-25, 80km
.Via Alpina Red R26, 4.9km
.Via Alpina Red R27, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R41, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R42, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R43, 25km
.Via Alpina Red R44, 7.9km
.VIA ALPINA Red R56, 7.4km
.VIA ALPINA Red R57, 12km
.VIA ALPINA Red R58, 8.6km
.Via Alpina Red R76, 21km
.Via Alpina Red R77, 18km
.Via Alpina Red R78, 9.4km
.Via Alpina Red R79, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R80, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R81, 18km
.Via Alpina Red R82, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R83, 13km
.Via Alpina Red R84, 22km
.Via Alpina Red R85, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R86, 2.2km
.Via Alpina Red R87, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R88, 8.5km
.Via Alpina Red R89, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R90, 3.6km
.Via Alpina Red R91, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R92, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R93, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R94, 29km
.Via Alpina Red R95, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R96, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R97, 28km
.Via Alpina Red R98, 16km
.Via Alpina Red R99, 9.2km
.Via Alpina Red R100, 16km
.Via Alpina Red R101, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R102, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R103, 7.5km
.Via Alpina Red R104, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R105, 8km
.Via Alpina Red R106, 24km
.Via Alpina Red R107, 9.9km
.Via Alpina Red R108, 19km
.Via Alpina Red R109, 18km
.Via Alpina Red R110, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R111, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R112, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R113, 21km
.Via Alpina Red R114, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R115, 16km
.Via Alpina Red R116, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R117, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R118, 8.6km
.Via Alpina Red R119, 18km
.Via Alpina Red R120, 7.8km
.Via Alpina Red R121, 15km
.Via Alpina Red R122, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R123, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R124, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R125, 20km
.Via Alpina Red R126, 10km
.Via Alpina Red R127, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R128, 19km
.Via Alpina Red R132, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R133, 12km
.Via Alpina Red R134, 16km
.Via Alpina Red R151, 23km
.Via Alpina Red R152, 18km
.Via Alpina Red R153, 21km
Via Alpina Red R154, 6.4km
.Sentiero per Rifugio Pian dell'Arma, 1.6km
.Via Alpina Red R155, 9.9km
.Via Alpina Red R156, 22km
Via Alpina Red R157, 23km
.Sentiero per Rifugio Allavena, Colla Melosa, 2.3km
.Via Alpina Red R158, 9km
.Via Alpina Red R159, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R160, 19km
.Via Alpina Red R161, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R17, 17km
.Via Alpina Red R16, 19km
.Via Alpina Red R18, 14km
.Via Alpina Red R19, 23km
Via Alpina Purple
.Via Alpina - Violetter Weg [046b Lavanttaler Alpen], 146km
.Via Alpina Purple A14, 20km
.Via Alpina Purple A36, 4km
.Via Alpina Purple A37, 9.6km
.Via Alpina Purple A38, 15km
.Via Alpina Purple A39, 2km
.Via Alpina Purple A40, 6km
.Via Alpina Purple A41, 16km
.Via Alpina Purple A42, 7km
.Via Alpina Purple A43, 19km
.Via Alpina Purple A44, 11km
.Via Alpina Purple A45, 23km
.Via Alpina Purple A46, 27km
.Via Alpina Purple A47, 13km
.Via Alpina Purple A48, 9.1km
.Via Alpina Purple A49, 11km
.Via Alpina Purple A50, 12km
.Via Alpina Purple A51, 7.9km
.Via Alpina Purple A52, 18km
.Via Alpina Purple A53, 15km
.Via Alpina Purple A54, 13km
.Via Alpina Purple A55, 25km
.Via Alpina Purple A56, 13km
.Via Alpina Purple A57, 19km
.Via Alpina Purple A58, 26km
.Via Alpina Purple A59, 15km
.Via Alpina Purple A60, 29km
.Via Alpina Purple A61, 8.9km
.Via Alpina Purple A62, 21km
.Via Alpina Purple A63, 15km
.Via Alpina Purple A64, 17km
.Via Alpina Purple A65, 22km
.Via Alpina Purple A66, 17km
.Via Alpina Purple A10, 19km
.Via Alpina Purple A11, 18km
.Via Alpina Purple A12, 23km
.Via Alpina Purple A13, 18km
Via Alpina Yellow
.Via Alpina Yellow B1, 17km
.Via Alpina Yellow B2, 16km
.Via Alpina Yellow B3, 18km
.Via Alpina Yellow B4, 31km
.Via Alpina Yellow B5, 42km
.Via Alpina - Gelber Weg [Allgäuer Alpen], 22km
Via Alpina Blue
.Via Alpina Blue D3, 12km
.Via Alpina Blue D4, 16km
.Via Alpina Blue D5, 12km
.Via Alpina Blue D51
.Via Alpina Blue D52, 9.1km
.Via Alpina Blue D53, 20km
.Via Alpina Blue D54, 16km
Via Alpina Green
.VIA ALPINA Green C1, 12km
.VIA ALPINA Green C2, 5.4km

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 1. in Liechtenstein
  • Bastien July 2013
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Challenging and beautiful
  • Negative Expensive accomodations
  • Henk Nouws July 2007
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The Via Alpina is a great project, comparable to the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian trail in the United States. It crosses the well known parts of the Alps, but also lesser known regions which are not less interesting.
  • Negative The trail is a cooperation between many countries and national organisations, and sometimes one gets the impression that not everyone is convinced of the importance of this project. I walked parts of the Via Alpina in Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Monaco and France.
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Map

Via Alpina

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Hike Reports

  • Via Alpina in Southern France and Italy

  • Henk Nouws August 2012
  • This is an account of my walk on the Via Alpina Red Trail, starting in Monaco and ending in Ormea, Italy. I hiked 10 stages in eight days, R161 - R152. It was a great walk, not only because of the vibrant mediterranean nature and landscape, but al...
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps
  • A guidebook to valley and mountain walks in the Bavarian Alps, on the Austro-German border between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden. Accessible from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, these 85 routes range from half-day walks to 5-day hut-to-hut treks. Highlights include the Königssee and Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges. Read more
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2014
  • Bavarian Alps Walking Guide
  • Walking in the Bavarian Alps from Cicerone Press with a selection of 85 walks: graded mountain routes, gentler valley walks and multi-day tours, grouped geographically to provide a variety of choices accessible from popular holiday destinations.Each of the six areas covered by the guide is presented on a overview map showing road and rail... Read more
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United Kingdom
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Beieren - Walking in the Bavarian Alps | Cicerone
  • Wandelgids met dagtochten: goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. Enorm veel keus in een groot gebied! The Bavarian Alps lie along the German–Austrian border in a thin sliver of land roughly 300km long. Crammed into this area is some of the most spectacular walking and beautiful... Read more
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2014
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Stanfords
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  • Grindelwald - Wengen - Müren 50K Hallwag Outdoor Map No. 17
  • Grindelwald area of the Bernese Oberland, with Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Interlaken, plus the peaks of Jungfau anf the Eiger at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional... Read more
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  • Lötschberg
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Maps

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  • Lechtaler - Allgäuer Alpen - Oberstdorf - Landeck
  • Lechtaler - Allgäuer Alpen - Oberstdorf - Landeck area of the Austrian and Bavarian 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... Read more
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  • Goms - Aletsch
  • Goms - Aletsch area of the Bernese Oberland at 1:50,000 in a series from Hallwag covering Switzerland’s popular hiking regions on light, waterproof and tear-resistant maps highlighting long-distance paths: the nine national routes plus special regional routes, as well as other local hiking trails.Cartography is similar to that used both in... Read more
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  • Gesäuse - Ennstaler Alpen - Schoberpass
  • Gesäuse - Ennstaler Alpen - Schoberpass 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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  • Styrian Winelands
  • Styrian Winelands area south-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 this series please... Read more
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  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming
  • Dachstein - Ausseer Land - Filzmoos - Ramsau - Bad Ischl - Schladming 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... Read more
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  • Lienz Dolomites - Lesachtal
  • Lienz Dolomites - Lesachtal 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 available titles in this series please... Read more
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  • Schadminger Tauern - Radstadt - Dachstein - Schladming
  • Schadminger Tauern - Radstadt - Dachstein - Schladming 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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  • Innsbruck - Stubai - Sellrain - Brenner
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  • Tennengebirge - Lammertal - Osternhorngruppe
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  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental
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  • Matrei, Defereggen, Virgental
  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental 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 available titles in this... Read more
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  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel - Wörgl – St Johann in Tirol
  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel - Wörgl - St Johann in Tirol 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... Read more
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  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze
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  • Hinterer Bregenzwald - Kleines Walsertal - Damüls
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  • 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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  • Kat 2016-11-26 01:22:45
  • Slovenia long distance routes
  • Hello!
    I am visiting Slovenia and other countries along the European alps next July and August and hope to hike for about 40 days. My partner and I are fit, and experienced in mountain trekking and work as hiking guides in Tasmania.
    We are looking at either doing the red route of the via alpina from Ankaran in Slovenia to Innsbruck; or the Slovene High Route from the coast to Vrsic and onwards to Austria via the red route.
    We would really some advice on route choice and the differences between these two. It seems the High Level Route takes in more remote and mountainous terrain? We are happy to camp, stay in remote areas and take via Ferrata kits if neccessary. Any recommended 'must dos', route choice, and side trips would be really, really appreciated!
    Thanks Kat
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