GR5

Description

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  1. Name GR5 (GR5)
  2. Length of trail 2,600 km, 1,616 miles
  3. Length in days 130 days
  4. Start of trail Bergen op Zoom (Nl)
  5. End of trail Nice (F)
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

GR5, Réfuge la Balme, Mont Blanc

Northsea - Riviera, three months

The GR5 is one of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe. And with reasons: the trail connects the North Sea with the Mediterranean and crosses some of the best and most varied mountain ranges of the continent. If you want, you can continue the GR5 north into Great Brittain: the E2.

Along this trail, friendships were coined and hiking clubs were born... Not surprisingly, a lot of information can be found on the world wide web.

The trail starts in the Netherlands, Bergen op Zoom. Soon the path enters Flanders and its sandy grounds and typical villages. The GR5 again enters the Netherlands, the old and interesting city of Maastricht. Next is the Ardennes region of Belgium, the romantic and forested hills with its grey houses and farms. Third country is Luxembourg. The path follows the border with Germany, along the meandering river Moselle and its castles.

In France the GR5 explores the Vosges, then the Jura, sometimes crossing the border with Switzerland, and finally, after crossing the lake of Geneva by ferry, it follows the length of the Alps. Highlight here is the Mont Blanc. But also the Vanoise, Écrins, Queyras and Mercantour. The trail ends in Nice, good place for a refreshing bath and good meal before returning home.

Many hikers made a life experience of this hike, often returning year after year to tag another section on the record. Nowadays the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostela is probably more popular, highlighting the spiritual needs people probably have.

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GR 5, 0.6km
GR 5 Nederland
.GR 5 NL - 1 - Hoek van Holland-Maassluis Oranjeplassen, 15km
.GR 5 NL - 2 - Maassluis Oranjeplassen-Brielle, 24km
.GR 5 NL - 3 - Brielle-Rockanje, 21km
.GR 5 NL - 4 - Rockanje-Goedereede, 14km
.GR 5 NL - 5 - Goedereede-Herkingen, 18km
.GR 5 NL - 6 - Herkingen-Nieuw Vossemeer, 24km
.GR 5 NL - 7 - Nieuw Vossemeer-Bergen op Zoom, 24km
.GR 5 NL - 8 - Bergen op Zoom-België, 8.8km
.GR 5 Belgie, Vlaanderen Noord, 53km
.GR 5 Belgie, Vlaanderen Zuid, 184km
.GR 5 Belgique, Wallonie, 147km
.GR 5 Luxembourg, 178km
.GR 5 Lorraine, 290km
.GR 5 Vosges, 290km
.GR 5 Jura, 272km
.GR 5 Alpes Côte d'Azur, 613km
rond omheining Kalmthoutse Heide, 3km
Promenade linéaire Thionville-Bellevue, 8.3km
GR5 variant door Hasselt, 14km
GR5 Variant Demerbroeken, 5.1km
GR 5 liaison Fraipont-Mery, 5.7km
GR Liaison GR 5-573-576, 3.8km
GR 5 Variante Genk-Centrum, 8km
Former GR5, 4.2km
GR 5 - Variante Kastelberg, 8.4km
GR5 Variante Belfort, 9.9km
GR5 Variante, 19km
(no name), 110km
GR 5 Variante Morteau, 41km
GR5-Var, 2.8km
GR 57 - Liaison Barchon - GR 5 (Ed9 - Avril 2022), 14km
GR 5 Variante La Plantaz, 2.2km
Floris V-pad-GR5 - Verbinding, 0.7km
proposed, 18km
GR 5 Alpes Côte d'Azur Variant Canal des Chapelles, 2.3km
Grande Rota – Fojos, 31km
GR 5 Variante Modane Gare, 6.1km
GR 5.1 Sender dels Miradors. Variant Montserrat, 1.8km
Goldbach-Altenbach Vers GR5 Rouge-blanc-rouge, 4km
Willer sur Thur vers GR5 rouge blanc rouge, 7.4km
Thann Camp Turenne vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 5.9km
Vieux Thann -Waldkapelle Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 2.3km
Cernay Molkenrain vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 8.6km
Wattwiller vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 1.4km
Moosch - Haag -Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 7.7km
Freundstein Molkenrein Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 1.7km
Bitschwiller Lès Thann-Col de Grumbach Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 3.1km
Bitschwiller les Thann-Plan Diebold Scherrer Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 2.7km
Thann-Place du Roi de Rome Vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 2.2km
Bitschwiller Lès Thann-Place des Canaris Vers GR5 Triangle rouge, 2.1km
Wuenheim - Cantine Zeller vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 3.3km
Berwiller - Mémorial Hartmannswillerkopf vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 8.7km
Monument Serret vert GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-Rouge", 1.2km
Saint Amarin - Markstein Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 7.9km
Abris Saint Hubert vers GR5 Disque rouge, 1.4km
Wesserling - Le Treh vers GR5 "Rouge-Blanc-rouge", 6.7km
Fellering - Le treh vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 1.6km
Kruth - Col du Hahnenbrunnen vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 9.9km
Lac de Kruth Wildenstein - GR5 Croix jaune, 5.3km
Rothenbach - Col du Herrenberg vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 3km
Wildenstein - Le Hohneck vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 6.2km
Liaison le Treh - Markstein vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 2.9km
Liaison Variante GR5, 2km
Liaison Triangle Jaune vers GR5
Urbès - Col des Perches Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 8.2km
Wesserling - Col de Rimbach vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 7.4km
Moosch - Rossberg vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 7.1km
Willer sur Thur - Abri du Blaufels Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 4.4km
Thann - Plan Diebold Scherrer vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 3.8km
D430 Col du Hagg Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 6.2km
D431 Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 0.6km
Liaison Chalet du Grand Ballon -GR5 " Rouge-blanc-rouge", 0.5km
Linthal - Grand Ballon Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 7.2km
Rimbach près Guebwiller - Ferme du Grand Ballon Vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 4km
Liaison croix jaune - GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge"
Rimbachzell - GR5 Disque rouge, 5.5km
Mittlach - GR5 Croix jaune, 6.7km
Metzeral - Col du Hahnenbrunnen vers GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 11km
Metzeral - Col du Hahnenbrunnen Vers GR 5 Disque bleu, 13km
Steinwasen - GR5 Triangle jaune, 2.9km
Mittlach - GR5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 4.2km
GR 5 Alpes Côte d'Azur (variante Saint-Gingolph), 9.8km
Lac d'Altenweiher - GR 5 Croix bleu, 5.6km
Liaison GR 531 - GR 5 Variante Triangle bleu, 1.8km
Saint Maurice sur Moselle - GR 5 "Jaune-blanc-jaune", 11km
Liaison GR531 - GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 1.9km
Liaison GR 5 - GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 0.3km
Liaison GR 531 - GR 5 Triangle bleu, 3.3km
Sewen - Tête des Redoutes Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 5.6km
Villa Puce - Col du Lochberg "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 3.2km
Masevaux - Wissgrut Rectangle rouge, 15km
Gare Sentheim - Rossberg Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 13km
Masevaux - Rossberg Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 3km
Masevaux - Col du Hundsruck Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 5.3km
Guewenheim - Col du Hundsruck Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 12km
Rimbach près Masevaux - Vers GR 5 "Rouge-blanc-rouge", 5.1km
GR 5 - Variante Belfort, 29km
Streek-GR Kempen - Verbinding GR5-SGR Kempen, 3.4km
Floris V-pad-GR 5 - Verbinding, 0.7km

Map

Hiking map Belgium GR5 N

Hiking map Belgium GR5 S

Map of GR5 North

Map of GR5 South

Books

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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2021
  • Tour de l`Oisans et des Ecrins - Parc National des Ecrins GR54/GR541
  • Tour de l`Oisans et des Ecrins, FFRP topoguide, Ref. No. 508, covering the 11 to 13 days long tour of the Ecrins massif along the GR54, including the local section of the GR5. Variants along GRs 54A, 54B, 54C, and 541 offer less demanding circuits of two to three days. Current edition of this title was published in April 2014.To see other... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2020
  • La Traversee der Alpes La Vanoise - PN de la Vanoise GR5/GR55
  • 15 days in altitude from the Tarentaise to Modane, heart of the Maurienne. Description also of Via Alpina.La Vanoise (including Parc National de la Vanoise), FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 530, covering the second section of the GR5 in the French Alps between Landry and Modane, its lower variant on the GR5E along the river Arc, plus the traverse of... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Du Léman à la Vanoise - par le Mont Blanc et le Beaufortain GR5
  • The first, 206-km long Alpine section of the GR5 from Lake Geneva, past Mont Blanc and across the Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme, to Landry north of the Vanoise Massif, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. 504, with colour maps from the IGN TOP25 series at 1:25,000. Also included is a tour of the Dents du Midi. Current edition of this title was published in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • La Grande Traversee du Jura GR5/GR9/GTJ
  • La Grande Travesée du Jura, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 512, covering the GTJ along the Jura Mountains in France from Nommay to Culoz, plus several variants off the main route including parts of the GR5 and GR9 – in all 509kms of hiking trails. Current edition of this title was published in March 2017.The GR509 offers hikers a path punctuated by... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2006
  • Schwarzwald - Vogesen
  • Die schönsten und spannendsten Wanderberge im Schwarzwald und in den Vogesen präsentiert dieser Führer in einer Auswahl von 50 Wandervorschlägen für jede Kondition. Vom alpinen Steig am Feldberg, der höchsten Erhebung der deutschen Mittelgebirge, spannt sich der Bogen bis zum Grand Ballon, dem höchsten Berg der Vogesen, vom Belchen als dem... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2006
  • Schwarzwald - Vogesen
  • Die schönsten und spannendsten Wanderberge im Schwarzwald und in den Vogesen präsentiert dieser Führer in einer Auswahl von 50 Wandervorschlägen für jede Kondition. Vom alpinen Steig am Feldberg, der höchsten Erhebung der deutschen Mittelgebirge, spannt sich der Bogen bis zum Grand Ballon, dem höchsten Berg der Vogesen, vom Belchen als dem... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald - Vogesen | Rother Bergverlag
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van het Zwarte Woud en een deel van de Vogezen. Nauwkeurig beschreven met praktische info per tocht. De ‘Rother Wanderbücher’ behandelen telkens de 50 mooiste wandelingen, die variëren van eenvoudige kindvriendelijke wandelingen tot routes die aanzienlijk meer ervaring vereisen. Uitvoerige routebeschrijvingen, een... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • The GR5 Trail
  • The final section of the GR5, also known as the Grande Traversee des Alpes, runs from the shores of Lac Leman, over the French Alps, to reach the Mediterranean coastline at Nice. The route measures 674 kilometres (420 miles) and can be covered in a month, or split over a series of summer trips. This guidebook also includes some great variant... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2013
  • The GR5 Trail
  • The final section of the GR5, also known as the Grande Traversee des Alpes, runs from the shores of Lac Leman, over the French Alps, to reach the Mediterranean coastline at Nice. The route measures 674 kilometres (420 miles) and can be covered in a month, or split over a series of summer trips. This guidebook also includes some great variant... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids The GR5 Trail Benelux and Lorraine | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the northern section of the GR5 - 1000km starting in Hoek van Holland and passing through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Lorraine to Schirmeck in France. A long-distance route covering a variety of cultures and landscapes. The full GR5 from the North Sea to the Mediterranean is one of the world's greatest trails. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included. Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying, and this book celebrates the rich and scenic diversity for which this great mountain range is renowned. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • Alps Trekking
  • An inspirational walking guide to 20 summer treks in the European Alps in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and Slovenia, by 8 Alpine trekking experts, including the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and lesser-known routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps. All the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned is... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guide to the delights of Alpine multi-day hikes. With 20 hikes described, including classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and the Tour of the Vanoise as well as new multi-day routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps, this guide celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned.The eight talented... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2011
  • Trekking in the Alps
  • An inspirational guide to the delights of Alpine multi-day hikes. With 20 hikes described, including classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc and the Tour of the Vanoise as well as new multi-day routes like the Traverse of the Slovenian Alps, this guide celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which the Alps are renowned.The eight talented... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Trekking in the Alps | Cicerone
  • An inspirational guidebook to 20 classic treks in the Alps. As well as introducing new hiking areas in the Alps, classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt are included. Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying, and this book celebrates the rich and scenic diversity for which this great mountain range is renowned. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
  • Wandelgids 265 Vogesen - Durchquerung: GR53 GR5 | Rother Bergverlag
  • In 37 etappes over de Lange Astands Wandelingen GR 53, GR 5 en GR 531 van Wissembourg naar Giromagny en Masevaux door de prachtige Vogezen. Goed alternatief voor de langverwachte maar nog steeds niet uitgekomen Crete des Vosges wandelgids van FFRP. Duitse samenvatting: Die Vogesen sind nicht nur eines der urwüchsigsten Mittelgebirge in unseren... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
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Maps

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  • Luxembourg North
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
Stanfords
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  • Luxembourg South
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Autour du Thabor: Modane - Bardonecchia - Briançon
  • Mont Thabor area at 1:50,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Editions Didier Richard in their series of walking maps of French Alps and other popular hiking regions of south-eastern France. Coverage extends from Modane in the north to Briançon in the south-east, and west to Valloire.The base map with cartography from the IGN has... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nice - Menton - PN du Mercantour IGN TOP100 165
  • Discover the new double-sided laminated edition of TOP100 road maps of France from the Institut Géographique National (IGN); exceptionally detailed, contoured road maps which include the cycle paths and greenways of the AF3V (French Association for the Development of Cycle Paths and Greenways), ideal for exploring the French countryside by car,... Read more
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  • Mercantour & Alpi-Marittime Didier Richard 07
  • Mercantour National Park and the Maritime Alps on a large, double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map from Editions Didier Richard highlighting local walking trails and long-distance hiking routes including the GR5. Coverage extends from well north of Col de Larch to Sospel, Levens and Roquestéron in the mountains north of the French... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 07 Mercantour & Alpi-Maritieme | Didier Richard
  • Mercantour National Park and the Maritime Alps on a large, double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map from Editions Didier Richard highlighting local walking trails and long-distance hiking routes including the GR5. Coverage extends from well north of Col de Larch to Sospel, Levens and Roquestéron in the mountains north of the French... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • Vanoise National Park - Beaufortain Didier Richard 04
  • Vanoise National Park and the Beaufortain Massif in the French Alps at 1:60,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Didier Richard with a base derived from IGN’s topographic survey, highlighting both local hiking routes and the GR network of long-distance paths, gîtes and mountain refuges, interesting natural and cultural sites, etc. The... Read more
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  • Alsace - Mulhouse - Basel - Altkirch K+F Outdoor Map 2
  • The southern part of Alsace around Mulhouse and Guebwiller on a GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycling routes, sites for other recreational activities, various accommodation options, restaurants and ferme-auberge... Read more
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  • Alsace - Colmar - Sélestat - Freiburg im Breisgau - Lahr K+F Outdoor Map 5
  • The central part of Alsace around Colmar and Sélestat on a GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycling routes, sites for other recreational activities, various accommodation options, restaurants and ferme-auberge locations,... Read more
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  • Alsace - Strasbourg - Saverne - Barr - Offenburg K+F Outdoor Map 7
  • The central part of Alsace around Strasbourg and Saverne on a GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycling routes, sites for other recreational activities, various accommodation options, restaurants and ferme-auberge... Read more
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