Let’s be honest, we all love a good walk. But many people love walking so much that their summer (or winter) vacation consists of taking a hefty hike through the mountains, through forests, and through designated routes and trails that have been marked out for hardcore walkers. There are so many famous hikes across the world, including the Inca Trail, the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim hike, the Appalachian Trail, the Torres del Paine trail and more. But if you’re looking for something extra special, the Alpe-Adria Trail is truly breathtaking.
The Alpa-Adria Trail is a relatively new addition to the worldwide trail routes list – but has already stolen the record for the longest hiking route in Europe (what more could you want?) The 750 km trail takes you from the bottom of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, through Slovenia, until you reach the Adriatic Coast in Italy. The trail will take you around 37 days to complete, although there is the option to take a smaller, circular route which will take you just 7 days. But where’s the fun in that? Hiking experts suggest that you divide the trail into daily targets, and cover 20 km a day. This gives you the chance to really pace yourself and see what the trail has to offer – because the views really are something else. If you’re looking to tackle the Alpe-Adria Trail, there are certain landmarks that you just have to take in. So here’s a few of them:
Pasterze Glacier – Austria
I mean, can you really say you’ve walked the Alpe-Adria Trail if you don’t see at least one glacier? The Pasterze Glacier is perhaps one of the most impressive. This glacier is officially the longest-running glacier within the Eastern Alps and is truly a sight to behold. The Alpe-Adria Trail takes you above and alongside the impressive glacier – and considering it’s so long, you won’t lose sight of it too quickly! A definite photo-opportunity.
Soca Trail – Slovenia
There’s no denying that Slovenia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth – and is definitely worth stopping to see what it has to offer. Luckily, the Soca Trail within the Alpe-Adria Trail takes you through some of the most breathtaking areas of the Slovenian mountains. You’ll pass rocky crevices, ancient towns, crystal clear rivers, dense forests and more. It’s the perfect mix of nature and civilization – to give you a true insight into the Slovenian way of life.
Brda region – Slovenia
Of course, there’s so much more to explore in Slovenia. The Brda region is like walking into the south of France. With rolling hills of green grape trees, vines, and steeples churches, this region is a lot quieter than the rest of the country. Many hikers often choose to stop off here for the night and partake in a little wine tasting to top off the evening. The best place to do this? In an old castle, of course!
Trieste-Hrpelje Narrow Gauge Railway – Italy
No, you don’t need to cheat and hop on a train, don’t worry. The Alpe-Adria Trail takes its walkers alongside the old railway tracks. You’ll be able to follow the tracks, walk inside the tunnels, check out the beautiful houses in the town of Bottazzo, follow the flowing water to the water mills and truly take in the incredible Val Rosandra landscape. If you fancy a little detour, you can even take a break and grab a taxi to the seaside. The incredible harbor towns at this stage are full to the brim with fishing boats, quaint little restaurants and homely bed and breakfasts’ to lay your head.
Are you looking to embark on your next walking adventure? Why not try out the Alpe-Adria Trail?