Day hikes in Europe
What are the best hikes in Europe? It’s a difficult question to answer. Europe has over 40 countries. There are a full 10 major mountain ranges, which, alongside the 100 minor mountain ranges on the continent make up around 20% of Europe. That’s a whole lot of mountains, lakes, and trails to choose from. So, why we can’t cover them all we can list a few for you to think about.
1. Kröndlhorn, Kitzbüheler Alpen
Austria is one of the best countries for picturesque hikes in Europe. There are many beautiful small towns nestled in the mountains that are easily accessible by train. . Kröndlhorn, Kitzbüheler Alpen. In summer as in winter, the Kröndlhorn is a long but very rewarding tour destination. The view of the ice giants of the Hohe Tauern and the Zillertal Alps is unparalleled.
Plan for a full day for this hike. From the center of Westendorf, take the Dorfstraße towards the golf course and follow the winding road for about 8 km. In Rettenbach cross the bridge and then turn left at the toll booth. Drive along the first asphalted and later unpaved toll road for the next almost 16 km past the Gamskogelhütte mountain inn to either the Foisching or Krumbach car park and park your vehicle there.
2. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Männlichen has always been one of the better hikes in Lauterbrunnen although there are multiple ones to choose from. From Wengen take the upper trail via the Eiger Ultra Trail, where the full hike (4.9 km) takes roughly 2-hours past some of the best scenery you’ll see in Europe.
However, this route is steep, and narrow, and may not be the best hike for beginners (the downhill option is better here).
Männlichen is one of the newer cable car routes to be included on the Jungfrau Travel Pass as a stop between Grindelwald, Wengen, and Grund, and it’s possible to just start at Männlichen Cable Car Stop for the final stretch known as The Männlichen Royal Walk.
More info: https://www.maennlichen.ch/en/
How to get there by train: There are several local and international trains to nearby Interlaken. Take the private (Eurail Pass is not valid) narrow-gauge train from Interlaken Ost up the Lauterbrunnen valley.
3.Garmisch-Partenkirchen Kainzenbad Partnachklamm Loop
This one is almost literally in my backyard. The trail is a 6.2 miles and takes approximately 3 1/2 hours. It is located near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany and it features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. If you get to the gorge before 8:00 AM there is no charge to enter. The entrance is easily accessible from the train station or buses.
The Partnach Gorge is probably the most visited gorge in Germany . Over 350,000 visitors come to this gorge every year. It is open all year round ! And, one really unique thing is that they even have torchlight tours at night.
A large part of the actual Partnachklamm hike runs through a tunnel that was cut into the rock. This has the advantage that you can also go on a winter hike here. While other gorges are closed in winter due to falling rocks and alpine hazards, you can also hike through the gorge in Garmisch Partenkirchen in winter.
How to get there by train: Take a train from Ljubljana to Lake Bled. Regular buses run from Bled to Bohinj throughout the day, and a one-way bus ride takes about 40 minutes.
4. MOUNT TRIGLAV, SLOVENIA
Slovenians love climbing this mountain, and so will you if you are visiting this this country. There are two ways to access the 9400 foot summit, both challenging, and both relying on via ferratas, or fixed cables, to help climbers along the narrow paths. Check out the route from charming Lake Bled that rests en route at Kredarica hut, the highest in Slovenia
Lake Bled is a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. The area is a tourist destination. The lake is 35 km from Ljubljana International Airport and 55 km from the capital city, Ljubljana. Which is a great city to visit.
How to get there:: There are direct buses from Ljubljana.
5. Stavanger, Norway
For extreme variations in the scenery in one stunning place, Norway fits the bill. There are many short hikes across the country. But her most famous short hike is Pulpit Rock which breathtaking views for those not afraid of heights. TPulpit Rock attracts thousands of tourists every year. To get there, you have to travel by ferry and bus from the nearest town. The hike is just a short two to four hour walk and shouldn’t be missed.
More info: www.visitnorway.com
How to get there: From Stavanger Station, catch a bus to Pulpit – all the trips include a ferry connection.
If you are going on a tourist adventure like this it never hurts to have travel insurance. I recommend World Nomads to make sure you are covered if something unexpectedly happens.
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