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

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Livres

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Via Ferratas of the French Alps
  • This guidebook covers 66 varied via ferratas in the French Alps. The routes are spread over six areas: Geneva and the Northern Alps, Chambéry, Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, Grenoble and Briançon, amid the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras ranges. Difficulty ranges from easy, protected routes through to exposed, technical challenges. Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • French Alps - Via Ferratas - 66 Routes Between Geneva and Briançon
  • Via Ferratas of the French Alps by Cicerone covers 66 varied routes across six areas: Geneva and the Northern Alps, Chambéry, Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, Grenoble and Briançon, amid the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras ranges. Difficulty ranges from easy, protected routes through to exposed, technical challenges. The routes in this... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • Canyoning in the Alps
  • A guidebook to the best canyoning descents in the alps of northern Italy and Ticino (Switzerland), with additional routes in Austria, Slovenia and the Valais Alps. Routes are split into seven separate grades, for beginners through to experts. Includes comprehensive information on equipment, hazards and techniques. Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Canyoning in the Alps: Northern Italy and Ticino
  • Canyoning in the Alps: Northern Italy and Ticino from Cicerone Press with 90 celebrated descents presented with descriptions and detailed diagrams, plus a comprehensive introductory section and appendices with further information.The guide covers five areas, each presented on an overview map showing locations of the individual routes:- 13 in... Lire la suite
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Alpine Flowers
  • A pocket field guidebook for identifying 230 of the most commonly found alpine flowers of the Alps. Categorised by colour for quick identification, each alpine flower has a photograph and description of its key features. Flower names are given in English, French, German, Italian and Latin, with notes on curious facts and origins of names. Lire la suite
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • The GR5 Trail - Benelux and Lorraine
  • 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. Lire la suite
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • Alpine Ski Mountaineering Vol 1 - Western Alps
  • This guidebook describes the finest high-level ski tours and ski mountaineering routes in the Western Alps in areas as diverse as the Ecrins, Vanoise, Haute Maurienne, Gran Paradiso, Mont Blanc, Valais and Urner Alps. Includes the classic Haute Route, the ski mountaineering traverse through the Alps between Chamonix and Zermatt. Lire la suite
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Walking in the Briançonnais
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Handige duidelijke wandelgids van een mooi wandelgebied. De routes zijn accuraat beschreven met praktische informatie erbij. Kaartmateriaal is redelijk, soms wat schetsmatig. In berggebieden zijn wandelkaarten wel belangrijk! Bij de routes worden de juiste kaartnummers gegeven. This guidebook presents 40 walks exploring the area around Briançon... Lire la suite
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2013
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • This book is a moving collection of 75 autobiographical short stories from prolific outdoors writer Kev Reynolds, an insight into a lifetime of mountain travel and adventure. These tales are spread across the Moroccan Atlas, Pyrenees, European Alps, Himalaya amongst other destinations, and will leave you by turns amused, reflective and inspired. Lire la suite
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Alpine Ski Mountaineering Vol 2 - Central and Eastern Alps
  • This guidebook describes 11 multi-day Alpine ski tours and ski mountaineering routes in the central and eastern Alps, covering hut-to-hut trails in the Bernese, Urner, Albula Alps as well as the Tour Soleil and classic tours through the Bernina, Silvretta, Otztal, Stubai and Ortler. Skiing, mountaineering and navigational skills are all necessary. Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Les Portes du Soleil à pied FFRP Topo-guide No. ST03
  • Les Portes du Soleil à pied, FFRP topo-guide ref. no. ST03, one of the titles in an extensive series of light, A5-size, high quality paperback guides published by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre in association with local authorities, ramblers’ clubs, etc. The guides have *colour extracts from the French topographic survey at... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory
  • Doubling Back is a fascinating and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others. In 1952 Linda Cracknell`s father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps. Fifty years later Linda retraces that fateful journey, following the trail of the man she barely knew. This collection of walking tales takes its theme from that pilgrimage. The... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: IGN Hiking, Cycling & Other Recreational Maps
  • The remaining currently available titles from the various series of hiking, cycling and outdoor leisure maps of France published by IGN in cooperation with local tourist authorities and other organizations.Over the years IGN has published many hiking, cycling and other recreational maps as part of various series which have either been gradually... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wild France
  • The romance of France lies deep in the hearts of travellers from Britain. Normandy, Provence, the Loire and the Camargue - such names have an instant magic, and all are represented, along with over 50 other exploration zones, in Wild France, a comprehensive guide to the country`s most out-of-the-way places. `Friends smiled knowingly when I told... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Munich & the Bavarian Alps
  • The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Munich & the Bavarian Alps will lead you straight to the best attractions Munich has to offer. The guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of Munich stunning architecture, and 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot. You`ll find detailed listings of the best hotels,... Lire la suite
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Cartes

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hohe Wand - Schneeberg - Biedermeiertal - Gutenstein F&B WK5012
  • Hohe Wand - Schneeberg - Biedermeiertal - Gutenstein area of eastern Austria presented at 1:35,000 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. Cartography is an enlargement of the... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur F&B WK041
  • Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Matrei - Deferggen - Virgental F&B WK123
  • 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Zell am See - Kaprun - Saalbach F&B WK382
  • Zell-am-See - Kaprun - Saalbach 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Grossglockner - Sonnblick - Kaprun - Zell am See F&B WK120
  • Grossglockner - Sonnblick - Kaprun - Zell am See 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Central Rhodopes / Rodopi Geopsis 132
  • Central Rhodopes Mountains on the border of north-eastern Greece and Bulgaria on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from Geopsis highlighting nine recommended hiking trails and the local section of the E6 cross-Europe long-distance route. All place names are in both Greek and Latin alphabet, with several villages... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Grossvenediger - Hohe Tauern NP - Krimml - Mittersill Freytag & Berndt Map
  • Grossvenediger - Hohe Tauern NP - Krimml - Mittersill area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:35,000 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. Cartography is an enlargement of... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hinterer Bregenzerwald - Kleinwalsertal - Damüls F&B
  • Hinterer Bregenzwald - Kleines Walsertal - Damüls area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:35,000 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. Cartography is an enlargement of the... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eisenwurzen - Steyr - Waidhofen a.d. Ybbs - Hochkar F&B
  • Eisenwurzen - Steyr - Waidhofen a.d. Ybbs – Hochkar 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze F&B WK251
  • Ötztal - Pitztal - Kaunertal - Wildspitze 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... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eastern Rhodopes / Rodopi Geopsis 131
  • Eastern Rhodopes Mountains on the border of north-eastern Greece and Bulgaria on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map from Geopsis highlighting nine recommended hiking trails and the local section of the E6 cross-Europe long-distance route. All place names are in both Greek and Latin alphabet, with several villages... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arlberg - Lech - St. Anton am Arlberg - Verwallgruppe F&B WK5504
  • Arlberg - Lech - St. Anton am Arlberg - Verwallgruppe area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:35,000 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. Cartography is an enlargement of... Lire la suite
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Bad Hindelang
  • Een winterweek in de lieflijke Beierse Allgäu. Dagelijks doe je een winterse activiteit naar keuze: langlaufen naar de Vilsalpsee, sneeuwwandelen naar het Tiefenbacher Eck, rodelen vanaf de Imbergerhorn, winterwandelen naar de Hirsch Alpe en voor de liefhebbers skiën in Oberjoch op de hellingen van de Iseler. Alle bussen zijn gratis! Je auto... Lire la suite
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Bad Hindelang
  • Bergwandelen in het meest milieuvriendelijke dal van de Duitse Alpen in de Allgäu. Terwijl de koeien ontspannen door de bergen lopen met hun mooie klokkenorkest, pauzeer je even op een weiland vol bloemen. Je ademt de heerlijk frisse lucht in en geniet van het verrassende uitzicht van glooiende loofbossen en grillige bergtoppen. Misschien spot... Lire la suite
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Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 North
  • Self-guided walking tour along the classic long-distance trail Alta Via 1. Trek the most popular northern half of the ‘High Route 1’, covering around 70km over one week on good trails that are well way-marked, passing glowing peaks, shady forests and rolling pastures. The full north-south trail begins in the Italian Sudtirol and ends some 140km... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Via Francigena: Stage 7: San Quirico-Montefiascone
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through Tuscany and Lazio. Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley Walking Tour
  • A self guided walking holiday in Switzerland's Engadine Valley. An easy walking tour through the beautiful Engadine Valley, visiting Switzerland’s first and only National Park, St. Moritz and the pretty alpine village of Pontresina. The alpine valley of the Engadine offers the perfect introduction to easy walking in Switzerland. Explore... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic
  • Self-guided trek, walking 8 days on the Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. Our Classic Alta Via 1 tour covers the majority of this flag-ship trek over 8 walking days. Hike from beautiful Lake Braies through the east Italian Alps to finish just before Passo Duran, where the trail turns wilder and more remote. This version of the Alta Via... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Mercantour
  • Met de ezel als lastdier volg je de rivier de Var door het Nationaal Parc du Mercantour, het meest ongerepte deel van de Alpes Maritimes. Met je langorige viervoeter krijgt deze bergtrektocht een extra dimensie. Begeleid door het gefluit van Alpenmarmotten heb je zicht op 3000 m hoge bergen, gletsjerdalen en een bergmeer. Bij de lokale... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zwitserland - Berner Oberland
  • Het mooiste berglandschap van de Alpen ligt ontegenzeggelijk in het Zwitserse Berner Oberland. U maakt een trektocht vanuit Kiental over de Bärenweg, met bijna dagelijks de keuze tussen een lichtere of zwaardere tocht, door het hoogalpiene landschap van het rustige, westelijke deel van het Berner Oberland. U overnacht in eenvoudige berghotels... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Glacier Express Rail and Hike
  • Ride the world Glacier Express panoramic journey through the Swiss alps and explore the Engadine and Zermatt on foot. Cross the Swiss Alps on the famous Glacier Express, a direct train from St Moritz to Zermatt; considered one of the most stunning rail journeys of the world. Get closer to the typical wooden chalets and sounds of Alpine cow... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Queyras
  • Bergwandelen in een ongerepte berggebied op de grens met Italië. Vanwege de (bijna) altijd schijnende zon, de heldere lucht en het fraaie boombeeld van de lariksen is het landschap van betoverende schoonheid. Vanwege de hooggelegen overnachtingsplekken zijn de stille topregionen van dit rijke natuurpark binnen ieders bereik. De bloemenrijkdom... Lire la suite
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Queyras
  • Bergwandelen in het meest ongerepte berggebied van de Franse Alpen, met op de achtergrond het geluid van fluitende alpenmarmotten. De fraaie en stille bergtoppen van dit rijke natuurpark liggen aan je voeten, met wellicht een ontmoeting met één van de vele gemzen die hier leven. Naar keuze loop je de reis in het gezelschap van een ezel, of je... Lire la suite
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Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Bernese Oberland: The Bear Trail Short Break
  • A short break walking adventure exploring the highlights of the Bernese Oberland. Walk beneath the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau as you explore the Bernese Oberland. Wengen, Grindelwald and Meiringen are your stops on the Bear Trail. This is one of Switzerland’s most popular trails, packed highlights as you walk the Kleine and Grosse Scheidegg, and... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Japan - Japanse Alpen en Hokkaido
  • Van modern tot shintoïsme, van ruige kusten tot gemanicuurde kasteeltuinen en van de Japanse Alpen op Honshu tot Japan’s laatste wildernis op het noordelijke eiland Hokkaido. Japan is en blijft een land van contrasten. De nieuwe individuele Japan wandel- en cultuurreis voert je langs alpiene flora, herfstkleuren en weidse uitzichten. Met... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Via Francigena: Final Stage - Montefiascone to Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour following the final stage of the Via Francigena through Umbria and Lazio. The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Ecrins
  • Aan de zuidkant van de Franse Alpen, op een zonnig plateau tegen de grens van het nationaal park Les Ecrins, ligt in het bergdorp Champcella de herberg La Bergerie. Deze wordt sinds 1994 beheerd door Jos en Karin. Zij kennen de streek als geen ander en staan je met raad en daad terzijde. Een huiselijke sfeer, het knapperende haardvuur en een... Lire la suite
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Ecrins
  • Ontdek de speeltuin van het hooggebergte tijdens een spetterende outdoor week. Gedraag je als echte berggeit met rotsklimmen, abseilen en via ferrata. Voor de waterratten is er 'wildwater', waarbij je gaat raften en canyoningen. In een week zijn er 4 actiedagen (of 3 bij de Via Ferrataweek). Zo is er ook tijd om zelf wat te ondernemen, te... Lire la suite
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Ecrins
  • Unieke doorsteek van noord naar zuid door het Massif des Ecrins, een ruig maar zonnig gebergte en tevens Nationaal Park. Elke dag beklim je, met zicht op vergletsjerde toppen, een bergpas van meer dan 2000m hoogte, om na de afdaling, in een sfeervol berghotelletje met een lekker maal, bij te komen van de inspanningen. Bagagevervoer is mogelijk. Lire la suite
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zwitserland - Braunwald
  • U bent een week te gast in een zeer rustig gelegen en gastvrij familiehotel met prachtig uitzicht over het kanton Glarus. Er is een aantal zeer gevarieerde, niet al te zware, wandelingen voor u uitgezet door het parkachtige landschap rond het autovrije dorp Braunwald, dat een uitbundige bloemenpracht en schitterende herfstkleuren kent. De... Lire la suite
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Lire la suite
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  • Joost Callens² 2015-10-26 11:35:48
  • GR routes ook in Algarve Portugal ??
  • Okt 2015 waren we in Algarve We zagen nieuwe wegwijzers in Algarve en Alentejo met GR15 op. Maar geen enkel toerismebureau of gespecialiseerde boekhandel wist iets v gids hierover of detailkaartjes enz. Iemand ??
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