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The Ultimate Europe Hiking Trails Bucket List

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Ever since I walked the Overland Track in Tasmania and the “W” track in Patagonia in the same year, I’ve been thinking a lot more about hikes I need to try out in my lifetime. With a few more booked for the coming year, I thought I’d put together a complete bucket list of the best Europe Hiking Trails so that I’m inspired to tick some off on my spring time Europe adventures in the New Year. So… here they are!

PLITVICE LAKES

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Located in Croatia only a short distance away from the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Plitvice Lakes National Park offers many great hikes for visitors looking to explore the area. Although only a day is required, the park is incredibly popular with up to 10,000 on a busy day. There are accommodation offerings, making it a great place to stopover for a day or two on your travels.

Length: varies

TROLLTUNGA

Trolltunga, Norway

Although merely a day hike, many visitors to Trolltunga don’t initially realise the length of the hike when coming to see the iconic rock that creeps out over the lake and mountain range below. Be sure to come prepared with suitable walking shoes and plenty of water as this is still quite a strenuous hike, if only 13.6 miles in length.

Length: 13.6 miles

Amalfi Coast Trail

Amalfi Coastal Trail, Italy

Though not a long hiking route, the Amalfi Coast offers some great scenery along the coast of Italy between towns such as Agerola and Positano and even venturing over to Capri by ferry for even more hiking trails. There’s plenty to explore, see and do in the Amalfi Coast, so be sure to spend at least a week here getting to know the area and walking a reasonable distance each day.

Length: up to 6 miles per day

West highland way

West Highland Way, Scotland

If you want to see Scotland the right way, you’ve gotta do it by land and as this is Scotland’s most popular hike that covers quite a lot of ground, this is the way to do it. The trail begins just outside of Glasgow, making this a great point to start your journey before the hike begins. Walk highlights include Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, the Devil’s Stairway and ending in Fort William – the gateway to the Jacobite Steam Train (the real life Hogwarts Express for all ye Harry fans!)

Length: 96 miles

Jungfrau, Switzerland

Jungfrau, Switzerland

There are a number of hiking trails on offer in the Swiss Alps and Jungfrau offers four differing trails depending on your fitness level. Should you be willing (and of course able), there’s even a marathon trail!

Length: Varies

France

Alsace Wine Route, France

What better way to combine your love of 1) hiking and 2) wine, than to walk from point to point with a celebratory glass to keep the enthusiasm high. The villages along the route are incredibly ethereal, with vivid colours and unique eastern France architecture. Should you walk the trail in October, there are a range of festivals in the region through this time. Spring is also pleasant (around April) with cooler climates but still plenty of sunshine.

Length: 106 miles

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre Coastal Route, Italy

You’ve no doubt heard about Cinque Terre as it is hands down one of the most talked about locations in Europe right now! What many do not know is that the name is in reference to an area, a collection of small towns and villages on the coast of Italy. Visiting the area is also a great chance to walk the coastal route between the towns which would have to offer some of the best coastal scenery in all of Europe! This is also an incredibly short walk between 5 villages and can be done in a day, but better to be done over 2-3 to enjoy the towns visited. (photograph: Faye Bullock)

Length: 6 miles

Black Forest

Black Forrest, Germany

The black forrest is for sure one of he most scenic and mesmerising areas of Germany. Thankfully, it also offers plenty of hiking trails and has long attracted visitors for this purpose alone! Hikes can reach up to 124 miles, but there are so many to choose from at various lengths and capabilities, so there’s certainly something for everyone. And the scenery? Just stunning.

Length: varies

Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, France

As the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc is understandably one of the most popular hikes in all of the continent. Hikers don’t need to summit in order to enjoy the hike, as there are many routes on offer for a variety of fitness levels. Due to the length of the trail there are substantial accommodation offerings along the way, including high end resorts right through to backpacker hostels. (Image: Rei.com)

Length: 105 miles

Iceland hiking trails

Laugavegurinn, Iceland

Known as Laugavegurinn in Icelandic and “The Hot Spring Route” in English, this is one of Iceland’s most popular walking trails. Although hot springs feature, this route offers so much more – including active volcanoes, glaciers and a splash of contrasting colours between the rolling green valleys and bright skies. There are six huts throughout the journey making this a comfortable hike with good facilities. (image: Henry Wismayer via WSJ.com)

Length: 34 miles

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    Giselle
    March 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Croatia looks so beautiful.

  • gabrielle.smith2239@gmail.com'
    Gabrielle Smith
    February 27, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Hello! I really enjoyed your post and I had a question. When you hike and they are longer hikes do you do them solo or do you go with group?

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    Heather K
    February 24, 2016 at 10:44 am

    So beautiful! I’ve only done one of these hikes but I’m definitely keen to do all of them!

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    Anna Szoke
    January 6, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Such an impressive list, it reminds me how much I miss hiking. I see you love mountains just like me. (Unfortunately the Netherlands is not so famous of it’s mountains ;P ) I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but High Tatras in Slovakia are also offering some incredible hiking routes that worth the effort.:)

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    Liesbet
    December 27, 2015 at 12:01 am

    You should also check out the ‘GR 20’, in Corsica, France!!
    This is about 200km across the mountains on the island and really amazing!

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    Elise
    December 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I hope you visit and write about my beautiful country Norway, this year!

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    travel holidays
    December 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    That is an awesome list to travel Europe. I enjoy this post.

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    Britt
    December 25, 2015 at 12:59 am

    This is an awesome list. I’m bookmarking this for this year when I’m in Europe (I’m currently in Europe for the next 10 months). Plitvice Lakes, Jungfrau, Cinque Terre and Amalfi are already on my list!

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    The Untourists
    December 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    We have never hiked in Europe and all of these look so interesting. Have you hiked in India?

  • danny@thedustycompass.com'
    Danny
    December 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

    What a great post! I spent some time outdoors this summer in northeast Germany along the Baltic Coast. If you’re ever looking for something a bit more out of the way, I can definitely recommend hiking on the German island of Rügen. The white chalk cliffs set against the turquoise blue water are absolutely stunning!

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    KarolinaPatryk
    December 23, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Stunning photos and awesome places! You should add Bieszczady Mountains in Poland to this list, though ;).

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    Somdatta Deb
    December 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I did hiking in Plitvice and want to visit again. Trolltunga, Norway is in my bucket list too. I dream that I am standing on that rock.

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    Ellen
    December 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    The trolltunga might seems short, it’s quite steep and pending on the time of the year there can be lots of shifting ice patches along the way. But it’s really worth it. Another great one in Scandinavia is the Kungsleden (these days more know as the fjällraven-track) in the north of Sweden 🙂

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    Siân
    December 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Great list and I loved hiking the W too! Jungfrau and the Alsace Wine route trails are definitely on my list. I’d also recommend adding the following two routes; Picos de Europa in northern Spain and also the Thames Towpath. The latter is a great route for anyone living in London/surrounding area who wants to do long day walks (can easily do a 15-20 mile section in a day) but can’t commit to a longer trip away.

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    Julius @ Traveltipy
    December 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

    There are much more amazing hiking trails in Europe. What about adding one from Slovak Paradise National Park? It is a nature at its best! But do not go there, if you are scared of real hiking! 🙂

    Read my story about Velky Sokol gorge here

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    Charlotte Bax
    December 21, 2015 at 3:26 am

    What a lovely article! I’m planning a hike in Norway this summer so I’ll definitely keep the Trolltunga trail in mind 🙂 Thank you!

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    RIKKE
    December 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I think Norway is the most beautiful and stunning place on earth, probably because I am a Norwegian. Anyhow, there are so many magnificient places to go hiking in this country, and i recommend Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway, where you need to pass a glacier to get to. The roof of Norway is amazing!

    I am dreaming of visiting Scotland, Ireland and Iceland – so much greens and mystique!

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    What a great list!!! Norway surely must be wonderful!

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    Poshnessary
    December 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    wow great trails. love the post

    Kisses from ❤

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    Kenza
    December 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I already did the one in Switzerland, it really is breathtaking !

    Looking forward for your next posts 🙂

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    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I totally agree with you about the Jungfrau, the entire region is absolutely stunning and perfecting for hiking!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • vivi.hekman@gmail.com'
    Aviv
    December 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    My friends and are planning on doing the Mont Blanc trail in August!
    But only half of it though because two weeks is a bit hardcore 😉

  • alejandra@the-wham.com'
    Alejandra
    December 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Jungfrau looks stunning! As someone said, I would also add Preikestolen. It’s an easy hike with a breathtaking view! Also geirangerfjord, it’s out of a fairy tale 🙂

    Ale | http://www.the-wham.com

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    BooksAndTrips
    December 20, 2015 at 8:19 am

    That’s an amazing bucket list, hiking is a great way to see new places, enjoy slow travel and get some exercise!

    Speaking of European hikes, I would also recommend the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, there are so many wonderful views and amazing trails. Also, Romania is quite off the beaten path, still rather cheap, people speak English and are very friendly!

    I went to the Zarnesti Canyon recently, had a wonderful time and wrote about it here

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    Aleksandra
    December 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    You should check out 66 lakes trail that goes around Berlin

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    Anette
    December 20, 2015 at 8:06 am

    While in Norway, you should try the beautiful Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), which is not that far from Trolltunga 🙂

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    Dean
    December 20, 2015 at 8:01 am

    While not in Europe you should also do the Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) in Oahu, Hawaii.

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      December 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

      I just looked it up! woweeeee looks unreal!!

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    Rena
    December 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

    The black forest route in Germany is really a good tip and I think also the other routes you share here are simply a dream to hike!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com