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

Trails in this region

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rheinhessen – Nahe – Nordpfalzer Bergland Kompass 831
  • Rheinhessen – Nahe – Nordpfälzer Bergland (No. 831), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • GR654 Sentier St-Jacques: Perigueux - Roncevaux FFRP Topo-guide No. 6543
  • Sentier St-Jacques: Perigueux - Roncevaux, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 6543, covering the second part of the Way of St James route along the GR654 which starts in Vézelay, the section from Perigueux to the Pyrenees. Also covered is an eastern route from Bergerac to Montréal-de-Gers. Current edition of this title was published in June 2014.ABOUT THE... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhön 2-Map Set Kompass 460
  • Rhön region of central Germany, straddling the borders between Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia, in a set of two detailed, contoured and GPS compatible maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series covering... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Reading & Windsor - Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell OS Landranger Map 175 (paper)
  • Reading – Windsor area, including a section of the Thames Path / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 175 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Isarwinkel - Bad Tölz - Lenggries Kompass 182
  • Isarwinkel - Bad Tölz - Lenggries area of the Bavarian Alps on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick & Banbury OS Landranger Map 151 (paper)
  • The area between Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Banbury, including the northern part of the Cotswold Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 151 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ipswich, The Naze & Clacton-on-Sea OS Landranger Map 169 (paper)
  • Ipswich with Harwich and The Naze area, including part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 169 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Silvretta - Verwallgruppe Kompass 41
  • Silvretta - Verwallgruppe area of the Austrian Alps on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of Germany and the Slovenian Alps. Kompass are Europe’s... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Grenoble - Chamrousse - Belledonne IGN 3335OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bremerhaven - Cuxhaven Kompass 400
  • Bremerhaven - Cuxhaven (No. 400), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of Germany... Read more
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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Canterbury, East Kent, Dover & Margate OS Landranger Map 179 (paper)
  • Eastern Kent with Canterbury, Dover and Margate, including sections of the North Downs Way and the E2 and E9 European Long-Distance Paths, on a paper version of map No. 179 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Starnberger See - Ammersee Kompass 180
  • Starnberger See - Ammersee area of Bavaria, map no. 180, a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valsugana - Trento - Piné - Levico - Lavarone Kompass 75
  • Valsugana - Trento - Piné - Levico – Lavarone area of southern Dolomites on a GPS compatible hiking and recreational map at 1:50,000 from Kompass, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. On the reverse is a panorama of the Trentino region, extending from Monte Baldo and the northern part of Lake Garda northwards to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Freudenstadt - Baiersbronn - Simmersfeld - Lossburg - Alpirsbach Kompass 878
  • Bad Freudenstadt - Baiersbronn - Simmersfeld - Loßburg area of northern Black Forest on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Totes Gebirge - Almtal - Stodertal Kompass 19
  • Almtal - Stodertal -Totes Gebirge (No. 19), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 19 Totes Gebirge | Kompass
  • Almtal - Stodertal -Totes Gebirge (No. 19), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lake Constance to Verona - E5 European Long-Distance Trail Kompass 2558
  • The 601km eastern half of Europe’s E5 long distance footpaths from Lake Constance across the Austrian Alps to Verona on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible concertina map from Kompass presenting the route on 40 panels, each 17.5x20cm. Plus accommodations recommendations and street plans.The route is highlighted on maps... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luneburg Heath Kompass 718
  • Lüneburger Heide area of northern Germany on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Portes du Soleil Freeride Map
  • The best rides in the freeride hot spots of the Alps – this is the simple formula of the Freeride Maps. The first map available to freeriders is making the locals freeride knowledge available to a broad public.All ridable slopes, drops and couloirs are marked as freeride corridors in different colours for three difficulty ratings: blue for... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wölzer Tauern - NP Sölktal - Rottenmanner Tauern F&B WK203
  • Wölzer Tauern - Sölktal - Rottenmanner Tauern 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nuremberg Land - Hersbrucker Alb Komapss 172
  • Hersbrucker Land in der Frankenalb area of northern Bavaria, just east of Nuremburg, on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stubai Alps Kompass 83
  • Stubai Alps (No. 83), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. This title has on the reverse an additional panorama map of the region.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mont Blanc Pocket Map Edition Didier Richard
  • Mont Blanc Mini Map at 1:50,000 from Editions Didier Richard covering the whole of the Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB) on a double-sided, contoured, GPS compatible hiking map from with both local hiking paths and other long-distance GR routes. The base map, derived from IGN’s topographic survey, has contours at 50m intervals enhanced by shading and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Georgen - Triberg - South Black Forest NP Kompass 885
  • St. Georgen - Triberg area of southern Black Forest on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series covering... Read more
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