15 Beautiful Hiking Trails in Europe

15 Beautiful Hiking Trails in Europe

15 Beautiful Hiking Trails in Europe - The Overseas Escape

Day hikes to long distance trails, these bucket list-worthy routes are filled with views, lakes, villages and oftentimes – wine! Some of the best hiking trails in Europe, good luck picking your favorite! (For me, I think it’s #15 that has my heart!)

1 | Amalfi coastal trail, Italy

High on the ridge-line about the steep cliffs multiple trails run the length of the peninsula. Prepare for steps, steps and more steps as well as jaw-dropping coastal views. (above)

2 |  Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

With 16 lakes arranged in a cascading waterfall, it’s no wonder this park has become world-famous. Vibrant blues to deep greens, the colors of the lakes change constantly based on the minerals and organisms in the water. Dozens of trails run throughout the park.

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3 | Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Spain

Running nearly the length of northern Spain, this trail winds its way through villages and rolling Spanish countryside. A passage dating back centuries, numerous guest houses and roadside wine stands are en route. [Note: Long Distance]

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4 | Jungfrau, Switzerland

Snowy peaks and bright green meadows, the Bernese Overland is filled with everything from day hikes to multi-week adventures.

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5 | Preikestolen, Norway

The hugely popular site is a Scandinavian favorite.The two hour hike is a breeze compared to the dizzying 2,000 foot (604 M) drop from the plateau at the top.

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6 | Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

With lakes and peaks, the dramatic alpine landscape is easily accessible from Munich. It was here that famous opening sequence from The Sound of Music were filmed.

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7 | Alsace Wine Route, France

The ideal mix of wine and walking, the route (done on foot or by bike) meanders its way North-South in France’s charming wine region of Alsace. The perfect balance of gently rolling hills and zillions of vineyards.

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8 | Liechtensteinklamm, Austria

Apart from the heap of offerings in the Austrian Alps nearby, the unique trail floats high above a deep alpine gorge.

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9 | Tour du Mont Blanc, France

Circumnavigate the highest peak in the Alps crossing 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland, and France) along the way including numerous picturesque villages. Dormitory lodging as well as luxurious hotels are available for hikers. [Note: Long Distance]

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10 | La Masca, Tenerife, Spain

Start your hike at the tiny island settlement, through a Jurassic jungle and end at deserted beach.  Rumor has it that this area was once a pirate hangout.

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11 | Haute Route, Switzerland

Starting in Chamonix and ending in Zermatt, the 9-15 day hike sweeps by the Matterhorn and nearly 11 mountain passes. Challenging but surely life-changing. [Note: Long Distance]

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12 | Cinque Terre coastal trail, Italy

A challenging and rewarding hike along the Ligurian coast provides travelers the option of taking the train or going by foot between each of the 5 villages. When planning, be sure to verify if the trail to fully open as it’s often closed due to heavy rains  and erosion.

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13 | Country Kerry, Ireland

The stunning Iveragh Peninsula and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks offer sweeping views, charming towns (like Kenmare and Killarney) and an endless fresh sea breeze.

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14 | Rota Vicentina, Portugal

Running along the southwest coast of Portugal, the trails offers endless staggering coastal views as it meanders through small rural towns.

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15 | Black Forest, Germany

Considering that hiking was truly invented in the Black Forest (welcoming hiking tourists for over 130 years!) it’s not surprising that the region is absolutely packed with trails running through the deep, dark forest, across babbling brooks, through rolling pastures and picturesque villages.

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  • Gah! Major wanderlust because of this post!

    • are you a hiker too? let’s go somewhere, whaddya say? 😀 xo

  • Yay! Berchtesgaden National Park is on our itinerary in April! I can’t wait! Would loooooove to hike the rest of the list as well!

    • Oh yay!!! Let me know how it goes! I’m hoping to get down there in late summer so if you have any tips I’d definitely welcome them! 😀

  • I can’t even imagine #11! I think that would be my fave having been to Chamonix and wanting to go to Zermatt! Lovely list dear 🙂

    • Thanks so much, lovey! Can you imagine your quads after a 15 day hike in the Alps? Holy workout! ;D

  • Sooooooooooo amazing! My gosh – what wonderful places! thanks for the list, will make sure to do at least one of them this year! 🙂

    • Oh wonderful! Which one do you think you’ll do?! I’m hoping to get to Croatia to see Plitvice Lakes this summer. 🙂

      • Haha yeah, that’s the one we were thinking of doing as well! Looks so beautiful! Summer-time there must be wonderful so yeah, maybe see you there 🙂

  • Love this post, I think hiking is a great way to stay active on vacation and get to see the sites!

    • I couldn’t agree more, Abbie! 😀 it’s the best way to take in the scenery!

  • I want to go to there!!

    • Me too! Let’s go now! 😀

  • These all look amazing and beautiful for their own unique characteristics and landscapes. I’ve been looking at Plitvice Lakes for September.

    • Oh fun, are you planning on staying in Dubrovnik? Dan and I are planning on going to Croatia in July so Plitvice Lakes is high on our list though I haven’t figured out logistics yet. 🙂

      • Yes. Every picture I see of Dubrovnik is amazing. I have yet to figure out logistics for Plitvice Lakes too. Let me know what you find out!

  • We love hiking and this is so cool! Wish I could visit all theses places.

    xx Leesa & Kate

    Travel inspiration? http://www.wanderlustchronicles.com.au

    • Me too, ladies! Have you gals hiked in Europe at all? I’ve done a few of these but there are SO many amazing sights to see! 🙂

  • This is a really useful guide! I had no idea about most of these hikes! Although I can think of a few popular ones in the UK.

    • Yeah, I did some nosing around for hikes in the UK but couldn’t find anything in travel forums indicating one especially popular one. What would you recommend? 🙂

      • Yes I guess you’re right, I was thinking more of areas like the Lake District and Snowdonia to name a few. I guess it’s hard to narrow down one great hike in those areas!

  • Laura

    Definitely adding some of these to my list do list! I walked the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago a couple of years ago and I absolutely loved it! There’s also a famous walk in Scotland called the West Highland Way that is definitely worth checking out!

    • Oh, thank you for the recommendation Laura!

      That’s amazing you did the 100k at Camino de Santiago. I bet it was life-changing, in a way, right?

      • Laura

        It really was! I would love to do it again!

  • Anna

    Love this!! It makes me want to leave everything and start walking ahah I’ve been to la cinque terre and its AMAZING 🙂

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

    • Haha, I hear ya! Kind of just hit the road Forrest Gump style, right?

  • Julie DenOuden

    Oh my goodness, these look absolutely gorgeous!

    • I agree! There’s so many things to do already in Europe but hiking is an entire category of it’s own. So beautiful, right?!

  • I am desperate to try all of these!! Hiking is something I definitely want to try and do more in each country I visit! Great post!

    thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks so much Stephanie! See you on the trail… in a non-cheesy way! 😀

  • emilygrapes

    Oh my gosh, I can barely look at #5 without my feet and hands starting to tingle and sweat. ack! But talk about beautiful! All of them!

    • I know, seriously! I feel like I’d be so queezy it’d distract from the experience.. but don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to go! ;D

    • Tom Martens

      Well, looks like you’ve found the destination that’ll get you out of your comfort zone and into something new and exciting. 😉 Good travels!

  • The one in Croatia looks amazing!

    • Margo Paige

      I agree! I’m really hoping to make it this summer!

    • I agree! I’m hoping to make it there this summer! 😀

  • So beautiful trails!

    xx Cheyenne
    http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

  • Croatia is high upon my list! I would love to go there! The rest seems awesome as well

    thetouristoflife.com

  • Rachel Grove

    I just went to Plitvice and highly recommend it! Also just returned from another weekend in Lauterbrunnen and absolutely loved every bit of it! I am wondering about the hikes in Germany. Is the National Park one that we could do in a weekend or long weekend if we flew into Munich?

    Thanks!
    Rachel
    http://www.whereweareplanted.blogspot.com

    • Chris

      Yes, that would be certainly possible!

      Best regards from Munich,
      Chris

  • Chris

    Hi there,
    wonderful pictures – cheers!
    I can also recommend the crossing of the Alpes from Germany (Oberstdorf) to Italy (Meran) via the path E5, an incredible tour!
    Here you can find lots of impressions of the tour and useful information (in German):
    http://www.alpenspaziergang.de/bildergalerie/
    Enjoy! 🙂

  • Jackie Morrill

    I would love to see France and Germany….. But I have no Money. How can I go ? Thanks !

  • lechter86

    i hiked the black forest in germany last year. 11 days along the 300km of the westweg trail. This august we will hike the mittelweg (the other one is the ostweg). Black forest is beautiful.

  • Francesco Marani

    Hey:)! Do you know if there is somenthing on the est side in polland?

    • kag

      Sure, for example the Roztoczański National Park in lubelskie region and huge forest the Puszcza Białowieska in the Białystok region (there are bisons).

  • Francesco Chiarotto

    They miss Dolomites!!!!!

  • jaya ttb

    Visit Mount Rinjani in Lombok island Indonesia, which is one of the best trek in South Asia. http://www.syamtrekker.com

  • GoHikeAlps

    You should put Dolomites on your list and particularlyl Alta Via 2… One of the most beautiful and unique areas in the world and AV2 goes right across the best parts! Here’s to help you plan: http://gohikealps.com/2017/01/alta-via-2-planning-guide/

  • Borut Levstek

    You didn’t really skip Slovenia? 🙁 You can find there plenty of beautiful hikes, lakes, gorges etc. Btw, beer is cheap! 😀 http://hikingslovenianalps.com/ https://www.slovenia.info/en/things-to-do/active-holidays/hiking

  • officehiker.net

    Hi,
    I agree with your selection and those trails are really amazing, but you should include also Bosnia and Montenegro on the list as there are a lot of great and scenic trails that are worth visiting.

    I hiked some of them and will cover my trips on my blog soon (I don’t want to publish all at once) :).

    But if you are willing to include some trails from this region (Bosnia) and if you need help I will gladly help you so please feel free to contact me 😉

  • I liked the hiking trail in Spain the most, it’s very beautiful.

  • Lalu Irwan

    Wonderful view of Mt Matterhorn and great tour travel information, visit Lombok indonesia do not forget to climb Mt Rinjani http://www.royalrinjanitour.com