Europe has so much to offer walkers; whether you like long outdoor hikes or cultural city walks, you can explore some of the most historic and cultural cities in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe on foot.
If you are an outdoor traveler then you can head for the spectacular Alps in Germany for a hike through nature or if you prefer city walks then Europe isn’t short of those either, from Amsterdam’s historic canals to Stockholm’s old town.
There are so many walking tours in Europe that it can be difficult to choose where to visit. Well, look no further – we have put together the top ten hiking trails, nature reserves, and city walking tours in Europe to keep those legs moving and seeing some of the most stunning sights in Europe.
Best Hiking: The Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany
The Berchtesgaden Alps region on the German-Austrian border of the Bavarian Alps has been described as a “hiker’s paradise”. The Berchtesgaden National Park, the only Alpine park in Germany, has over 162 miles of trails for varying levels of ability that takes in steep mountain hikes and relaxing walking paths. During the summer months you can rent huts high up in the mountains for multi-day hikes, giving you a chance to stay the night in one of the most unique national parks in the world surrounded by wildlife and endless green fields.
Best for the History Buff: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
There are plenty of walking tours in the relaxed, historic city of Amsterdam. The small scale metropolis means you can walk around the city in a few days and experience the ancient myths and history of its streets and famous canals. Known as the “Venice of the North” the city is made up of more than 100 miles of 17th-century canals, with countless impressive museums and shops, as well as the largest collection of paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh; the painter was one of Amsterdam’s most dedicated walkers.
For Serious Walkers: Bangor Trail, Co. Mayo, Ireland
This challenging 30-mile-long hike through the uninhabited mountain range of Nephin Beg is not for the fainthearted. This is as wild as it gets – nothing but rolling wild mountains, rough terrain and complete silence. The walk has been called the loneliest place in Ireland, and features some of the wildest and most remote spots in the country, and perhaps even in all of Europe. Great for hiking in groups, make sure you are prepared with walking shoes and plenty of provisions.
For the Wanderer: Alentejo, Portugal
The Alentejo region of Portugal on the Atlantic coast is rugged and beautiful, and perfect for long and lonely hikes. Explore the forests, valleys and coastal cliffs in some of the wildest landscape in Europe. The near-deserted trails give a sense of the rural heritage of the area and the tranquil and beautiful paths lead to the Atlantic coast. When you finally reach the coast enjoy peaceful coastal villages and towns with a sense of tradition and simplicity.
For the Adventurer: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland
Iceland is one of the most raw and rustic settings for hikes and walks. It has several outstanding nature reserves, such as the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in northernmost part of the Westfijords, which has been a protected region since 1975, is road-less, and has no residents. This is for the real extreme hiker! Or you can take in Jokulsarglijufur National Park, a canyon park formed by Iceland’s second-longest river and home to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
For History and Cliffside Vistas: Amalfi, Italy
Walks in coastal Amalfi are made up of steep steps, traditional gardens, mountain and sea views, and plenty of culture. Perfect as part of a vacation to the Italian coastline, from footpaths such as the easy and spectacular Il Sentiero degli Dei to La Baia di Ieranto, which passes by countless olive trees and strategically placed rocks,before you reach a beautiful secluded beach – the perfect end to a four-hour walk.
For Wine Lovers: Bordeaux, France
There are several self-guided walking tours that take you through the vineyard-lined landscapes of the beautiful region of Bordeaux in France. Stay in charming hotels and French châteaus on your walk, try excellent local foods at authentic pit stops, and best of all taste some of the most famous and delicious wines in the world. Walk through the historic Entre-Deux-Mers villages and and the Sauternes vineyard, famous for its high-class wines; the vineyards are great for spring and fall walks.
For a Winter Wonderland: Stockholm, Sweden
Walking around Stockholm in Sweden in the winter is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in Europe. Starting at Gustav Adolfs Torg in the Royal Palace, walk to the 19th century Swedish Parliament, the museum of Medieval Stockholm, and the Mynttorget in Stockholm’s old town. Made up of 14 islands on the Baltic Sea, follow the cobblestone roads and stop in quaint cafes when it gets too cold.
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