Walking holidays in Central Europe
Europe is cross-cut by dense network of trading routes more than thousands years old, especially Central Europe, where many of these trails intersect. In late 18th century many of them started to be used also for recreational purposes. Increasing popularity of walking and hiking for fun lead to establishment of various tourist clubs, which started to map, sign, develop and maintain large number of hiking trails. For example in the Czech Republic the length of trails equals the length of equatorial.
However, the best thing is not the existence of the trails itself, but the places they take you to. Let yourself get carried away by magnificent chateaux with parks and gardens to amaze you, as well as castles perched on cliffs overlooking river valleys. Besides all this you can see rows of wine cellars near the vineyards, bucolic villages with red roofs and onion-shaped church spire on top of the hill and experience a touch of history by catching a sight of remnants of the Iron Curtain in fields.
Take a map, route description, use our gps or have a local guide to show you around. Your fantastic walking trip in Europe can begin!
Walking trips in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is often being called the Heart of Europe for its central location. On some 27 thousand square miles you can find not only an amazing network of 25 thousand miles of marked hiking trails maintained by volunteers of Czech Tourist Club, but also about thousand old castles, chateaux and fortresses, from which you can visit more than one hundred . Impressive number, isn’t it? When hiking through Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, three historical parts of Czech Republic, you can notice refreshing change of landscape each day. From sunny limestone slopes with vineyards you can get to a deep river valley, then the route can take you to highlands, from caves area and fish pond district to the mountains, all the way through charming historical towns. All of this you can do within a week!
Detailed hiking maps cover the whole country, which makes it almost impossible to get lost. Czech Republic also features one of the densest railroad networks in Europe. To combine walking trip with a ride on a historic narrow-gauge railway – why not?
Walking trips in Slovakia
Slovakian mountains host healthy populations of wolf, lynx and bear, which are extinct in many other countries. These are extremely hard to spot, unlike folk culture of Slovakia, which is omnipresent in the rural parts of the country. You can see traditional houses, meet old grannies going to mass in their costumes, taste local specialities and hear lively folk songs. In addition to that number of World Heritage Sites can be found in Slovakia, together with plenty of historical towns and rustic villages, churches and castles. Thanks to this rich and varied heritage and well-marked dense network of trails Slovakia offers a unique walking experience.
Walking trips in Austria
Austria is popular among tourists particularly for Alpine skiing, music festivals, historical cities, cafés and yummy local specialities. It features a dense and well-marked network of trails ranging from Alpine ferratas to very comfortable and equally lovely paths leading through valleys, passing numerous castles and chateaux. On our trips you can discover glorious area of Salzkammergut famous for unspotted nature with beautiful lakes, or the scenic wine valley of Wachau river or you may prefer Alpannonia – lovely trail connecting mountains with vast fertile plains of Pannonia.
Our trails neither challenge your climbing skills nor test your limits; rather than competition we encourage enjoyment. Apart from nice hiking, you can look forward to cable cars, great views, boat and train rides, stops in family inns and cafés and many other things that make your holiday in Austria memorable experience.