The Alpe Adria Trail leads hikers from the foot of Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner, through Slovenia to Muggia on the Adriatic Sea in Italy for a total of 750 kilometres. The special feature of this cross-border long-distance hiking trail is that a special highlight awaits each of the 43 stages. This characteristic not only makes the trail a varied tour but also allows hikers to immerse themselves in the regional traits of the country.
The 43 stages on the Alpe Adria Trail are about 20 kilometres long each and take an average of six to eight hours. You walk individually on a self-guided basis, and without luggage on the south side of the Alps, through Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The end destination of the long-distance hiking trail is the quiet fishing village of Muggia on Italy's Adriatic coast.
The long-distance hiking trail was developed by the tourist associations of Carinthia Tourism, Slovenia Tourism and Friuli-Venezia Giulia Tourism and was marked out in 2012. Alpine clubs in the three participating countries are responsible for marking and maintaining the stages in the individual countries. The Alpe Adria connects existing routes in the border area between Austria, Slovenia and Italy. The hiking trail is marked throughout with the Alpe Adria Trail symbol.
The Alpe Adria Trail was not designed as a sporting route, but primarily as a cultural route. The 43 stages are usually around 17 km long and can be completed in 6 hours. Many trails in the non-alpine area follow walking routes with a rich history.
Follow the Alpe Adria Trail, from the glacier to the sea! An adventurous long-distance route in several stages from the foot of the Grossglockner in Austria via Slovenia's highest mountain pass, Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, Soča Valley, World War I cultural heritage in Kobarid and the fishing mecca Tolmin to Muggia in Italy on the azure blue Adriatic Sea.
Kranjska Gora, not far from the Julian Alps and glacial lakes, is the gateway to the Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia. You will immerse yourself in the unique Slovenian landscape with its natural jewels, the Vrŝiĉ pass and the crossing of the Soĉa valley. A paradise with high mountains, fascinating flora and fauna and an emerald green river artery Soĉa. At the Kolovrat ridge on the Italian border, the Soĉa World Heritage Site ends.
In seven days and five stages, you will hike on the Alpe Adria Trail in Slovenia from the Vrisic pass at 1,618 meters altitude, through the spectacular Soča gorge, past Slovenia's largest waterfall, the Boka waterfall, up through the Triglav National Park to the ridge of the Kolovrat and down into the valley, where the hike ends at the former border crossing to Italy at the Rifugio Solarie.
On the fourth day's stage, you hike to the high alpine meadows of the Kuhinja, where delicious cheese specialities from the region are already waiting for you to taste and enjoy.
An authentic Italian way of life awaits you on our eight-day hiking tour of Italy's Alpe Adria Trail. You will walk in six-day stages on good hiking trails and forest paths from Cividale de Friuli to Castelmonte, past the vineyards of the Collio, through the hills of the "Görzer Collio", along the river Timavo (the shortest river in the world with a length of 2 kilometres) via Duino / Sistiana to the coast at Trieste, the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Our tip: Enjoy a regional wine tasting in the traditional Enoteca di Cormons in the Italian municipality of the same name.
Take a deep breath in Italy: This is particularly easy with an Italian glass of Prosecco in Cividale or at the beautiful Duino Castle near Trieste, where you can really enjoy the fresh sea breeze overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Magical hiking experiences: Each of the 43 stages of the Alpe Adria Trail hides a special place of harmony - a "magic place" in the form of a special place or landmark. This fact has a positive effect on the walking pace and makes each stage an exciting and unique experience.
Culinary tour: The Alpe Adria Trail is not just a scenic pleasure. This long-distance hiking route also promises at least one delicious culinary highlight on each of the 43 stages. A visit to one of the countless resting places along the way makes your walking holiday really perfect. Whether at an authentic mountain lodge, wine bar, winery, osteria, enoteca or guesthouse.
From hiking to pilgrimages: A hike up the pilgrim's mountain Monte Lussari in Italy's Julian Alps is a real experience. The Alpine region connects the different cultures and the mountain Monte Lussari is a landmark.
The hiking trails mainly extend over non-alpine terrain and run with small elevation changes. The route is therefore a pleasant hiking experience and can be hiked with good basic fitness. The stages can be walked in both directions and the signage is set up for this. The Alpe Adria Trail logo can be found either as an additional sign on the signage along the way or as a sticker directly on the markings.
The good routes are uniformly marked on the path's edge by spray floor markings. The respective alpine clubs always ensure careful maintenance of the trails and the markings. The difficulty of the stages is classified as easy to moderate and the daily stages take about four to eight hours.
- Location: Austria, Italy, Slovenia
- Length: approx. 750 kilometres
- Duration: four to eight hours per day stage
- Stages: 43 stages (including 6 'round trips')
- Route: From the Grossglockner in Austria to the Adriatic Sea in Italy
- Season: April to October
- Height difference: 2,370 meters
- Trail marking: Alpe Adria Trail logo on the signposts and ground markings
The Alpe Adria Trail has 2 and 3 'leaves' as difficulty and is defined as active and challenging. The routes lead you on well-marked hiking trails and the mountain, forest and meadow paths. With good fitness, our hiking tours on the Alpe Adria Trail are guaranteed to be a successful active experience.
There are plenty of highlights while hiking on the Alpe Adria Trail. One of the highlights of our hiking Alpe Adria three countries tour is the hike to the pilgrim mountain Monte Lussari on day four of the trip. As the name Santuario dei Tre Popoli (Church of the Three Peoples) suggests, this magical place is still a symbol of the solidarity between the three countries Austria, Slovenia and Italy.
What also makes hiking on the Alpe Adria Trail so special is the culinary diversity that can be discovered along the hiking trails. From Austrian delicacies to certain specialities of Italy or Slovenia, hungry hikers meet the diverse culinary life of the respective regions.
On the day stages of our hiking tours on the Alpe Adria Trail, you will cover between 10 and 29 kilometres per day, depending on the tour. Please note that some day stages can be shortened by public transport.
Our hiking tours on the Alpe Adria Trail routes vary depending on the journey. Here is a brief overview:
Alpe Adria 3-country hiking tour, 8 days: On this tour, you can explore three countries in just eight days and six daily stages. From Villach, the route goes to Feistritz an der Gail and on to Camporosso in Italy. After a circular walk on Monte Lussari, continue to Kranjska Gora in Slovenia and back to Villach in Austria.
Hiking tour Alpe-Adria-Trail Slovenia, 7 days: In seven days and five stages you will hike from the Vrisic pass at Kranjska Gora and be guided through the Soča to Bovec, past the Boka waterfall to Deznica and Tolmin. The walking tour ends at Refugio Solarie, from where a transfer takes you back to Kranjska Gora.
Hiking Alpe Adria Trail Italy, 8 days: During this tour, you will walk through the picturesque landscapes of northern Italy. From Cividale del Friuli it goes first to Prepotto and to Šmartno, on to Cormons, Gradisca d'Isonzo, Duino / Sistiana and finally to the last stage destination to Trieste.
During our hiking tours on the Alpe Adria Trail, the incomparable beauty of the nature and landscape of the three countries awaits you. It is not without reason that this cross-border long-distance hiking route is internationally regarded as one of the most beautiful and varied. Organized but individual.
With our luggage transport service, you can entirely focus on your wonderful hiking holiday. We provide a reliable all-around service including detailed travel documents, luggage transport, personal support on-site and our Service Hotline. After the daily stages, you can look forward to a well-deserved rest in our selected hotels and accommodations with the unique feel-good factor.