While the US does have an amazing set of mountain ranges Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies, the Appalachians, the European Alps are spectacular and must be experienced by the serious hiker or the beach lover who’s hooked to all inclusive holidays with OnTheBeach and wants to try something that will complement his/her exciting lifestyle. Its terrain and mountainous views are perfect for thrill seekers who want to spice up their summer or weekend getaway. An increasingly popular type of day hike is a walking tour in Europe.
If you are on your own you can
hardly go wrong ... Europe is a hiking wonderland and is
easy to get around. The
infrastructure of Europe lends itself to hiking without the
need of a car since many trailheads are accessible by bus.
While a car can still be more convenient, it is nice to have
the option of not being burdened with one.
bells, alpine huts, and chair lifts means you
are in Europe.
cows, with a chorus bells clanging, wander the mountains
eating grass and doing their thing (usually on the trails).
Alpine Hut (Refugio in Italian) concept is incredible. You
hike for hours and thousands of vertical feet, struggling
the last few hundred yards to finally the top and what
is there? Usually
a full service bar, restaurant, and beds and indoor plumbing. The
European make hiking really civilized. Many mountain ranges have a Alpine Hut spaced over several
peaks - the idea being, one could hike every day to a new
one, staying overnight before continuing the journey. While
the dormitory type beds are not quite 5 star accommodations,
it certainly beats tents, cold ground, etc.
Alps are packed with ski venues, operating in the summer
as hiking Disneyland's. Almost
all seem to be open to the dayhiker's advantage. Taking
a chair lift, cable car, bergbahn, etc, leverages the day
to longer and higher hikes.
are two favorites of the
Jungfrau Region (Switzerland)
a couple of hours by train from Zurich (via Interlaken),
one can find themselves in the alpine fairy tale land of
Grindlewald, Wengen, or Murren shortly after a plane trip
from the US. The
myriad of hiking trails is accentuated by trains, cable
cars, and chairs lifts allowing for day hike combinations
limited only by your imagination. Wengen
and Murren do not allow cars making for the perfect idyllic
alpine post card setting..
The German speaking Italians
of South Tirol along with the ancient enclave of Ladins
(they resisted the Romans and still speak their language
today) make the this region unique. None
the less is the white jagged spires of mountain tops which
make for interesting mountain tops. For
the more adventuresome, and probably with some rock climbing
experience, many hikes are aided by the ferrata (iron bars
embedded into the rocks) where one wears a harness with
a shackle to clip on the bars as you climb.
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