I was not expecting such an overwhelming response when I started my Hiking and Trekking collaboration series. Hiking and trekking have become more and more popular since travelling was reduced due to covid. It allows you to take in the beautiful surroundings at your own pace, see things that you do not normally see.
Table of Contents
- Top Hikes in Europe
- 1. Oeschinensee – Oberbergli – Heuberg trail Switzerland
- 2. The Hebridean Way – Scotland, UK
- 4. Lycian Way in Turkey
- 5. Hiking in Cinque Terre – Italy
- 6. Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece
- 7. Zugspitze hikes – Germany/Austria
- You may also like these hiking articles
- Would you like to be in our next hiking collaboration?
Top Hikes in Europe
There are a lot of amazing places in the world to go Hiking and Trekking and they are becoming more accessible. Recently, I have found myself getting more and more inspiration not from adventures on the Discovery Channel but from other bloggers and influencers.
We have easy access to these beautiful places through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Youtube which allows us to connect and learn from other like-minded people out there who love hiking and trekking too.
Here is the second part of my collaboration with 6 inspirational travel bloggers who share experiences of their favourite hikes around the world and why.
It’s time to get inspired for your next hike!
1. Oeschinensee – Oberbergli – Heuberg trail Switzerland
We love hiking and outdoors and always look for a nice hike when travelling. And while we have done lots of beautiful hikes all over the world, my all time favourite hike remains Oeschinensee – Oberbergli – Heuberg trail in Switzerland.
This hike combines the best of Switzerland in one place. You can expect incredible vistas of Berner Oberland region with phenomenal views over the turquoise Oeschinen Lake and the surrounding mountains pretty much during the entire hike.
You will pass waterfalls and mountain streams, do some serious climbing, as well as walk some narrow trails on the edge of the mountain. But there are also flat stretches of the trail where you pass a beautiful Alpine meadow with Swiss cows peacefully grazing obliviously to the fact that they are surrounded by some of the best views in the world.
2. The Hebridean Way – Scotland, UK
Kathi – Watch Me See
The Hebridean Way is an off the beaten track hiking paradise in the far north west of Scotland. The trail, which was only opened in May 2017, covers 10 islands off the Scottish coast and runs for 156 miles from the Isle of Vatersay to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. I hiked this trail by myself – my longest solo trek ever – and fell madly in love with the islands along the way.
Fast hikers might be able to do this trek in 10 days, but I prefer to take my time and spent two weeks on the Outer Hebrides in total. I split the walk into 12 stages, leaving plenty of time to rest and also explore off the trail. And there is plenty to see: from the UNESCO World Heritage Site on St Kilda to the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, the Hebrides have a lot to offer.
Luckily, the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Scotland mostly shy away due to the longer ferry journey across.
The best time to hike the Hebridean Way is during the summer when the days are long and the temperatures comfortable – of course, hiking in Scotland though, you always have to be prepared for spontaneous rainfall or gushes of wind. Don’t forget to pack high-quality waterproofs and protect your gear from getting wet by using drybags and reusable plastic pouches.
There is plenty of accommodation on the islands, however, it is way easier to hike this trail with a tent in your backpack – wild camping is legal in Scotland, which means you can pitch your tent wherever you feel like it. I had entire beaches to myself thanks to that!
3. Hike around Mont Blanc massif France
Becky – Becky The Traveller
The ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ (TMB) is a challenging but stunning hike around the Mont Blanc massif in Europe. Taking you through three different countries, which is a pretty cool thing to tell people you did on your holiday! I started in France, hiked into Italy (where the sunshine came out) and then into Switzerland.
Summer is the best time of year to do the hike. You have a better chance of good weather, although I did experience a bit of rain at the beginning! Each day takes you through different scenery, winding paths and steep climbs. But all around you have the snow topped mountains, brightly coloured alpine flowers and maybe a cheeky marmot if you’re lucky to spot one.
Accommodation along the route is basic, the mountain refuges are full of like-minded walkers and big meals. Be prepared for clothes and boots drying everywhere after a rain shower. Most people are carrying their full kit, therefore, it’s important to dry your kit when you have the chance.
Completing the 110 miles/170 km with my full backpack over 8 days of walking was a great achievement. And finishing in the pretty town of Chamonix where there are plenty of cafes for a well-deserved beer is an added bonus!
⇒ How about taking a sunrise hike near Chamonix on the Swiss side Sunrise hike and Breakfast on an Alpine Farm Morgins
4. Lycian Way in Turkey
Karin – Girl Astray
Lykia is located in the south of Turkey, mapping the coast between Fethiye and Antalya. While it would take months to walk all of the distance (depending on your shape), it is easy to connect at any point and start walking, simply following the red and white stripes that mark the path. Lycian way often covers difficult terrain and in order to show you the most beautiful views, it makes you climb steep mountains more often than not.
However, seeing the coastline, forests, grazing goats, secret beaches and ancient ruins scattered and abandoned all across the land make it absolutely worthwhile! And I haven´t even mentioned incredible Yanartas where eternal fires burn from bare rocks. Thanks to the fountains and mosques providing you with water, you can refill your bottle relatively easily.
While I prefer to camp, you can also find rooms for rent at the local houses. This long hike takes you across wonderful nature and remote areas, showing you the best of the Mediterranean coast in Turkey.
5. Hiking in Cinque Terre – Italy
Catalina Todd – Miss Adventures Abroad
One of my favourite hiking locations in the world is Cinque Terre, Italy. This Italian gem located on the Ligurian Coast tends to be quite filled with tourists, and it is easy to see why. While working as a tour guide in Italy, I was able to hike parts of the Cinque Terre trail over 10 times, and I am still not over how beautiful the area is!
The trail follows along the Mediterranean coast, with steep cliffs allowing for gorgeous viewpoints to one side of you, and terraced vineyards producing the delicious white Cinque Terre wine on your other side.
In between trail segments, hikers can stop by the 5 colourful cliffside towns of Cinque Terre Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. I love grabbing a snack in Vernazza before hitting the trail again. If you choose to end your hike in Monterosso (which I highly recommend) you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful beach perfect for cooling off in the Mediterranean-an excellent reward after a long day hiking the often steep trails of Cinque Terre.
You may even want to grab a glass of the famous Cinque Terre wine to celebrate!
6. Fira to Oia – Santorini, Greece
Augusta – Minimeexplorer
When I can find a good excuse not to hike, I simply don’t. Period. This, at least, until I travelled to Santorini (Greece) in the spring with my husband and my son. As soon as we reached the village of Imerovigli, where we were staying, it felt as if we had walked straight into a postcard. We first looked left, to the villages of Firostefani and Fira – and then right to Oia in the distance, and the landscape was so amazingly beautiful that the mule track connecting the four villages just screamed to be hiked. And we did.
I did not suggest it, though… I did not have the time; my 8-year-old son beat me to it: he said he’d take the hike, with or without us. It was the highlight of our trip! The path follows roughly the edge of the caldera for about 12 kilometres and it is not a strenuous one, so it is perfect for families, too. It can take anything between 2.30 to 4 hours, not including rest and photo stops.
The terrain varies: at a time it is paved, some parts are covered with cobblestones, and some are dirt tracks – occasionally with loose rocks and pebbles. The trail is well marked and it is best attempted with lightweight hiking shoes, but trainers might do the trick too. We also saw people wearing flip-flops!
The first part of the walk, from Fira to Imerovigli (via Firostefani) is mostly lined with shops, whitewashed guesthouses and the typical Santorini blue-domed churches. It is a sight to behold, but it does not feel like a real hike, as you are not yet surrounded by nature.
The most interesting part starts after Imerovigli, where the real trail starts: it takes you over two cols, each of them surmounted by a small white church. All along the way, and even more from the top, the views over the caldera are magnificent! The incline is not too steep and the trail rarely exposed.
Between the two cols, you will need to walk a short stretch by the side of the road, and you may even find a vendor selling water; still bring plenty as you can’t rely on this. Before walking to the second col, if you have small children, you can allow them to “cheat” a little and hitch them a ride on the back of a donkey as far as the second church. Then it is all the way down to Oia, according to many the most beautiful village of the entire island, and the one with the most beautiful sunsets.
7. Zugspitze hikes – Germany/Austria
Magdalena Bielawny – Followtheview
Zugspitze (2962 m) is the highest peak in Germany, it lies on the German-Austrian border, next to the picturesque town Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There are a few different routes leading to the top, and you will need 8-10 hours to ascend. If you want to start hiking from Germany, choose the Reintal route, considered to be the easiest one, but also very long (21 km).
If you plan to start from Austria – go for the Ehrwald route, maybe a bit more difficult, but much shorter and quicker (about 14 km). Remember that even during the summer, you will definitely come across some snow on your way up, so take proper hiking boots! Both routes don’t require any climbing skills and special equipment.
Don’t forget to reward yourself with a Maß (really big glass of beer…) in the restaurant after reaching the summit! Best thing? If you are not a fan of hiking, you can also make it to the top thanks to one of the 3 cable cars operating in Zugspitze!
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Thank you for reading this post ‘Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt2′ and for the lovely ladies who have contributed to this hiking collaboration post. I hope it helped you to decide on what hiking adventure next to take.
Don’t forget you can also check out Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt1, for more inspiration or ideas for hiking routes by bloggers.
Would you like to be in our next hiking collaboration?
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