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Top Log Cabin Hikes in the UK

Top Log Cabin Hikes in the UK

Top Log Cabin Hikes in the UK You’re missing out on a lot if you’ve never been hiking through trails and forests. Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the UK as it’s brimming with breathtaking landscapes and forests that can only be reached by foot. And after a long walk, you can spend a night or two …

What to know before travelling solo for the very first time

What to know before travelling solo for the very first time

If you’re fed up with working the daily grind and crave adventure 24/7, it sounds like you should just quit your job, pack your bags, and buy a one-way ticket out of here! Every year, thousands of people in every corner of the earth decide that they’re going to go it alone and travel the world with just their backpack …

Katschberg Rennweg: Health, Hikes and Alpine Family Fun

Katschberg Rennweg: Health, Hikes and Alpine Family Fun

The Katschberg-Rennweg region is celebrated as an excellent region for hiking, climbing and fun family holidays. Though small, it has lots to see and do. Katschberg-Renweg: An Overview The area of Katschberg-Rennweg is situated in Carinthia, the southernmost state in Austria. It lies near the Hohe Tauern and Nockberge Mountains (in the north-west of Carinthia) and has a great location …

Central Carinthia: Austria’s Ancient Historic Heartland

Central Carinthia: Austria’s Ancient Historic Heartland

The ancient mountain terrain of Central Carinthia represents Austria at its most authentic. Off the beaten track, it’s a real hidden gem for easy hiking. Central Carinthia: An Overview Central Carinthia is situated in the heart of the Austrian state of Carinthia, amidst the Gurktal Alps. Often overlooked in favour of the more popular lakes further south (such as Lake …

Val Gardena: Dolomite Mountain Walking and Ladin Culture

Val Gardena: Dolomite Mountain Walking and Ladin Culture

Val Gardena (Gröden) is not only in the heart of the Dolomites, but the epicentre of traditional Ladin culture. It offers excellent alpine hiking.  Val Gardena: An Overview Val Gardena (Gröden) is situated in the heart of the Dolomites in north-eastern Italy, and is under an hour’s drive from the city of Bolzano (Bozen in German), which lies to the …

Alpine Plateaus & Mountains: Seiser Alm and Schlern

Alpine Plateaus & Mountains: Seiser Alm and Schlern

Seiser Alm (Alpe di Suisi) is the largest Alpine pasture in Europe. Surrounded by the Dolomites and the Schlern, it is a beautiful location for walking. Seiser Alm & Schlern: An Overview Seiser Alm (or Alpe di Suisi, as it is known in Italian), is the largest alpine pasture in Europe. Situated in the Trentino region of northern Italy, Seiser …

Mythical Mountains: The Peaks of Rosengarten & Latemar

Mythical Mountains: The Peaks of Rosengarten & Latemar

Come twilight, the peaks of the Rosengarten massif glow a spectacular pink. Unsurprisingly, these stunning Dolomite peaks attract many exploring hikers! Rosengarten-Latemar: An Overview The hiking area surrounding Rosengarten and Latemar offers truly spectacular scenery. Located in the centre of Northern Italy’s Dolomites, in the Eggental Valley (Italian: Val d’Ega), the Rosengarten (‘Rose Garden’) massif and the area around Mt. …

Cortina d’Ampezzo: A Vibrant Resort in the Dolomites

Cortina d’Ampezzo: A Vibrant Resort in the Dolomites

Surrounded by spectacular hiking trails and situated in the very heart of the Dolomites, vibrant Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of Europe’s best-known resorts. Cortina d’Ampezzo: An Overview The town of Cortina d’Ampezzo is located high up in the mountains in the north of the Veneto region of Northern Italy, in the eastern part of the Dolomites. The picturesque town has …

Plan de Corones (Kronplatz): Where Austria meets Italy

Plan de Corones (Kronplatz): Where Austria meets Italy

Plan de Corones / Kronplatz is ideal for lovers of the outdoors. Between the Zillertal Alps (Austria) and Italy’s Dolomites, it’s mountain scenery at its best. Plan de Corones / Kronplatz: An Overview Plan de Corones (Kronplatz in German), is situated within the Pustertal Valley in South Tyrol, Northern Italy. Pustertal Valley runs from Lienz in East Tyrol (Austria), right …

Alta Pusteria: Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen / Three Peaks

Alta Pusteria: Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen / Three Peaks

Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal) is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. This beautiful region in the Northern Italian Dolomites, boasts three famous mountain peaks. Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal): An Overview Alta Pusteria, or Hochpustertal, as it is known in German, is located in the eastern section of the Pustertal Valley in Northern Italy. It is situated in the midst of the Dolomites; and has the …

Alta Badia to Monte Marmolada: The Peak of the Dolomites

Alta Badia to Monte Marmolada: The Peak of the Dolomites

The Alta Badia region in South Tyrol is rich in Alpine personality. Nearby lies Monte Marmolada, the highest peak and proclaimed ‘Queen’ of the Dolomites. Alta Badia: An Overview Alta Badia (Gadertal in German) is an area located in the region Trentino-Alto Adige, in Northern Italy. It is famed for its stunning natural landscapes, as it is set in the …

The Bavarian Forest – An Enchanting Setting for a Wintertime Walk

The Bavarian Forest – An Enchanting Setting for a Wintertime Walk

You have probably heard of Germany’s Black Forest and are longing to stroll under its thick canopies. But you need to add an essential component to your German holidays. The Bavarian forest, near the Danube Valley in the south-eastern part of the country, is what seems an endless expanse of unspoilt wilderness and is even more magical when explored during …

The Vinschgau Valley: An Alpine Land of Charming Contrasts

The Vinschgau Valley: An Alpine Land of Charming Contrasts

The Northern Italian Vinschgau Valley: A Brief Overview South Tyrol’s Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta in Italian) is certainly an area of contrasts. Each year, travellers flock to the region, but often for a wide variety of different reasons. For some, it’s the irresistible call of nature and that blissful sensation of escaping from it all; as the Vinschgau Valley has …

Tauferer Ahrntal Valley: Exhilarating Alpine Adventures

Tauferer Ahrntal Valley: Exhilarating Alpine Adventures

Tauferer Ahrntal Valley: A Brief Overview The Tauferer Ahrntal Valley, homeland of the famous mountaineer, Hans Kammerlander, is unsurprisingly a terrain filled with scenery of the more dramatic kind; soaring alpine peaks, endless green meadows, glaciers and forests. It’s a landscape that is sure to appeal to the adventurous at heart, and keen hikers will no doubt be delighted by …

Vines, Wines and Alpine Appeal: Southern South Tyrol

Vines, Wines and Alpine Appeal: Southern South Tyrol

Southern South Tyrol: A Brief Overview The southern area of South Tyrol encompasses the very best of natural alpine scenery and Mediterranean ambiance; making it one of the most popular hiking destinations in the continent. The trails themselves offer the opportunity to wind through lush meadows, past glacial lakes and mountain ranges and through dense forests; and the cities, towns …

Alpine Hiking for all Abilities in Passeiertal Valley

Alpine Hiking for all Abilities in Passeiertal Valley

Passeiertal Valley: A Brief Overview Passeiertal Valley (Val Passiria in Italian), starting at the historic spa town of Merano and winding a trail right through the spectacular peaks of the Oetztal, Stubaier and Sarntaler Alps, is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest locations for hikers in the region. Of course, South Tyrol in general, with its verdant meadows, …

Fresh Air, Healing Waters and Literary Lives in Merano (Meran)

Fresh Air, Healing Waters and Literary Lives in Merano (Meran)

Merano (Meran): A Brief Overview Often celebrated for its thermal waters, the picturesque town of Merano (Meran), which is set at the entrance to the Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta) and the Passeiertal Valley (Val Passiria), has long been popular with travellers seeking respite, relaxation and solace in nature. Merano is the Italian name; Meran is the German name of the …

Alpine Action: Hikes & Bikes in Valle Isarco (Eisacktal Valley)

Alpine Action: Hikes & Bikes in Valle Isarco (Eisacktal Valley)

Valle Isarco / Eisack Valley: A Brief Overview The Northern Italian Eisack Valley (Valle Isarco) has, over the years, developed a formidable reputation as being one of Europe’s prime locations for activity-based holidays. The mountain valleys and peaks provide the perfect environment for magnificent mountain hiking in the warmer months, and with its numerous challenging trails, it’s also a popular …

Family Fun, Action Adventures & Walking in Bressanone (Brixen)

Family Fun, Action Adventures & Walking in Bressanone (Brixen)

Bressanone (Brixen): A Brief Overview As with many other cities and towns in the region, the ancient city of Bressanone (Brixen in German) is predominantly German speaking; with a personality that is quintessentially Alpine in essence, with a sprinkling of Mediterranean thrown in for good measure. The city is officially South Tyrol’s oldest, and has an atmospheric medieval quarter with …

Bozen (Bolzano): A Baroque City Beside the Scenic Dolomites

Bozen (Bolzano): A Baroque City Beside the Scenic Dolomites

Bozen (Bolzano): A Brief Overview The mostly German speaking city of Bolzano (Italian), or Bozen (German) as it is more commonly called by the locals, is nestled within the glorious mountain backdrop of northern Italy. Flanked by the dramatic Dolomites and the vineyards and woodlands of verdant South Tyrol, it’s often recognised as the ‘capital of the Alps’, making it …

Walking with Children – Family Walking Holidays in Europe

Walking with Children – Family Walking Holidays in Europe

Europe is the perfect introduction to walking holidays for children. The popular walking areas include plenty of easier terrain with a wide variety of family-friendly accommodation. If you are considering a family holiday with the kids – then please check out the “Walking with Kids” section on our website. If you enjoyed walking holidays before having a family, please don’t …

The Original Disney Castle – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The Original Disney Castle – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The story behind Neuschwanstein is no fairy tale. Nor is the “Schloss” (castle) really a castle – more a fantasy that Walt Disney himself would have been proud of. The force behind Bavaria’s most famous castle was Ludwig II of Bavaria. Although built over the ruins of an earlier, genuine, castle, Ludwig’s castle was more Disney than castle. Castles were …

Switzerland – Why Zermatt’s Mountain Guides are Famous

Switzerland – Why Zermatt’s Mountain Guides are Famous

Zermatt’s fabled Mt. Matterhorn (4,478m/14,692ft) has always been a draw for those who love mountaineering and the Alps. Unfortunately with beauty often comes danger, and the Matterhorn has seen fatalities each year since it was first climbed by British climber Edward Whymper in 1865, who lost 4 of his party on the descent. These days as many as 150 climbers …

Switzerland’s Zermatt – Shaped by and Famous for its Water

Switzerland’s Zermatt – Shaped by and Famous for its Water

The area around Zermatt in Switzerland is both famed for its water and formed by it. The Zermatt region is well-known for the quality of its drinking water, as well as for the number and beauty of its streams and lakes. Zermatt boasts over 50 lakes and nearly 1,000 springs! Indeed the original name of the region meant “meadow in …