Where Bavaria ends… The “Weisswurst Equator”

Last time we dug down into the rich traditions and culture characteristic of the Bavarian Alps. It is only natural now to delve more deeply into the delicious world of the region’s cuisine. To culinary gurus, Bavaria is referred to as the Weisswurst Equator. Weisswurst is a veal and pork sausage, flavoured with onions, parsley, bacon and other seasonings. First …

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Munich – Your Gateway to the Bavarian Alps

Frommer’s describes the Bavarian Alps as Germany’s “best mountainous landscape”. This beautiful area of culture, natural excursions and castles worthy of storybook illustrations, is located in Germany’s southwest corner along the Austrian border. Opportunities abound for every season, from skiing in the winter and hiking or cycling in the summer to palace and castle visits and stunning vista views year …

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The Via Alpina – Stage 5 – Blue Trail

Monte Rosa (“Dufourspitze”) on the border between Switzerland and Italy,elevation 4,634 m (15,203 feet) Now for our final journey through the Via Alpina, we’ll traverse the Blue Trail, the fifth of the international trails. It passes through Italy, Switzerland and France, and consists of 61 costal and inland stages ranging between 7.3km and 25.3km in length. Walkers and hikers will …

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The Via Alpina – Stage 4 – Green Trail

The Eiger (3,970m/3,025ft), Bernese Alps, Switzerland Via Alpina’s Green Trail Offers the Best Hike in the World! We’ve tested our endurance on the Red Trail, explored historical landmarks on the Purple Trail and marvelled at geological wonders on the Yellow Trail. Now it’s time to trek through Liechtenstein and Switzerland on Via Alpina’s shortest of the five international trails. Despite its relatively …

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The Via Alpina – Stage 3 – Yellow Trail

Discover the Dolomites and Ötzi the Iceman in Bolzano (Bozen) Last week we walked through Slovenia, Austria and Germany by way of The Via Alpina. Today we’ll include a large portion of Italian Alps and explore The Yellow Trail, which connects with the previously discussed Purple and Red Trails. The Yellow Trail begins in Trieste, Italy, passes through Austria and …

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The Via Alpina – Stage 2 – Purple Trail

Last week we introduced the Via Alpina, a series of long distance footpaths that connect the eight European countries that surround the Alps. The network of walking and hiking opportunities consists of five international trails. The longest of the tracks, The Red Trail, was described in our first blog post, An Alpine Walker’s Dream. Today we will stride through The …

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The Via Alpina – Stage 1 – Red Trail

The Via Alpina, once discovered, is not only a hiker’s dream – it is also symbolic of a treaty formed between the eight countries that communally share the Alps mountain range. Just over a decade ago, a vision to formally unite Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and France via a transalpine hiking and walking trail was born. With …

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How to choose the best hiking socks

When it comes to enjoying your walking adventures, choosing the best hiking socks will often mean the difference between a wonderful walk or a terrible test of endurance. That’s because your socks play an important role in not keeping your feet dry and at the right temperature, they can help make sure your feet remain blister-free and comfortable too. If …

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Saxon Switzerland – Dresden’s Nature Adventure Playground

To visit the bizarre yet breathtaking mountain range that is Saxon Switzerland is like being transported to another world. There is an inherent gothic atmosphere derived from the vast sandstone pinnacles that dwarf the trees and houses below, and the intrigue of the castles, caves, gorges and forests peppered between them causes your imagination to run amok. Also known as …

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Hiking from Lake Karersee to the Latemar Rock Labyrinth

A wonderful, extended hike from Lake Karersee to the Latemar rock labyrinth with glorious views of the Rosengarten (another Dolomite massif). This walk is particularly recommended during early summer when the snows have melted and the Karersee’s water has been sufficiently replenished to reflect the unique beauty of the Latemar. The magical Rosengarten Mountain, once the domain of the legendary …

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