Unterwegs am Alpe-Adria-Trail NPR, K. Dapra

Long-distance hiking in the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Area

Long-distance hiking in the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Area

From the glacier to the sea: long-distance hiking on the Alpe-Adria Trail  

Hiking without borders: An unforgettable hiking journey, from the foot of the 3789 metre-high Grossglockner to the coast of the Adriatic Sea – traversing Carinthia, Slovenia and Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giuli region. At the end of the trail, you find yourself in Muggia, a small harbour town a little south of Triest. In between is the endless sense of freedom of a long-distance hiking adventure. Setting out in the morning, walking solo or with fellow travellers, taking breaks, enjoying the views and soaking up the beauty of your natural surroundings. An experience full of contrasts that transcends borders, and is sure to leave you deeply inspired.

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Step into an adventure on the Alpe-Adria Trail

Established in 2012, the Alpe-Adria Trail is a joint project designed by Austria’s ‘Kärnten Werbung’ advertising body, the Slovenian Tourist Board and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourist Board in Italy. The venture was also supported by each of the three countries’ Alpine Associations, which continue to be responsible for trail maintenance and signposting along the route.

Fact Box: Alpe-Adria Trail

  • Spans three countries - Austria, Slovenia, Italy
  • 43 sections, approx. 750 km in total
  • From the eternal ice to the coast of the Adriatic Sea
  • Each section is up to 20 km long, hiking periods of up to 6h
  • Hiking without luggage - shuttle service available via the Booking Center
  • Comprehensive signposts; extensive tour information available at the Booking Center
  • Always up to date - with the Alpe-Adria Trail APP for mobiles
  • Walk individual sections or the entirety of the trail in the direction of your choice
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The art of slow travel

Imagine setting out at the foot of the mighty Grossglockner, taking your first steps of your Alpe-Adria Trail journey on the edges of the Pasterze glacier. There is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation. Walking along the sunny side of the Hohe Tauern National Park, we pass through beautiful landscapes, encounter cultural monuments of traditions past, such as the ancient stock mills in the alpine village of Apriach. Many days later, we find ourselves in Slovenia – walking alongside the emerald green water of the Soca river. At long last, having covered almost 750 km, we reach the Adriatic Coast – immersing ourselves into the cool waves at Duino beach, as a more than well-deserved reward.

Services offered by the Alpe-Adria Trail Booking Center

  • Hiking without luggage - transporting your luggage to your next accommodation
  • Return transport – taking you back to your departure point at the Grossglockner
  • Booking your room for the night - at one of our certified partner facilities
  • A range of packages gives you access to a variety of accommodation and culinary options
  • Individual consultation service and comprehensive tour documents
  • Friendly, helpful team of staff at Carinthia’s Alpe-Adria Booking Center
  • Alpe-Adria Guide for groups – a competent hiking guide helps you get the most out of the Trail