From the glaciers to the sea! More fascinating than most other long distance hiking routes, the new Alpe Adria Trail runs from the majestic Grossglockner, through Carinthia, Slovenia and Italy to the palm trees of Muggia at the Adriatic coast: offering 680 kilometres of diverse and thrilling travel through three countries and three different cultures. The basic common thread is the richness of waters along the trail in any state found: from glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, springs and lakes to the sea.
The trail leads from Austria’s highest mountain, the 3798-metre high Grossglockner, to the Adriatic Sea. In 38 stages, each of which is around 17 kilometres long, the marked trail leads the traveller through the Austrian region of Kärnten, the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Slovenia to its geographical finish at Muggia, situated south of Trieste.
You will be accompanied by the Mediterranean climate, many hours of sun and pleasant temperatures. Moreover, you will also experience amazing views of the Alps and the Adriatic.
The concept of the trail has been set up so that each stage runs along touristically interesting regions with rich cultural, natural and culinary tradition.
Some more information about the trails across Slovenia: on the territory of Slovenia, the Alpe Adria Trail runs from the Japca pass at the borderline between Slovenia and Austria through Kranjska Gora and Tamar to the Vršič Pass and further on to the source of the Soča River, following the Soča trail to Bovec and then along its left riverbank to Kobarid, Drežnica, Tolmin and past the Solarij border crossing to Friuli-Venezia Giulia. At Neblo, the trail again turns to the Slovenian part of the hilly landscape, namely to Goriška Brda, and then across Dobrovo back to the Italian Cormons, continuing along the Italian part of the Karst over the Slovenian hill of Kokoš to Lipica. From here, the trail descends to Muggia and Trieste.
If the entire Trail is too long for you, but you still want to hike your way to discovering three countries, your best choice is the short version of the Alpe-Adria-Trail: the 3-country circular tour takes you 123 kilometres on seven one-day stages through Carinthia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Slovenia. You start off in Carinthia on the Baumgartnerhohe near Lake Faaker See, then continue to Warmbad Villach, Notsch and Feistritz, before you reach Italy with the Canal Valley, the towns of Valbruna and the shopping town of Tarvisio. After passing the famous place of the pilgrimage of Monte Santo di Lussari, the Laghi di Fusine and the foot of one of the highest mountains in the Julian Alps, the Mangart, you will reach Slovenia at Planica, famous for its ski jumping and ski flying, and the internationally famous winter sports venue of Kranjska Gora,before you return once again to your starting point in Carinthia.
More information about the Alpe Adria Trail is available here.