With elephants over the Alps
When Hannibal had the unfathomable idea of surprising Rome and marching across the Alps with his elephants, no one thought at all about the real feasibility of such a mammoth task. Bit as soon as his daring strategy turned out to be a success, countless people started to believe travelling across the Alps could be reasonably doable. Since then, roads and tunnels have been smashed across and through this mighty mountain range crossing Europe. Brave adventurers and explorers trekked at random over passes and summits – in day-long, exhausting marches and hikes. But an organised hiking trip over the Alpine ridge and on wasn’t quite there yet.
4 completely independent, directly adjoining journeys
- from Munich to Garmisch and the Zugspitz region
- from Garmisch via the Reschenpass to the spa town of Meran
- from Meran via the Brenta Dolomites to the shores of Lake Garda
- from Lake Garda via Trento and Val Sulgana to Venice
Each scheduled for 8 days, well-organised in the usual professional manner with short transfers in between, it is quite easy to complete an Alpine crossing. Discover a new piece of the entire route year after year, or within four weeks in one go, however you’d like. Travel from hearty beer gardens through welcoming pastures and on to Mediterranean flair. Hiking could hardly get more varied!
From Munich to Garmisch – through the Bavarian Lake District to the Zugspitze
This relaxing hiking trip through the lovely Bavarian Lake District begins in Munich. Both beginners and advanced hikers alike come here. With daily walking time a maximum of five hours, it is easy to hike. On the two mountain days, just after the Kochelsee, the effort is rewarded with breath taking views. On the way there are always rustic alpine huts to find to build up your strength to push towards Garmisch and past turquoise blue lakes and beautiful waterfalls. Shortly before the finish, one last summit is to be conquered, with a direct view of the wonderful Wetterstein mountains and the impressive Zugspitze massif. An unforgettable sight, and well worth the effort.
From Garmisch to Meran – the diversity of three Alpine countries
The Olympic city of Garmisch is highly regarded as a winter sports region, but it also strikes at the heart of hikers. All around, an imposing mountain backdrop shows off the impressive Zugspitze towering over everything. The route leads past typical Bavarian beer gardens as you gradually get closer to the border with Austria. From Telfs to Landeck, the train bridges the route. The next day we climb up to the Reschenpass, on to the Mutzkopf and to the famous border triangle between Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Now South Tyrol is waiting for you, and once you arrive there, you will be met with countless grape vines and magnificent orchards all around. The last day is marked by a panorama - the legendary Tappeiner Promanade leads into the centre of the Mediterranean-influenced spa town of Meran.
From Meran to Lake Garda – a ‘young hikers classic’
Within just a few years, this hiking trip has become a real ‘classic’. No wonder, you get the best sides of South Tyrol, the Brenta Dolomites and Trentino combined in the most pleasant way! It starts in Merano, and soon Trentino exudes its irresistible charm and the rugged mountains of Brenta Dolomites make you almost reverent. After the unspoiled meadows of the Lomason velley, we will go up again to the Rifugio Monte San Pietro. There you just want to enjoy the moment and the unsurpassable views over the ‘Lago di Garda’. Soon, as you head down to Riva del Garda your thoughts turn to the excellent Italian cuisine, cappuccino and gelato, awaiting you on the shores of the deep blue lake.
From Lake Garda to Venice – from Lake to lagoon city
From Riva del Garda you turn back north, to the vineyards of the Sarca Valley. The route leads over Trient, on pilgrim paths and through a huge rockfall area, like a desert of stone. For a while you march along the old Roman road Via Claudia Augusta to Lago di Levico. The green river Brenta leads the way to the Bassano del Grappa wine region. Immediately after the famous “Ponte Vecchio” you will find a cosy spot to savour a glass of wine. Through the natural park of the river Sile, wooden walkways and bridges lead to Quarto d’Altino, by train and bus you arrive at the legendary destination: Venice – the city of doge, gondolas and canals. Here a small grappa tasting on St Mark’s Square would go down well!