No Trace of Boredom: hiking with a cultural twist

CULTURE AND HIKING ARE A PERFECT MATCH. FIND OUT IN THE FOLLOWING BLOG WHICH EUROHIKE HOLIDAYS OFFER THE OPTIMUM BLISS OF BOTH COMBINED!

The most beautiful routes to treasures well worth a visit

Over hill and dale to the next cultural asset… This is the exact motto of the three proposed Eurohike hiking holidays. Hiking across stunning scenic sections and the focus always on cultural highlights and fabulous legends. No matter whether you walk along the beautiful blue Danube marvelling at the Wachau region with its castle ruins and monasteries or hike along Roman trails. Hiking and culture are a match made in heaven. Also on the so-called ‘Green Island’ - Ireland, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, there are probably unusual objects to gaze in amazement.

A proposal: Read over the routes for the three cultural holidays in three different countries and after that decide, which holiday resonates with your heart!

The World Heritage Trail Wachau: Wine and Culture along the Danube

Along the beautiful blue river Danube – goes The Blue Danube waltz composed by Johann Strauss (son) long ago. Over eight days you walk along the World Heritage Trail across the picturesque Wachau region. Countless vineyards and apricot trees line your hiking route and every few metres you get to marvel at a cultural landmark. Discover the prison cell of Richard the Lionhearted at Dürnstein castle or stroll within the thick walls of Göttweig monastery. A glass of sprite Grüner Veltliner on the side in the Sandgrube 13 and a snack platter in a wine tavern (‘Heuriger’) in the Kellergassen-alleyways of Krems. As a crowning finale you get to enjoy a boat ride on the river Danube, past Spitz, Krems and Weißenkirchen. Tip: Visit the castle ruin Aggsbach. The lookout towers and the inside of the castle compensate for the ascent!

Do you love a cold glass of wine enjoyed between the quaint vines? Please find all information regarding the hiking holiday World Heritage Trail Wachau here! 

Be a guest on the ‘Green Island’… 

Mighty waves crashing against the cliffs. Endless ocean spray. You are standing high up on top of the possibly most spectacular and at the same time most popular place of Ireland – the cliffs of Moher. Where does the sea hit the cliff coast with a bigger vengeance than at these majestic cliffs? On Day 3 out of a total of eight you walk along Ireland’s Western Way through the famous ruins of Dùn Aenghus.

 

-Irelands Western Way

At the pass of Maum Ean you will surely get goosebumps: this mystic place is packed with Celtic crosses and a statue of St. Patrick. A must-have photo opportunity. Experience the lush green meadows, the uniquely dreamy atmosphere in Kilronnan, when the sun sinks into the sea at the horizon! Enjoy a glass of the ‘Black Stuff’ as Guinness beer is called by the Irish and experience a dream holiday along the Irish coastline.

Along Roman Tracks: the Via Claudia Augusta

An ancient cultural and trade route of the Roman Empire is brought to life again. You walk along Roman tracks on the Via Claudia Augusta. This road was once built by Emperor Claudius to improve the connection of the Adriatic port Altinum (situated at the lagoon of Venice) with the river Danube. Roam through South Tyrolean orchards and vineyards for seven or nine consecutive days. Each day you pass by cultural treasures such as Reinhold Messner’s Mountain Museum or Churvburg castle. On Day 5 you get acquainted with Joval Palace towering high above the Schnalstal-valley. Culture enthusiasts get to look forward to the Mediterranean city of Merano. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers you walk along the Passer-promenade. Tip: Have you ever been to the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Palace? Never? Then we highly recommend you visit and check out the exotic plant world!

Click here for Isabella’s Travelogue of the Via Claudia Augusta!

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Tour character
Walking
Austria

World Heritage Trail Wachau

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Here in the Wachau area the Danube is even more beautiful than anywhere else. The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for orchards and vineyards. Our hiking week leads thought the long-distance trail "World Heritage Trail Wachau" along the ridges of the Danube valley. On the varied walking routes you can enjoy magnificent views of one of Austria's oldest cultural landscapes with characteristic vineyards, apricot gardens and the impressive Danube stream in the valley. A varied walking tour leads past steep rocks, across soft hills and through aromatic vineyards. Little hamlets dot the landscape and apart from the famous wine, delicious apricot delicacies belong to the outstanding regional specialities.
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Tour character
Walking
Italy

Lake Reschensee – Lake Kalterer-See

9 Days | Self-guided tour
During your hiking week you will discover one of South Tyrol‘s most beautiful sections located between the Vinschgau region and the southern wine route, causing hikers hearts to leap for joy. The tour starts at the well-known Lake Reschensee, surrounded by marvellous mountain panorama and with a view onto the snow-covered Ortler-massif. The route leads you along fabulous high-altitude paths high above the fertile Vinschgau-valley towards Merano. Enjoy the view onto splendid vineyards and orchards, numerous castles and palaces along the way and amongst others Reinhold Messners Mountain Museum. The Mediterranean spa town of Merano with its thermal springs offers tremendous opportunities for relaxation before you proceed into the wine region around Lake Kalterer-See as a crowning finale. Get all information and many more tour tips for our hiking tours in South Tyrol.
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Tour character
Walking
Ireland

Ireland's Western Way

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Ireland is a country of contrasts: one day rough and spectacular and then again quite quiet and idyllic. Especially in the West there is one highlight after another. The first one are the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The route along the escarpment is considered one of the most stunning coastal hikes in the world. After that tranquility follows on the Aran Islands. You will encounter a languorous ambience in Kilronnan, when the sun sets over the sea on the horizon. Onwards along the Great Western Way, which leads you through moor landscapes and along picturesque lakes to the one and only fjord in Connemara.
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