5 Bucket List European Hikes For The Summer

This summer I will be traversing Italy and Switzerland. Along the 4,000 km hike, my 10 year old daughter and I will be tackling some of the worlds most iconic routes in our proposed path across the countries. We will connect these hikes on our trek:

Via Francigena (Italy)
Tour du Mont Blanc (France)
Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland)
Grand Italian Trail
Grand Escursione Appeninica
GR5 (France)
Alta Via 2 (Italy)
St. Francis Way (Italy)

Beyond these long distance trails, there is a handful of shorter trails that are on my bucket list of European hikes. I’m hoping to cross these 5 hikes, ranging from a single day to a whole week off my to do list in Europe:

1. Hardergrat (Switzerland)

A long ridge hike connecting Interlaken to Brienz in Switzerland, this has been dubbed by many, the best hike in the world. It’s a hair raising one foot wide path, with 5,000′ of elevation gain along the 30km+ distance.

2. Alta Via 1 Dolomiti (Italy)

120 km hike from Belluno to Dobiacco in the Dolomites. There are some of the most breathtaking views in Europe along this route. The Alta Via 1 typically takes a week to finish.


3. Cinque Terre (Italy)

Along the Ligurian Coast of Italy, Cinque Terre (5 Lands), connects a handful of scenic villages together with a rigorous coastal path that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Italy. The hike can be done in one exhausting day by a fit hiker.


4. Cliff Walk of Grindlewald (Switzerland)

I’m not much for heights, but this very short day hike looks spectacular!

5. Run From Sparta to Athens (Greece)

I guess some elite runners traverse the 153 miles in one day. That’s not me. I’m thinking running a marathon six days in a row seems doable.

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