Stone bridge in Brda

Alpe Adria Trail

A long-distance trail linking three countries – Austria, Slovenia, and Italy

    Hike in the Garden of Eden of three countries – Alpe Adria Trail

    Alpe Adria Trail long-distance hiking trail is a 750-km trail running through the most beautiful parts of three countries. The trail is well-maintained and marked, and will take you from Austria, through Slovenia, all the way to Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy.

    If you enjoy hiking and would like to embark on a several-day tour, the Alpe Adria long-distance hiking trail is just the right challenge for you.

     

    The Alpe Adria Trail is approximately 750 kilometres long and has 43 stages. It is a joint project of the three countries – Austria (Kärnten Werbung), Slovenia (Slovenian Tourist Board), and Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia Tourist Board).

    Alpe Adria Trail

    Alpe Adria Trail via Vršič
    Photo: Uros Ledinek

    The Alpe Adria Trail is suitable for hikers of all abilities. The stages are 17 to 25 km long. Each stage can be completed in 5 to 7 hours. Stages run along existing hiking trails that are connected and have a common theme – Hiking in the Garden of Eden. The trail is well marked and there is a sculpture placed at the beginning and end of each stage describing the previous and next stages, as well as your current location.

     

    There are many accommodations at the end of each stage. Some of the accommodations in Slovenia are especially tailored for hikers and offer them additional services. Read more in the article “With hikers in mind”.

    The Alpe Adria Trail

    How demanding is the Alpe Adria Trail?

     

    Alpe Adria Trail is not demanding because of any technically demanding sections or ferratas, but because of the length of the trail. The Alpe Adria Trail is a medium-difficulty hiking tour. Hiking from the Grossglockner, past lakes and streams all the way to the Adriatic coast, you discover the cultural diversity of three countries that share a long history. Along the trail, you cross three countries and learn about three cultures, three languages, and three cuisines.

     

    The length of the daily hikes, the altitude difference and the difficulty of the ascents vary between the stages. Take the trail properly prepared and you will easily meet the challenge of hiking up to eight hours and 25 km a day, plus up to 1,000 metres of altitude difference.

     

    When planning your tour, select the stages that suit you best. While the best time for hiking is from May to October, conditions in some parts of Slovenia and Italy are suitable throughout the year.

    Impressions from the Alps Adria Trail via Slovenia

    Embrace the magic of hiking and enjoy the unforgettable experiences of the Alpe Adria Trail’s Garden of Eden.

    Where does the Alpe Adria Trail run?

     

    Hiking through the Garden of Eden, unspoiled nature and the joy of movement are at the foreground. The Alpe Adria Trail starts at an altitude of 2,500 metres. The trail takes you across different landscapes, a glacier, lakes, rivers, forests, as well as wine-growing areas, Karst and the Adriatic coast. Each stage is well-marked and can be hiked in both directions. Every day, you discover new natural attractions and exciting places that leave you with unforgettable impressions and moments.

     

    Stages 1 to 21 run through neighbouring Austria. Embarking on the first stage of the Alpe Adria Trail, you encounter Austria’s highest peak, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps, and the mighty Gößnitzfall waterfall. The second stage lets you experience the unspoiled nature and cultural landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park. After endless panoramic views over Austrian Carinthia and the Austrian lakes, the trail reaches stage 22, which takes you across to Slovenia.

     

    The Slovenian and Italian stages of the Alpe Adria Trail are intertwined, so you cross the border between the two countries quite a few times.

    Plan your hike with an interactive map detailing individual Alpe Adria Trail stages and the free Alpe Adria Trail app.

    Always on the right track

    Use the interactive map to find your perfect outdoor experience. Always in the right place at the right time on the right path.

    Alpe Adria Trail in Slovenia

     

    The Alpe Adria Trail crosses Slovenia in eight stages. In stage 22 you cross the Austrian-Slovenian border. The trail takes you from Austrian Carinthia across the Karavanke range to Slovenia. The first Slovenian stage ends in Kranjska Gora, taking you into the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps. The Slovenian part of the Alpe Adria Trail takes you past Lake Jasna, across the Vršič mountain pass into the Trenta Valley, along the valley of the emerald-green Soča River (Soča Valley), past Bovec and the nearby Virje Waterfall, through Žaga and Drežnica below Mt Krn, before reaching Tolmin. You then continue along old military trails to the Solarie Pass, where you cross into Italy.

     

    Further on, you hike through Goriška Brda, a wine-growing area of renowned beauty and unique character. You also cross the Karst region, which is at its most beautiful in the autumn. Regarded as the most picturesque part of Slovenia, it will surely win your heart.

    E31 Kozana

    E31 Alpe Adria Trai  – Kozana

    The Slovenian stages of the trail offer many opportunities for well-deserved meals at restaurants, mountain huts and traditional inns.

     

    If you prefer a shorter hiking tour, you can also choose any of the individual stages. We can arrange luggage transfer between individual stages. Some stages will also delight children with their many attractions along the way.

     

    We wish you an unforgettable experience hiking the trail!