Bask in the beauty of Europe’s many idyllic walking locations; with a vast array of destinations to choose from you’re spoilt for choice. When walking in any of the following locations, you will be surrounded by a constant flux of new and stimulating sights, allowing you to enjoy areas and places where a crowded tour bus can’t reach. It's difficult to narrow down where to walk, however the following locations are certainly not ones to miss.
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post card worthy Alpine scenery is one of the world’s most beautiful scenes. The network of mountains and lakes exudes a tranquil ambiance, perfect for any walking holiday. You don’t have to be an expert or hardcore enthusiast; if your legs long for a break you can sit back and relax in a cable car, and feast your eyes on breath-taking, unrivaled views. The famous region of Salzkammergut
is considered one of the world’s most beautiful areas and it’s not difficult to see why. There’s a lot more to the Austrian Lake District then simply being aesthetically pleasing- for those with a hungry and inquisitive mind there are plenty of wonders to explore such as the Dachstein
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Finland’s Taiga forest is a world you’ll find hard to leave behind. A natural bliss, the forest is full of endangered wildlife like the brown bear and wolverine. With natural wonders including countless lakes, it epitomizes everything a perfect walking location should be. The range of wildlife watching and outdoor activities adds an extra element to your walking holiday, creating an abundance of choices to keep you busy!
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The famous Tatranska Magistrala inspires awe with its beautiful, unrivaled views of the mountains that surround the border between Poland
. The red marked trail of Tatranska Magistral follows the Tatras from east to west, commencing at the Velke Biele. Prepare yourself for a 16 hours walk at least and make sure you’re equipped with a sturdy pair of hiking boots and rainproof clothing. Popradske Lake
is a beautiful attraction on the trail with its clear blue water. The lake has provoked interest from travelers and hikers alike- since the beginning of the 20th century, memorial signs were scattered across the mountains to mark the memory of those that had lost their lives. It is often regarded as the “symbolic cemetery” and is worth seeing.
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It may be amongst the most obvious of choices; Corsica’s GR20
is a must. Walk among a tranquil path with the stunning backdrop of mountains and valleys. The trail consists of two main parts, divided by the north and the south. Expect unbounded beauty in the north, but prepare yourself for a much more difficult hike with steep and rocky paths. In contrast, the south is simpler and easier to walk- suitable for less experienced hikers. Cirque de la Solitude is infamous for its risk factor; hikers virtually have to descend 300 vertical metres. Many walkers dread this stage of the trail but agree that the triumphant feeling after completing justifies any previous worry or concern.
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