European Hikes

The 50 Best Hikes And Walking Trails In Europe

The landscape on this continent is so varied and rich, that European walks are among the very best in the world.

From relaxed seaside strolls to dense wood trails and sweeping meadows, there’s hikes for all levels of fitness. It’s time to ditch the car and get out on foot and really enjoy the local landscape. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the spectacular scenery that Europe has to offer.

These are the walks and hikes in Europe that are so pretty and so rewarding that you could plan an entire holiday around them.

Be prepared to be wowed by the wonder of nature with our pick of the 50 best European walks…

The 50 Best Walks & Hikes in EuropeHow do these rankings work?

50th. Westweg Trail – Germany

Why is it special? It’s in one of the great European forests and the source of the Danube. There’s lots of great scenery as well as food and drink spots along the way.

Is it difficult? Medium. There are some steep ascents.

How long does it take? At 285km you can choose to do the whole thing, or pick smaller pieces of the walk. So it really is up to you. The entire route takes between 13-14 days.

49th. Mount Triglav – Slovenia

Why is it special? The views along the way are absolutely breathtaking. It is also relatively quiet so you will have plenty of peace and quiet along the way.

Is it difficult? Yes! If you go all the way to the top it is 2868m.

How long does it take? About 12 hours for an experienced hiker with good fitness.

48th. Camønoen – Denmark

Why is it special?  A stunning 175km hike across the southern islands of Møn, Nyord and Bogø that lets you become one with nature

Is it difficult? If you do the entire hike it is challenging in parts. The terrain is relatively forgiving however, if you want to break it into smaller parts.

How long does it take? Anywhere between 8-10 days if you are experienced and want to complete the entire trail.

47th. Laugavegur – Iceland

Why is it special? The scenery and the fact that it feels like you could be on another planet. The feeling of complete escape from the real world is superb. One of the all time great European walks.

Is it difficult? Yes, because the weather is a big factor.

How long does it take? 3-4 days.

46th. Mount Vesuvius –  Italy

Why is it special? One of the most famous volcanoes in the world located just outside the town of Naples in Italy. It is steeped in history and offers stunning vistas of the area.

Is it difficult? Getting here is not especially hard. You can choose to just do a smaller portion if you prefer.

How long does it take? A maximum of 30 minutes up and 20 minutes down.

45th. Eze Village to Eze Beach – France

Why is it special? The views out along the Cote D’azur are absolutely breathtaking. There are great restaurants and bars at the top where you can reward yourself for the climb.

Is it difficult? It is steep, but manageable for nearly all levels of fitness if you take your time.

How long does it take? Between 15 minutes and an hour depending on how hard you push it.

44th. Haute Route – Switzerland

Why is it special? You’ll be crossing the alps between the French and Swiss sides from Chamonix to Zermatt. The route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps so the views are spectacular. European walks don’t come much prettier than this.

Is it difficult? Very…

How long does it take? 10-12 days

43rd. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley – Andora

Why is it special? The national park is in the south-east of the Principality of Andorra and occupies 10% of the country’s territory, spanning 4,247 hectares. The rock formations and natural beauty will take your breath away.

Is it difficult? There are hikes for all levels.

How long does it take? It really depends on how long you want to stay and enjoy the beauty. Anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours is possible.

42nd. The Black Pond Tatra Mountains – Poland

Why is it special? Everybody thinks of the alps in Europe, but this mountain range spread between Poland and Slovakia offers stunning beauty and is less crowded.

Is it difficult? There are a huge range of hikes. From the incredibly easy and flat to peaks that are 2,500m high.

How long does it take? Anywhere between 20 minutes and 2-3 days depending on what route you take.

41st. The Dingle Way – Ireland

Why is it special? This rugged Western coast of Ireland is a mixture of vivid greens, mountains and spectacular coastlines.

Is it difficult? In parts, yes. It is 180km long though, so you can choose smaller parts if you are not a super fit hiker.

How long does it take? 8-9 days if you want to do the full thing.

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40th. Coastal Hike Jūrkalne to Pāvilosta – Latvia

Why is it special? Breathtaking shoreline in a gorgeous part of the world. The landscape that comes down to meet the water is gorgeous. A far as European walks go this is as good as it gets.

Is it difficult? Not especially although the tides can make some parts impassable.

How long does it take? 21km long so a full day if you do the entire route

39th. Samaria Gorge – Greece

Why is it special? Thin gorges with spots that you can barely squeeze between. This is a photographers dream spot and is one of the best hikes in Europe.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? This walk usually takes between 5-7 hours.

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38th. The Semois Valley – Belgium

Why is it special? Beautiful lush and dense forest that offers perfect solitude and quiet.

Is it difficult? Medium, although you can choose to do smaller easier hikes in the area.

How long does it take? If you do “the ladder walk” in the link above it will take you between 3-5 hours.

37th. Dream Trail – Munich to Venice

Why is it special? The chance to hike between two of the most iconic cities in Europe for a once in a lifetime adventure.

Is it difficult? Yes in parts. You need to be extremely fit as it’s long distance walking.

How long does it take? 522km that will probably take you a minimum of 3 weeks.

36th. Teplice Rock Towns – Czech Republic

Why is it special? Trek to see some of the most unusual and beautiful rock formations in the world.

Is it difficult? Medium. It can be a little steep.

How long does it take? 1 hour or more if you want to explore different areas.

35th. GR20 – Corsica

Why is it special? A long distance trail that crossed this majestic island from North to South. Beautiful rugged landscape, quality views of the sea and gorgeous peaks.

Is it difficult? It varies. If you do the whole thing you will need to be very experienced.

How long does it take? 2 weeks if you complete it all, but you can easily dip in and out.

34th. Seven Rila Lakes – Bulgaria

Why is it special? Seven lakes in close proximity that were formed by glaciers and which are surrounded by stunning peaks.

Is it difficult? You can take a cable car to the top, so it’s not hard. Hiking it on the other hand is medium to hard depending on the routes you select.

How long does it take? 2-3 hours will give you a good overview.

33rd. Pico de Arieiro – Madeira, Portugal

Why is it special? You climb to 1,862m above sea level for sweeping panoramic views of this paradise island.

Is it difficult? Yes! It’s one of the best hikes in Europe, but it’s steep.

How long does it take? An absolute minimum of 5-6 hours.

32nd. Rysy Trek – Poland

Why is it special? The highest peak in the country with views that sweep across the country from 2,500m high.

Is it difficult? Medium. You can drive to individual trails.

How long does it take? Anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how much you take on.

31st. El Caminito Del Rey – Spain

Why is it special? El Caminito del Rey Path is placed in the middle of multi-layered natural surroundings that consist of reservoirs, mountains, gorges and valleys. There is something for everybody on this hike. One of the truly great European walks.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? A total length of the route is 7.7 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km long boardwalks

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30th. Paklenica – Croatia

Why is it special? A beautiful national park that combines mountains, forests and lush landscape that was made for hiking.

Is it difficult? It depends which path you choose. There is something for everybody.

How long does it take? There are 150km of hiking trails so it is up to you.

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29th. Hot Spring Route – Iceland

Why is it special? Discover breathtaking Iceland during a multi-day trek. Hike from shelter to shelter past volcanos, hot springs and geysers on one of the most beautiful walking routes in the world and end your trip at the famous “Blue Lagoon”.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? 5 Days.

28th. Snowdonia – Wales

Why is it special? Standing tall over the village of Llanberis, Snowdon is a part of a close-knit family of jagged peaks and can offer views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? 6 hours.

27th. Bornholm – Denmark

Why is it special? Waterfalls, caves, forests, beaches and all sorts of other rugged scenery make this a brilliant hike.

Is it difficult? It ranges from easy to super hard.

How long does it take? At 120 km it can be anywhere between 4-6 days.

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26th. Seven Hanging Valleys Trail – Portugal

Why is it special? Stunning views, coves, geology and sunsets. The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail is not to be missed, Here, the turquoise ocean has conspired with the warm-coloured cliffs to create the quintessential Algarvian seascape.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 4-6 hours to do it in full.

25th. Loop hike in Velka Fatra mountains – Slovakia

Why is it special? Long sweeping valleys that offer some superb views for moderate hikers as well as more challenging peaks for professionals.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 18km, so about 6 hours.

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24th. Fagaras Mountains – Romania

Why is it special? A beautifully barely touched mountain range that offers a huge variety of hikes for people of all experiences.

Is it difficult? Depending on the hike it ranges from easy to expert.

How long does it take? Anything from 1 hour to several days.

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23rd. Roseberry Topping – England

Why is it special?As soon as the distinctive profile of Roseberry Topping appears on the horizon, your eye can’t help but be drawn to it. A perfectly manageable hike for people of all levels.

Is it difficult? No.

How long does it take? Less than an hour.

22nd. Loop Of Gozo – Malta

Why is it special? The smaller island to Malta is a quiet and quaint spot where time has stood still to create a charming atmosphere. Stunning scenery and turquoise water helps the look.

Is it difficult? Not for the most part.

How long does it take? 50km over 2-3 days but most people choose to do smaller chunks of it.

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21st. Pyhä Mountain Peak – Finland

Why is it special? Lush landscape in the summer with ample tracks, trails and landscape for walking and biking. A peaceful place to get away from it all. One of the epic European walks.

Is it difficult? There are many trails and they all vary in levels of difficulty.

How long does it take? Anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 day.

20th. Picos de Europa TrailSpain

Why is it special? Everything is stunning in this northern Spanish landscape: the rocky peaks, the gorges, the valleys, the vast glacial lakes, the leafy forests… and the best way to see them is on foot. You can rest assured that you’ll be absolutely amazed at everything you see. European walks don’t get much better than this.

Is it difficult? It varies from easy to expert.

How long does it take? 30 short hikes. Two long ones. There are also 4 mountain climbs.

19th. Sörmlandsleden Trail – Sweden

Why is it special? Sörmlandsleden is 1000 kilometres of beautiful rambling and hiking through the cultural landscape of Sörmland, full of history, deep forests, rugged rocky knolls and dark glittering lakes.

Is it difficult? Easy to hard, depending on what you choose.

How long does it take? Anywhere from 1 hour to 10 days.

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18th. Eagles Walk – Austria

Why is it special?As the eagle flies, the Eagle Walk runs through Tirol – the whole length of the country, from east to west. Viewing the map you will realise that the walk symbolizes a proud eagle spreading its wings all over Tirol.

Is it difficult? Yes. It’s long, and steep.

How long does it take? The 413-kilometre trail is broken up into 33 stages with a total elevation gain of 31,000 meters.

17th. Ladder of Kotor – Montenegro

Why is it special? A beautiful hike that takes you to the summit and lets you look out over the stunning Kotor Bay.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 4-6 hours depending on how many stops you make along the way.

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16th. Eino Leino Trail – Finland

Why is it special? A natural hiking area that is a national park packed full of waterfalls, dense wood, lakes and amazing rivers.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? 10km, so several hours depending on your pace.

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15th. Cinque Terre Mountain Trail – Italy

Why is it special? These internationally famous five cliffside villages are among the prettiest in the world, and a beacon for tourists from around the world.

Is it difficult? Easy to medium.

How long does it take? There are several different trails but the main one is 40-60 minutes.

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14th. Cuilcagh Way – Northern Ireland

Why is it special? The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over farm tracks, boardwalk and mountain path. A steep climb is required to reach the 666 metre summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 8km, so several hours depending on your fitness.

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13th. Rota Vicentina – Portugal

Why is it special? A hike that gives you a real insight into the real Portugal, with some stunning scenery and great stops for food and drink along the way.

Is it difficult? Easy to hard depending on the route you choose.

How long does it take? With 750km of trails, the choice is yours.

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12th. Goethe’s Path – Germany

Why is it special? The perfect balance between local German culture and nature, all within a hike that is perfect for a one day activity. European walks don’t get much better than this.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? 20km so the best part of a full day.

11th. West Highland Way – Scotland

Why is it special? It takes in everything from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.

Is it difficult? Yes, in parts.

How long does it take? 154km so a week of walking, but you can sample smaller parts of it easily.

10th. Giglach Lakes – Austria

Why is it special? An epic multi-day hike in the Austrian Alps. The trail runs along the summits and ridgelines of the Schladminger Tauern mountains and drops into idyllic valleys and alpine cirques.

Is it difficult? Very!

How long does it take? Usually a 5-day hike is best.

9th. Somme Battlefields Remembrance Circuit – France

Why is it special? One of the most important historical sites in the world and a great way to remember why peace is so important.

Is it difficult? No.

How long does it take? Anything from 1 hour to a day, depending on how long you want to stay and how much you want to take in.

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8th. Scafell Pike – England

Why is it special? Scafell Pike, at 978 metres, is England’s highest mountain and war memorial, cared for by the National Trust as a result of a gift after the war.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? Anywhere from 1 – 4 hours depending on how much of it you take on.

7th. Alta Via 1 – Italy

Why is it special? The Dolomites are like an endless canvass painting with sweeping valleys, big jagged peaks and big skies that will take your breath away.

Is it difficult? Yes. It’s one of the most famous hikes in Europe for a reason.

How long does it take? 120km spread over 8 days

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6th. Tour du Mont Blanc – France

Why is it special? One of the most famous mountains in the world and you get you take in 3 countries and 10.000 meters in altitude over the course of the hike.

Is it difficult? Yes.

How long does it take? 60 hours.

5th. Circumventing The Matterhorn – Switzerland

Why is it special? One of the most iconic mountains in the world (you might recognise it from the Toblerone logo.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 44km, so it takes 18 hours minimum.

4th. The Wicklow Way – Ireland

Why is it special? A gorgeous walk through the Wicklow mountains that starts just outside the capital Dublin and which is very accessible. The perfect way to see the patchwork green beauty of the lush Irish countryside.

Is it difficult? Medium.

How long does it take? 132km so about a week for the full loop, but you can dip in and out for smaller bite-sized walks.

3rd. Camino De Santiago – Spain

Why is it special? The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. One of the all time great European walks.

Is it difficult? Medium – you can go at your own pace but the route is lengthy.

How long does it take? 780km is the most popular route, which takes several weeks.

2nd. Trolltunga Hike – Norway

Why is it special? One of the most spectacular views in the world.

Is it difficult? Medium to hard.

How long does it take? 22km round trip, so at least 12 hours.

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1st. Kungsleden Trail – Sweden

Why is it special? You can walk it in the summer or ski it in the winter. An epic journey through the super rural Scandinavian Mountain Range that will move you in ever way imaginable. One of the most epic European walks you will ever take on.

Is it difficult? Yes.

How long does it take? 400km, so several weeks if you do the whole thing.

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Thanks for sharing wonderful article on best europe walk hikes.
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We did a multi-day trek in Iceland and the scenery left us speechless. There are lots of nice recommendations here thanks for sharing!

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really good selection. In some of the places listed above I was – it is very beautiful. Last place I was – Trolltunga