Alpe-Adria Trail

by Rudolf Abraham

Alpe-Adria Trail

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A new, thoroughly updated edition of the first and only English-language guide to the epic 750 km hiking route through the mountains of Austria, Slovenia and Italy, from the foot of the Grossglockner (at 3,798m, the highest peak in Austria and the Eastern Alps) to Muggia near Trieste on the Adriatic coast. Detailed maps and route descriptions for all 43 stages of the route are included, with a clear breakdown of time, distance and ascent for each stage. Published in a small, handy-sized format which is easy to pack and carry, it is written by an expert who has authored over half a dozen hiking guides and who specialises in Eastern and Central Europe. He has been a regular visitor to the borderlands of Slovenia, Austria and Italy for over 15 years, as well as living for two years in neighbouring Croatia.
The Alpe-Adria route is well marked, relatively easy to walk and is suitable for hikers of all abilities as well as families - a point which is emphasised in the guide. The route takes in spectacular, unspoilt mountain scenery, alpine lakes, rolling coastal hills, beautiful villages and several national parks and nature reserves. An introduction covering the history, wildlife, flora and geography of the area is included, along with accommodation details for each stage and information on local public transport, culture, food and language.

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Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Eastern and Central Europe. He has been a regular visitor to the borderlands of Slovenia, Austria and Italy for over 15 years, and lived for two years in neighbouring Croatia. He is the author of more than half a dozen hiking guides (including the first English language guidebooks to hiking in Croatia and Montenegro) as well as several other books, and has contributed to many more, including several books on art and architecture. His work is published widely in magazines.

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Contents

Introduction
PART ONE - GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and geology, Climate, Wildlife, Plants, History, Language

Chapter 2 Practical Information
The Alpe-Adria Trail - a summary
When to hike, Highlights and route planning, Alpe-Adria Trail booking offices, Tourist offices, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Public transport, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Money, Budgeting, Opening hours, Telephone numbers and mobile phones, Internet, Public holidays and festivals, Other outdoor activities, Travelling with kids, Maps and apps, Trail markings, Long-distance hiking: travelling light, Health, Emergency phone numbers, Safety in the mountains, Low-impact trekking

PART TWO - THE ROUTE
Stage 1: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe - Heiligenblut
Stage 2: Heiligenblut - Döllach
Stage 3: Döllach - Marterle
Stage 4: Marterle - Stall
Stage 5: Stall - Innerfragant
Stage 6: Innerfragant - Mallnitz
Stage 7: Mallnitz - Obervellach
Stage 8: Obervellach - Danielsberg
Stage 9: Danielsberg - Hühnersberg
Stage 10: Hühnersberg - Gmünd
Stage 11: Gmünd - Seeboden
Stage 12: Seeboden - Millstätter Alpe
Stage 13: Millstätter Alpe - Döbriach
Stage 14: Döbriach - Langalmtal
Stage 15: Langalmtal - Falkerthaus
Stage 16: Falkerthaus - Bad Kleinkirchheim
Stage 17: Bad Kleinkirchheim - Arriach
Stage 18: Arriach - Gerlitzen Alpe
Stage 19: Gerlitzen Alpe - Ossiach
Stage 20: Ossiach - Velden
Stage 21: Velden - Baumgartnerhöhe
Stage 22: Baumgartnerhöhe - Kranjska Gora
Stage 23: Kranjska Gora - Trenta
Stage 24: Trenta - Bovec
Stage 25: Bovec - Dreznica
Stage 26: Dreznica - Tolmin
Stage 27: Tolmin - Tribil di Sopra
Stage 28: Tribil di Sopra - Cividale
Stage 29: Cividale - Breg
Stage 30: Breg - Smartno
Stage 31: Smartno - Cormons
Stage 32: Cormons - Gradisca d'Isonzo
Stage 33: Gradisca d'Isonzo - Duino
Stage 34: Duino - Prosecco
Stage 35: Prosecco - Lipica
Stage 36: Lipica - Bagnoli della Rosandra
Stage 37: Bagnoli della Rosandra - Muggia
Stage C1: Faak am See - Warmbad Villach
Stage C2: Warmbad Villach - Nötsch im Gailtal
Stage C3: Nötsch im Gailtal - Valbruna
Stage C4: Valbruna - Tarvisio
Stage C5: Tarvisio - Rifugio Zacchi
Stage C6: Rifugio Zacchi - Kranjska Gora
Stage C7: Kranjska Gora - Faak am See

Appendices
Appendix 1: Gateway cities
Appendix 2: Language
Appendix 3: Further reading
Appendix 4: Websites and apps
Index