The Alps-Adriatic region is a natural and cultural region which enjoys a favourable climate and extends from the southern side of the Alps to the sea. The heartfelt connection between man and nature is reflected in the varied, harmonious and vital cultural and natural landscape. People have been attracted to this region in search of peace and energy since time immemorial. As you hike from the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern along lakes, streams and rivers until you reach the Adriatic coast, you can discover the cultural variety of three different countries which are united by a long shared history. The beauty and magic of the landscape leave an unforgettable mark on everyone who hikes here.
The Alpe-Adria-Trail runs along existing paths, connects them and hence has all the character of a hiking trail. On each stage there are several landmarks which substantially influence the rhythm of hiking. In future each stage will include at least one “magic place”, a special place where the four elements are in harmony. These places already exist, and are “jewels of the landscape” of great intensity for all who see them. They are inviting spots to stop for a while with gentle interventions, and will enable you not only to see the landscape, but to feel it as well.
The Alpe-Adria-Trail has been designed mainly with pleasure hikers in mind. The Trail runs through the non-Alpine area and as far as possible there are only slight differences in altitude. The stages are around 20 km long and each take about 6 hours to walk, and by the middle of June 2012 they will be consistently signposted. Each stage leads along a defined route which can be walked in both directions. Each stage also offers at least one attractive culinary offering and ends in a place with suitable overnight accommodation options.
The Alpe-Adria-Trail connects the three regions of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia in a total of 43 stages. This long distance hiking trail leads from the foot of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, through the most beautiful mountain and lake regions in Carinthia, and without any major detours leads close to the point where the three countries of Austria, Italy and Slovenia intersect at the Dreiländereck, and then on towards Trieste and the Adriatic.