Trekking Europe has become our favorite pastime. Each year, we’re on a mission to hike more and write about all our favorite trails. For the purpose of this post, we’ve compiled all our favorite treks in Europe. These treks are multi-day hikes ranging from 3 to 10 days. Most of these European treks are hut to hut, which means you’ll overnight in mountain huts (rifugios) along the way. For help with packing, read our personal hut to hut hiking packing list

You’ll notice that most of these trails are not well known. Most round-ups of top treks in Europe include GR20, E5 European long-distance hiking trail, Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB), Walker’s Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt), Camino De Santiago Trail, and Laugavegurinn (aka Laugavegur). Our collection strays far off the beaten path to some of the most underrated and interesting hiking destinations in Europe. Keep reading to discover the top treks in Europe.

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Best Treks in Europe

A collection of thrilling multi-day hiking trails in Europe for the offbeat adventurer.

  1. Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail, Portugal
  2. Berlin High Trail, Austria
  3. Schladminger Tauern High Trail, Austria 
  4. Triglav National Park Traverse, Slovenia
  5. Kamnik – Savinja Alps Traverse, Slovenia
  6. Rätikon High Trail Circuit, Austria and Switzerland 
  7. Rosengarten Traverse, Italian Dolomites 
  8. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek, Italian Dolomites
  9. Alta Via 1, Italian Dolomites

1. Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail, Portugal

Rota Vicentina Fisherman's Trail, Portugal - Best Treks in Europe

  • Where: Costa Vicentina
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Accommodation: Hostels, or Guesthouses. Camping is possible in designated camping areas.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to hike: Spring (April, May), or Fall (October, November)
  • Where to stay before the trek: Porto Covo
  • Where to stay after the trek: Odeceixe

The Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail is a 4-day trek along Portugal’s wild and undeveloped Vicentina Coast. The trail starts in Porto Covo in Alentejo and ends in Odeceixe in the Algarve. Clinging to the coast almost the whole time, this thrilling multi-day hike gives you access to some of Portugal’s most remote beaches and cliffside villages.

Though camping in designated camping areas is possible, it’s not recommended. Most hikers will overnight in guesthouses and hostels along the route in the towns of Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Zambujeira do Mar, and Odeceixe. If you’re just getting into multi-day hiking (and you’re ambivalent about shared rooms and rustic facilities), this is a perfect place to start. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort in the name of adventure. You get both. And, you can even get your luggage transferred between destinations.  

Insider Tip: Make a reservation for dinner at Tasca do Celso before you arrive in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Learn More: Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail


2. Berlin High Trail, Austria

Berlin High Trail, Austria - Best Hikes in Europe

  • Where: Zillertal Alps, Tyrol
  • Duration: 5 – 8 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to hike: July, August, September
  • Where to stay before/after the trek: Mayrhofen

The Berlin High Trail showcases the best of the Zillertal Alps in Tyrol, Austria. It’s an unforgettable adventure replete with challenging ascents and descents, rustic and grand mountain huts, and unforgettable glacier and lake views. This high-alpine route takes 8 days, though you can easily customize the route for shorter periods of time. 

From the spellbinding views of the Schlegeisspeicher reservoir to the wine collection at Olpererhütte, this Austrian hut to hut hike is like no other.

This trail is best undertaken by experienced hikers, as there are some difficult passages along the route and some demanding descents. Though, no special equipment is needed. 

Insider Tip: Try to reserve a private room at Greizer Hütte, because the Lager (dormitory) is incredibly tight. 

Learn More: Berlin High Trail


3. Schladminger Tauern High Trail, Austria

Schladminger Tauern High Trail, Trek in Austria - Best Treks in Europe

  • Where: Styria and Salzburg
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to hike: July, August, September
  • Where to stay before/after the trek: Schladming

The Schladminger Tauern mountains are a subrange of the Austrian Central Alps and are located in the states of Salzburg and Styria (Steiermark). Virtually unknown to anyone outside of the German-speaking world, this secret European hiking destination shouldn’t be overlooked. 

There are two compelling reasons why you should hike the 5-day Schladminger Tauern High Trail. First, alpine lakes. Along the Schladminger Höhenweg, you’ll pass numerous pristine alpine lakes including Giglachseen and Landwirseen. The most impressive water-abundant destination along the route is Klafferkessel, a cirque containing more than 30 lakes. 

Second, cuisine. The food in the mountain huts is DELICIOUS, especially at Keinprechtshütte and Preintalerhütte.

Insider Tip: Order Kaiserschmarrn at Keinprechtshütte.

Learn more: Schladminger Tauern High Trail



4. Triglav National Park Traverse, Slovenia

Triglav National Park Traverse, Slovenia - Best Treks in Europe

  • Where: Julian Alps
  • Duration: 4- 5 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • When to hike: July, August, September
  • Where to stay before the trek: Kranjska Gora
  • Where to stay after the trek: Stara Fužina or Ribčev Laz

Triglav National Park is the largest protected area in Slovenia and encompasses a huge chunk of the Julian Alps (Julijske Alpe). The park’s name is derived from the highest mountain in Slovenia, Mount Triglav (2864 m). 

Most hiking trails in Slovenia are LONG (e.g. Slovenia Mountain Trail, Juliana Trail) and require weeks to complete. So, we created this custom hut to hut hike that highlights the best of the Julian Alps in a condensed period of time. You’ll see the high alpine plateau of Kriških podih, Mount Triglav, the Seven Lakes Valley, Luknja pass and the fairy tale pasture around Planini pri Jezeru

Though the length of the trail isn’t very long, the terrain is challenging at times and requires surefootedness and some scrambling. 

Insider tip: Look for Edelweiss around Kriških podih, but remember picking wildflowers is illegal. 

Learn More: Triglav National Park Traverse


5. Kamnik-Savinja Alps Traverse, Slovenia

Kamnik Savinja Alps Trek - Slovenia - Best Multi-day hikes in Europe

  • Where: Kamnik – Savinja Alps
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • When to hike: July, August, September
  • Where to stay before the trek: Kamnik
  • Where to stay after the trek: Zgornje Jezersko

Even lesser known than the Julian Alps, the Kamnik Alps are Central Europe’s best-kept secret. This 4-day hut-to-hut hike across the Kamnik Alps is for hikers who crave something challenging and altogether adventurous. High alpine hiking experience is an absolute must, as this is a no-bullshit trek. 

If you want to take in the beauty of the Kamnik – Savinja mountains from a less precarious position, head to the divinely beautiful Logar Valley

Insider Tip: Your backpack should be on the smaller side. We recommend the Osprey Kyte 36 (for women) and the Osprey Kestrel 38 (for men). Don’t bring anything larger than that.  

Learn More: Kamnik Savinja Alps Traverse


6. Rätikon Alps High Trail, Austria and Switzerland

Rätikon Alps Hut to Hut Hike - Best Treks in Europe - Multi-Day Hiking Trails

  • Where: Vorarlberg (Austria) and Graubünden (Switzerland)
  • Duration: 3- 5 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • When to Hike: July, August, September
  • Where to stay before/after the trek: Brandnertal

The Rätikon Alps straddle the border between Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. With its limestone peaks and sloping pastureland, Rätikon offers up one storybook scene after another. 

Our Rätikon Alp 5-day trekking itinerary follows the Rätikon Höhenweg Nord (North Rätikon High Trail) in Vorarlberg, Austria and the Prättigauer Höhenweg (Prättigau High Trail) in Graubünden, Switzerland. You’ll overnight two nights in Austrian mountain huts and two nights in Swiss mountain huts.

Beginning at the majestic Lünersee (Lüner Lake), this trek starts out very gently. If you’re completely new to multi-day hiking, this is a great place to start. There are no brutal ascents or descents. The only challenging section is from Schesaplanahütte to Schesaplana, the highest peak in the Rätikon. 

Insider Tip: Eat homemade Apfelstrudel at Totalphütte on the last day of this Austrian trek.

Learn More: Rätikon Alps High Trail


7. Rosengarten Catinaccio Traverse, Dolomites, Italy

Rosengarten Catinaccio Trek - Hut to Hut Hike in the Dolomites

  • Where: Sciliar Natural Park – Rosengarten
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to hike: mid-June – mid-October (weather depending)
  • Where to stay before the trek: Nova Levante
  • Where to stay after the trek: Sella Pass (e.g. Passo Sella Dolomiti Mountain Resort) or Selva in Val Gardena.

This 3-day trek across the Rosengarten Catinaccio range takes in the stunning Vajolet Towers, the Santner Klettersteig (optional), and some of the most picturesque mountain huts in the Dolomites

We’d label this trek as moderate (difficult), though it certainly encompasses some very easy stretches. Each day is on the shorter side, so you have ample time to take breaks and savor the views along the way.

Insider Tip: Opt for half board at Tierser Alpl

Learn More: Rosengarten Dolomites Traverse


8. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hut to Hut Hike, Dolomites, Italy

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hut to Hut Hike - Best Treks in Europe

  • Where: Sexten Dolomites
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • When to hike: late June – late September
  • Where to stay before / after the trek: Sexten (Sesto)

This 3-day hut-to-hut hike in the Sexten Dolomites expands on the popular Tre Cime di Lavaredo circuit trail. Instead of driving directly to the famous three peaks, you’ll approach Tre Cime di Lavaredo from Fischleintal valley. On day 1, you can stay in either the Dreizinnenhütte or Rifugio Lavaredo. On day 2, you’ll stay in the small but splendid Büllelejochhütte. 

We hiked this route during our first trip to the Dolomites. Read our Dolomites itinerary to see how we integrated this 3-day trek into our road trip.

Learn More: Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo


9. Alta Via 1, Dolomites, Italy

Alta Via 1 Dolomites Hike, Best Treks in Europe

  • Where: Italian Dolomites
  • Duration: 4 -10 days
  • Accommodation: Mountain Huts. Camping is forbidden.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • When to hike: July – late September
  • Where to stay before the trek: Cortina d’Ampezzo, or Hotel Lago Di Braies
  • Where to stay after the trek: Belluno

The Alta Via 1 (aka Dolomiten Höhenweg 1) is an easy, long-distance hiking trail in the Dolomites, starting at Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in South Tyrol and ending at the La Pissa bus stop near Belluno. This 120-km-long Dolomites high route is hiked north to south and generally broken up into 10 stages. Many hikers will hike the north route (4 stages), or the south route (6 stages). 

Insider Tip: Book rifugios 3-5 months in advance. 

Learn More: Alta Via 1 Hiking Guide


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