Europe’s top 5 walking destinations #SeeingSwitzerland #Giveaway

I am very much a country girl at heart and although I do love exploring Europe’s bustling cities and staying in hotels or Airbnb apartments I still enjoy spending time in the great outdoors both at home at abroad.

Every year I go camping with my family in the UK giving me the chance to enjoy getting back to nature. When casting my eye further a field I have come across some really inspiring destinations in Europe where you can take in the sights of the countryside. Here are my top 5 European walking destinations, in collaboration with Inntravel.

Switzerland

My husband and I visited Switzerland as part of our European tour honeymoon and we spent a couple of days exploring Lucerne which sits amid snowcapped mountains around the beautiful lake and we were captivated by the stillness of the water and the majesty of the mountains.

Between the Eiger and the Matterhorn lies some stunning walking opportunities. Explore among towering, snow-capped Alps starting from the famous north face of the world’s most recognisable mountain to high-mountain passes on true alpine trails and deep into valleys via lakes, forest and classic mountain villages. Switzerland is well known for its culinary delights so be sure to sample local cheeses and chocolates along the way!

If you’re a first timer why not try a self-guided walking tour of Switzerland, like the Inntravel’s From the Eiger to the Matterhorn walk, which provides hotel-to-hotel walking, allowing you to explore classic routes and little-used trails shared by the tour company.

Montenegro

Last year I turned 30 and as my gift, my sister took us away for a week in Montenegro. I have to admit I didn’t really know anything about this country before going but we had a lot of fun travelling around the Bay of Kotor and visiting all the villages and towns en route.

Although Montenegro’s coast is popular with tourists for its stunning views across the Bay the interior is made up of exciting Balkan wilderness, refreshingly undeveloped and ready for anyone looking for an active holiday. The Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams with 23 mountain tops over 2300 meters of altitude.

The park boasts the deepest gorges in Europe, the Tara river canyon and you will find dense pine forests interspersed with clear lakes with a large range of endemic flora. Trails can be accessed from the well-serviced hub of Zabljak, on the edge of the park.

Ireland

I have always wanted to visit our neighbour island of Ireland with its spectacular natural beauty, rich history, unhurried pace of life and legendary hospitality. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the Irish countryside with many fantastic walks to take in on a holiday.

The Kerry Way is a low-level circuit of the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula, a region of wild, natural beauty steeped in history and legend. Kerry’s hills are eerie and wet, but atmospheric with the range called MacGillycuddy’s Reeks being a fine example of Irish mountainscape and makes a superb centrepiece for a long weekend.

County Wicklow, often referred to as ‘the Garden of Ireland,’  is a picturesque landscape of serene lakes, glacial valleys, majestic mountains, forests and farmland. The Wicklow Way, one of the first waymarked trails to be established in Ireland, visits this unspoilt region and combines the culture-rich city of Dublin with remote mountain trails and secluded valleys. Keep an eye out for stunning Sika Deer and Red Squirrels as you walk near Powerscourt House near Enniskerry!

Crete

I have fond memories of exploring this Greek island which is said to have been the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Heraklion, the capital, is home to a renowned Archaeological Museum, housing Minoan artefacts and Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement of workrooms, living spaces and store rooms close to a central square decorated with high colour frescoes showing people, mythological creatures, real animals, rocks, vegetation, and marine life.

If you’re looking to discover some history along your walk then why not visit Crete? The island offers access to a variety of routes, taking in necropolises, deserted coastal paths and olive groves. Don’t miss the beautiful Sirikari Gorge with the Acropolis of Ancient Polyrrinia around a 30-minute hike from the Sirikari village.

The south-west is a flowery paradise in spring. Walk an early-day circuit from roadless Loutro up the mountain to Anopolis, returning down the Aradena Gorge. Loutro is a quaint seashore village, perched on craggy rocks and nestled in a cove, affords an opportunity to experience life in a less accessible part of the island. After your walk why not indulge in some delicious fresh seafood caught by local fishermen?

Austria

I have visited Austria a couple of times taking in the sights of the City, Vienna, as well as the stunning mountainous landscape of Innsbruck which is a perfect Christmas break destination.

Austria boasts a landscape dotted with mountains, valleys, lakes, and forests perfect for holidays with hiking and biking among the most popular activities. Trails here are available for all preferences and ability. Hallstatt is a perfect hub for exploring the Austrian lake district. From here you can travel between steepled villages on easy footpaths, indulging in the odd lake crossing.

If you’re a fan of Austrian food then the Bregenzerwald’s famous Cheese Trail is for you! Along the route, you can sample regional delicacies by farmers, alpine dairymen, cheesemakers and restaurants. The Cheese trail network is made up of Farmers, alpine dairymen, cheesemakers, restaurants, inns, museums, railways and tourist organisations dedicated to the cultivation and the maintenance of culinary delights and regional culture. Who can resist?

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  1. Graham Ross
    May 22, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I would love to visit Peru to see the unusual pyramids

  2. Tracy Nixon
    May 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I would love to go walking in the Australian outback – I am really interested in learning how the Aborigines live and their culture etc

  3. Sophie B
    May 22, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Patagonia, Argentina – because it has the most dramatic and drastic landscapes on the planet!

  4. iain maciver
    May 22, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Scotland its stunning

  5. Harline Parkin
    May 22, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    The mountains of Austria

  6. iain maciver
    May 22, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Iceland for the volcano’s

  7. Angela Treadway
    May 22, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    venice, it looks so beautiful and romantic x

  8. Annabel Greaves
    May 22, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I loved Lake Garda in Italy and I would love to explore it again

  9. Hannah Ingham
    May 22, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Peru – Machu Picchu, I’ve always wanted to go, the views must be amazing!

  10. Elizabeth Smith
    May 22, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    I’d like to visit the Grand Canyon because its so huge I think you need to be there to appreciate it.

  11. Hannah Ingham
    May 22, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Would love to explore The Lake District, never been and heard a lot of good things about it,

  12. Claire Holtey
    May 22, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I am happy exploring Scotland, so much to see here

  13. T Brailey
    May 22, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I would love to visit Scotland. I have not ever been but have heard from others who have and would love to go.

  14. laura banks
    May 22, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    i would love to go to australia but im not too sure about all the insects

  15. claire woods
    May 22, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    More of the Lake District. There are lots of places to walk and it’s stunning. Wish I lived there.

  16. Karen usher
    May 22, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I would love to explore Iceland, Its one of those places that you see in pictures and looks magical! Its on the top of my list to do!
    Great write up!

  17. Louis Perera
    May 22, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    I would say Peru because it just seems mysterious

  18. Rachael Mccadden
    May 23, 2017 / 8:18 am

    i like to visit different places in the uk, but my main place is loch ness its beautiful and love taking photos there

  19. Rachael Mccadden
    May 23, 2017 / 9:08 am

    I would love to visit Japan Kyoto is one of the places I would like to visit. I just love the architecture and landscape

  20. Charlotte Carter-Dunn
    May 23, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I would love to visit Kenya as I love the beautiful nature and the chance to see animals on a safari.

  21. Kristyn Harris
    May 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I would love to explore the Lake District. I have never been there before and it looks so pretty!

  22. Char L
    May 23, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I’d love to visit the jungles of Peru

  23. aj
    May 23, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Australia looks beautiful

  24. Sheena Batey
    May 23, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    I would love to hike in the New England area of the USA

  25. Sam R
    May 23, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Id love to go to Croatia, looks a beautiful country to explore x

  26. Jayne Townson
    May 23, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I would love to go to Australia and visit Ayers rock. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  27. Allan Wilson
    May 24, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Iceland for the dramatic volcanoes and geysers

  28. jo liddement
    May 24, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I would love to walk the Appalachian Trail on the east coast of America because you get to walk through fourteen states and see wonderful scenery and wildlife.

  29. Michaela Hannah
    May 27, 2017 / 6:32 am

    I’d love to explore the lake district

  30. Sandra Fortune
    May 27, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I’ve never been abroad but always wanted to visit Switzerland

  31. Melissa Lee
    May 27, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I would love to visit the fjords of Norway as they just look stunning

  32. Ruth Harwood
    May 28, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I would love to walk the great wall of china because I think it must be amazing at its heights11

  33. Robert Price
    May 28, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Scotland for the scenery

  34. steve cooper
    May 28, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    The Lake District, lots of places to walk and it’s stunning

  35. Keith Hunt
    May 29, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Iceland as after long days out i love to go back to The Grand Hotel in a Tower Room.

  36. carol boffey
    May 29, 2017 / 9:07 am

    id love to see venice

  37. Allan Fullarton
    May 29, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    The mountains of Austria – beautiful.

  38. Maria Blythin
    May 29, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    the tropical rainforest x imagine all the beautiful things yu could see

  39. Chris Fletcher
    May 29, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I’d love to explore the Himalayas – from Pakistan across India through Nepal and on to Bhutan!

  40. Ann Skamarauskas
    May 29, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Costa Rica for the fabulous rainforest

  41. MM
    May 30, 2017 / 10:54 am

    New Zealand. I wanted to go before the LOTR and Hobbit films came out. And now that i’ve seen them, i want to go even more.

  42. natalee gosiewski
    May 30, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    The Amazon

  43. MichelleD
    May 30, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    It’s my dream to visit the Amazon Rainforest!

  44. Craig Havery
    May 30, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    death valley in america it is the hottest place on earth

  45. Adrian Bold
    May 31, 2017 / 12:53 am

    I’d love to visit New Zealand as the scenery was incredible in the Lord of the Rings films.

  46. elaine stokes
    May 31, 2017 / 11:08 am

    would love to visit new Zealand just from watching it on films

  47. Tina L-D
    May 31, 2017 / 11:26 am

    as I’m into herpetology I would love to explore the Amazon Rainforest

  48. sion gibby
    May 31, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    has to be antarctica – last real unexplored area of the world.

  49. kelly morgan
    May 31, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Australia as there is so much to see.

  50. May 31, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    My Son would love to visit Disneyland in the US, so as soon as I get a job this is where we are going to go. In the meantime we will explore different parts of the UK. Fantastic prize, thank you x

  51. jen lloyd
    May 31, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    i would love to follow the inca trail in Peru.. what a fantastic experience it would be and so spiritual

  52. Melanie Burton
    May 31, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I would love to explore New Zealand as my family have been there and said it is beautiful. I have also got relatives over there.

  53. Carol Phile
    May 31, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I would love to explore Naxos

  54. May 31, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I really enjoy walking around my local area as it always clears my mind and makes me feel better after a hard days work and removes the stress of every day life. I am also a country girl at heart and working and living close to London can be quite difficult. I haven’t experienced going out on a proper walking trip, but i am hoping i can do this, this summer in Wales.

  55. sarah hutt
    June 1, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I would love to go to egypt to see the pyramids

  56. Mike Gerrie
    June 1, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    You can’t beat walking in the West Coast of Scotland stunning scenery and views and the weather isn’t usually hot 😉

  57. Tee Simpson
    June 2, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I would explore Italy for the beautiful buildings

  58. June 3, 2017 / 8:46 am

    id love to go walking in wales. its lovely there

  59. Pat Stubbs
    June 3, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Would love to go walking in New Zealand to get the fabulous views I see in pictures from there

  60. Sandra Jo Siddall
    June 3, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    The Lake district because it is huge and I have always wanted to go walking there – the scenery is so beautiful.

  61. Caroline Shepherd
    June 3, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Switzerland does look beautiful, but my ultimate trip would be to Japan to see the amazing scenery and culture.

  62. Laura Pritchard
    June 3, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    New Zealand as it looks so stunning in Lord of the Rings

  63. Rachel Heap
    June 3, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    There are so many wonderful places i would love to visit – one being the Amazon Rainforest

  64. Anthea Holloway
    June 3, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I would love to visit the Canadian Rockies with all that wonderful scenery.

  65. frances hopkins
    June 3, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I’d love to explore Italy more, such a beautiful country

  66. Petra HOra
    June 3, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Great Barrier Reef as it is my dream to explore it.

  67. Shannon Mostert
    June 4, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I would love to visit Australia and New Zealand

  68. Sue H Jenkins
    June 4, 2017 / 9:42 am

    as a photographer it has to be norway/iceland to see the northern lights. every togs dream

  69. Tom York
    June 4, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Norway, would love to see The fjords

  70. Sue Leake
    June 4, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Milford Sound New Zealand because we did visit but didn’t have time to get on the boat to go down the sound… big mistake

  71. Stewart Biddle
    June 4, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I would love to visit the lake distict it looks amazing

  72. Oksana Fitzgerald
    June 4, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Australia because many of my friends live there

  73. Kathryn Casbolt
    June 4, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I would love to visit Chiang Mai in Thailand to see elephants in their natural habitat.

  74. Kim Neville
    June 4, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Would be wonderful to see the views from the Italian Lake District

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