Five different routes form one single large European path between Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France and the Principality of Monaco
A Great European Way through eight different countries: Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France and the Principality of Monaco The Alpine Way is divided into five routes, three hundred and forty-two trails covering over 5,000 kilometres, and an altitude difference of over 3,000 metres from sea level. Thorough immersion into the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Alps.
Except during winter or heavy snow, the itineraries are not technically challenging and are accessible to all hikers.
The Way is divided into five different types, each marked by a different colouring:
- The red route, one hundred and twenty-one stages, crosses all the states of the Alpine Way, and is the ideal itinerary for linking the eight countries
- The purple itinerary, sixty-six stages, crosses Slovenia, Austria and Germany and explores the eastern limestone Alps heading east
- The yellow route, forty stages in Italy, Austria and Germany, passes from sea level to over three thousand metres. The path from the Adriatic coast up to the area where the Similaun Iceman, Ötzi, was found is full of contrasts
- The green itinerary, only fourteen stages, is the shortest route on the Alpine Way. Crossing Liechtenstein and Switzerland, this is a shorter alternative to the entire route between Trieste and Munich
- The last itinerary, the blue, leads from the glaciers of Monte Rosa to the Maritime Alps. Sixty-one stages through Switzerland, Italy and France.