Via Alpina

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Map of the Via Alpina

The Via Alpina is a network of five long-distance hiking trails across the alpine regions of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Monaco. [1] The longest of trails is the red trail, whose termini are in Trieste and Monaco.


The Via Alpina was created by a group of public and private organisations from the 8 Alpine countries in 2000, receiving EU funding from 2001 until 2008. It was initiated by the Association Grande Traversée des Alpes in Grenoble, which hosted the Via Alpina international secretariat until January 2014, when it was transferred to the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA (Liechtenstein). There are national secretariats (hosted by public administrations or hiking associations) in each country. Its aim is to support sustainable development in remote mountain areas and promote the Alpine cultures and cultural exchanges.

Purple trail

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Trzic, Slovenia
Lavamund, Austria Lavamuend Ansicht ueber den Drau-Stausee 01012011 233.jpg
Lavamünd, Austria
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Maria Alm, Austria
Oberstdorf, Bavarian Alps, Germany Nebelhorn Oberstdorf.jpg
Oberstdorf, Bavarian Alps, Germany

Yellow Trail

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Gorizia, N.E. Italy
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Ovaro (Davar), Italy
Zams anm Inn, Austrian Tyrol Ortsansicht Zams.JPG
Zams anm Inn, Austrian Tyrol

Green Trail

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Urnerboden. Switzerland

The Via Alpina green trail follows the Swiss National Route no. 1 (previously known as the Swiss Alpine Pass Route) from Sargans to Lenk, which then continues over a further four passes to Montreux. [2] [3]

Blue Trail

From D11 to D51, coinciding to a large extent with the Piemontese Grande Traversata delle Alpi (GTA).

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Simplon Pass, Switzerland
Gressoney-St-Jean, N.W. Italy Gressoney-St-Jean - ete.JPG
Gressoney-St-Jean, N.W. Italy
Sospel, Maritime Alps, S,E. France Sospel-la-Bevera-2.jpg
Sospel, Maritime Alps, S,E. France

Red Trail

The longest trail, crossing all 8 countries.

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Muggia, Trieste, Italy
Palais de Monaco, the end of the Red Trail Palais de Monaco.jpg
Palais de Monaco, the end of the Red Trail

Coordinates: 46°26′16.28″N9°42′42.89″E / 46.4378556°N 9.7119139°E / 46.4378556; 9.7119139

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