This guidebook describes the 570km (354 mile) Traumpfad or 'Dream Way', an Alpine trek from Munich's Marienplatz to the Piazza San Marco in Venice. The route is broken into 30 stages of between 5hrs 30mins and 9hrs, graded according to difficulty, with 5 alternative stages and the option to spend a day traversing a section of via ferrata in the Dolomites. Previous experience of Alpine trekking is not necessary as the route is suitable for most able walkers: however, a head for heights is essential. Known as 'Europe's playground', the Alps boast an unrivalled walking infrastructure and breath-taking views of angular peaks, flower-strewn valleys and verdant slopes. Hugely popular with German trekkers but little-known in the English-speaking world, Der Traumpfad revels in this stunning scenery. The route passes through German Bavaria then Austria before entering the Italian Tyrol, taking advantage of the region's extensive network of mountain huts for accommodation en route. With custom-designed mapping and stunning colour photography, the guide has all you need to get the best from your trek. Alongside detailed route descriptions, there is useful practical advice on when to go, what to take and refreshment stops, background information on the region's fascinating history, plants and wildlife and full contact details for over 80 places to stay. The result is an ideal companion to discovering this amazing route, regarded by many German trekkers as 'the hiking experience of a lifetime'.
John Hayes is a retired management consultant with degrees from Liverpool University and University College London. Immediately after finishing work in 2011 he embarked on an epic 5,000km trek across Europe, walking from Tarifa in Spain to Budapest. The veteran of numerous long treks in the Alps, Spain and the Himalayas, John has written for numerous walking and trekking magazines. John first walked the GR1 in early 2013 and has made two return trips. When exploring new routes in Spain John enjoys the advice and support of Juan Holgado, whose website JuanHolgado.com is one of best known local sources on Spanish walking.
Map key Overview map Overview profile Route summary table Introduction History of the region The invention of a mountain pilgrimage The route The Alpine seasons Alpine flowers, animals and birds What's the walking like? How hard is it? How long will it take? When to go Accommodation Hut life Planning your walk What to take Finding your way Using this guide 1 Munich to the Inn Valley Stage 1 Munich to Wolfratshausen Stage 2 Wolfratshausen to Bad Tolz Stage 3 Bad Tolz to the Tutzinger Hutte Stage 4 Tutzinger Hutte to Vorderriss Stage 5 Vorderriss to the Karwendelhaus Stage 6 Karwendelhaus to the Hallerangerhaus Stage 7A Hallerangerhaus to Hall Stage 7B Hallerangerhaus to Wattens 2 Inn Valley to Pfunders Stage 8A Hall to the Glungezer Hutte Stage 8B Wattens to the Lizumer Hutte Stage 9 Glungezer Hutte to the Lizumer Hutte Stage 10 Lizumer Hutte to the Tuxer Joch Haus Stage 11A Tuxer Joch Haus to the Olpererhutte Stage 11B Tuxer Joch Haus to the Geraerhutte Stage 12A Olpererhutte to Stein Stage 12B Geraerhutte to Stein Stage 13 Stein to Pfunders 3 Pfunders to Alleghe Stage 14 Pfunders to Kreuzwiesen Alm Stage 15 Kreuzwiesen Alm to the Schluterhutte (Rifugio Genova) Stage 16 Schluterhutte to the Puezhutte Stage 17 Puezhutte (Rifugio Puez) to Rifugio Boe Stage 18 Rifugio Boe to Rifugio Viel dal Pan Stage 19 Rifugio Viel dal Pan to Alleghe 4 Alleghe to Belluno Stage 20 Alleghe to Rifugio Tissi Stage 21 Rifugio Tissi to Rifugio Bruto Carestiato Stage 22 Rifugio Bruto Carestiato to Rifugio Pian de Fontana Stage 23A Rifugio Pian de Fontana to Rifugio 7th Alpini Stage 23B Rifugio Pian de Fontana to Belluno Stage 24 Rifugio 7th Alpini to Belluno 5 Belluno to Venice Stage 25 Belluno to Rifugio Col Visentin Stage 26 Rifugio Col Visentin to Tarzo Stage 27 Tarzo to Ponte della Priula Stage 28 Ponte della Priula to Bocca Callalta Stage 29 Bocca Callalta to Jesolo Stage 30 Jesolo to Venice Appendix A Route planner Appendix B Accommodation along the route Appendix C Useful contacts