Via Alpina

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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 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[edit]

Yellow Trail[edit]

Green Trail[edit]

Using in part the Swiss legacy trails "Alpenpassroute" and "Hintere Gasse". Now (with an 4-stage extension to Montreux) managed as Swiss National Route no. 1.

Blue Trail[edit]

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

Red Trail[edit]

The longest trail, crossing all 8 countries.

Coordinates: 46°26′16.28″N 9°42′42.89″E / 46.4378556°N 9.7119139°E / 46.4378556; 9.7119139


  1. ^ Official Via Alpina website

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