The Via Alpina hiking trail - the yellow trail - passes through some of the most spectacular regions in the Alpine world.
You can hike the Via Alpina through the network of trails along the main Alpine ridge from Trieste to Monaco or along the various trail stages that cross the Alps, some of which are easy and some more difficult and others at high altitude. The yellow trail begins in Oberstdorf, in Bavaria, crosses through Northern Tyrol and reaches its highest point at Niederjoch pass, continuing then into the Schnals valley near the site where Ötzi the glacier mummy was discovered. Passing through the spa town of Merano and over the Salten high plateau, you reach the town of Bolzano.
The trail stages now head in a south-easterly direction into the spectacular Dolomites, from Schlern into the Rosengarten group and into the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province of Belluno. The trail continues into the Julian Alps, an area that is scarcely developed for tourism and is therefore all the more fascinating.
Finally, the trail passes by the monumental Monte Canins, the last high peak in the region, and down into the foothills of the Alps and the gentle vineyards of Collio. Passing through Gorizia, you arrive in the Karst area north of Trieste. On these mainly flat final stages of the Via Alpina we arrive in the Golf of Trieste and to a city that is steeped in history and that stands at the intersection of many different cultures.