The E5 Alpine Crossing (Extended)

Cross the Alps on the famous E5, from Oberstdorf to Meran on an extended itinerary. A perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer less challenging days with plenty of time to absorb the outstanding views, take lots of photographs and enjoy picnic lunches. This legendary route starts in Germany taking you through tranquil luscious green Austrian valleys before catching a glimpse of the Otztal glacier and reaching the Italian Meran.
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Hiking route · Allgäuer Hochalpen
Transfer to Spielmannsau, walk to Holzgau
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.3 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 983 m
Descent 900 m

The first day of walking starts with a transfer to Spielmannsau. You will reach Holzgau in the Lechtal valley during the afternoon; from there, ...

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from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 4:40 h
Ascent 1,212 m
Descent 136 m

After a transfer, walk to the beautifully situated Ansbacher Hütte

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Region St. Anton in Tirol
Walk to Schnann, Bus to Landeck/Zams
Difficulty
Distance 4 km
Duration 1:50 h
Ascent 32 m
Descent 1,223 m

Descend from the Ansbacher Hütte to Schnann via the impressive Schnann Gorge

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Region TirolWest
Walk to Wenns
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.8 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 135 m
Descent 1,345 m

This walk is the perfect way to recover from yesterday’s long journey. In Zams, catch the Venet cable car up the mountain. Then follow a downhill ...

from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Pitztal
Walk to the Braunschweiger Hütte
Difficulty
Distance 5.5 km
Duration 2:35 h
Ascent 1,023 m
Descent 0 m

Bus to Mittelberg and walk the Braunschweiger Hütte

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:20 h
Ascent 365 m
Descent 951 m

The most spectacular stage of the E5 route from Pitztal to Braunschweiger Hut, via Rettenbachjoch ridge and down to the valley station on the ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 11 km
Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 379 m
Descent 965 m

Hike the Pitztaler Jöchl ridge and down to the mountain restaurant on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 8.4 km
Duration 2:55 h
Ascent 507 m
Descent 10 m

Today, you will divert from the standard E5 route. You will take the bus from Sölden to Vent. You will walk along the Rofental valley towards the ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Difficulty
Distance 13.7 km
Duration 4:55 h
Ascent 685 m
Descent 628 m

Hike the Three Hut Panorama trail (3-Hütten-Höhenweg) from Vent to Hochjoch Hospiz

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Oetztal
Walk to Bellavista Hut
Difficulty
Distance 6.5 km
Duration 2:35 h
Ascent 594 m
Descent 161 m

Enjoy a leisurely walk from Hochjoch Hospiz to the Bellavista Hut (Schone Aussicht ) as you cross the Italian/Austrian border

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Meraner Land
Bellavista Hütte - Summit
Difficulty
Distance 3.8 km
Duration 1:50 h
Ascent 428 m
Descent 428 m

If you want to add on to your walk today, hike up for panoramic views of the region

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Meraner Land
Walk to Vernago and bus to the Meran area
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 111 m
Descent 1,255 m

Today is a chance to slow it down and take in the scenery. Today's green countryside path will take you from Bella Vista Lodge down to Maso Corto ...

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from Sarah Stone,   Macs Adventure