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Guidebook to Der Traumpfad, 'Dream Way', through Germany and Italy, 570km from Munich to Venice across some of the best scenery in the Alps. Split into 30 stages, the guide also describes 5 alternate stages and a day's via ferrata in the Dolomites. Includes full information and accommodation lists needed for the trek.
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This guidebook describes the 570km (354 mile) Traumpfad or 'Dream Way', an Alpine trek from Munich's Mariënplatz 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 Italy's famous 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'.
On Page 198 the photograph caption should read Forcella Caneva, the next pass, rather than Forcella Torond. The text also states ‘continue east’ after Forcella Caneva when in fact your continuing west.
Drinking Water - Munich to Venice
On trips from Munich to Venice I carried a 2 litre camelbak and getting it filled up was never a problem. The density of huts or farmhouses along the route meant top ups were readily available (although the tap water is not always drinkable). Once in the mountains local walkers tend to fill their bottles up from streams.
Overview map – pg 90
The Friesenbergscharte is incorrectly placed on the map between Lizumer Hutte and Tuxer Joch Haus. The map with the correct placement is below:
|History of the region|
|The invention of a mountain pilgrimage|
|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|
|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 Tölz|
|Stage 3 Bad Tölz to the Tutzinger Hütte|
|Stage 4 Tutzinger Hütte 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 Hütte|
|Stage 8B Wattens to the Lizumer Hütte|
|Stage 9 Glungezer Hütte to the Lizumer Hütte|
|Stage 10 Lizumer Hütte to the Tuxer Joch Haus|
|Stage 11A Tuxer Joch Haus to the Olpererhütte|
|Stage 11B Tuxer Joch Haus to the Geraerhütte|
|Stage 12A Olpererhütte to Stein|
|Stage 12B Geraerhütte to Stein|
|Stage 13 Stein to Pfunders|
|3 Pfunders to Alleghe|
|Stage 14 Pfunders to Kreuzwiesen Alm|
|Stage 15 Kreuzwiesen Alm to the Schlüterhütte (Rifugio Genova)|
|Stage 16 Schlüterhütte to the Puezhütte|
|Stage 17 Puezhütte (Rifugio Puez) to Rifugio Boè|
|Stage 18 Rifugio Boè 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 Priulä|
|Stage 28 Ponte della Priulä 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|