Via Alpina - The Yellow Trail
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Der höchste Punkt - das Niederjoch mit Similaunhütte und Finailspitze in SchnalsPhoto: Hanspaul Menara
From Oberstdorf to Trieste, through some of the most beautiful regions of the Alps.
The Via Alpina is actually a network of paths with a main route along the main Alpine ridge from Trieste to Monaco. However, there are also transalpine sections that cross the Alps on partly easy, partly demanding and high alpine stages. The yellow trail begins in Oberstdorf in Bavaria, crosses Nodrtirol and reaches its highest point at Niederjoch, the crossing in Schnalstal near the site of the glacier mummy Ötzi. Through the spa town of Merano and over the high plateau of the Salten you reach Bolzano. Now the stages head south-east into the spectacular Dolomites, from the Schlern to the Rosengarten group and into the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province of Belluno. The route continues into the lonely Julian Alps, hardly accessible to tourists and all the more fascinating for it. Finally, you descend past the monumental Monte Canins, the last high peak in the region, into the Alpine foothills and the gentle vineyards of the Collio, before passing through
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