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4-Day Hikes for Your Easter Weekend

Big adventures are not always necessary—sometimes a few days are enough. And no matter whether you travel far and wide or keep it a little closer to home, for the mind, it’s always refreshing to get out of the habitual rhythm, to do something different from sunrise to sunset - even if that’s just putting one foot in front of the other and thinking about the next break. The long Easter weekend often comes like a surprise blessing; suddenly four days of freedom are on your doorstep. And if you’re not sure what to do with this time, we have some ideas for you, including all the tips and information you need to prepare and travel. The only challenge you will face is deciding which of our four-day adventures to take. Have fun out there!

Big adventures are not always necessary—sometimes a few days are enough.

Easter Hikes for You

Choose from our ready-to-go Collections with handpicked Tours and lots of handy information, created by passionate people like you.

4 romantic huts high above the Ötztal
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8 weekend trips in Bergisches Land
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On mule tracks from Binntal to Italy
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Hiking through the Sea of Stone
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Harz cliff walks
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High-altitude hikes around Chiemgau
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The treasures of Lower Lusatia
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Where Goethe tied his hiking boots
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Hiking in Spring

When the sun starts to shine after its long winter break, the great outdoors is able to breath again. And to inject that spring feeling into every cell in your body, there’s nothing better than a hike. With anticipation and sunshine in your head, however, you can quickly forget that such a spring breeze is not always just warm. To prevent you from getting too cold and wishing you were back in the warmth of your home, here are a few tips for hiking in the transitional period:

  • Dress in several thin layers that you can easily take off while riding to ensure you never get too warm nor too cold.
  • Especially on longer trips, a windproof jacket or vest is essential for keeping your upper body warm. Take gloves and a headband or a hat with you, even if you’re not sure you’ll need them. After all, it’s better not to need them than to freeze. A scarf or buff can't hurt either.
  • The temperature can still cool down considerably in the morning and evening. Especially if you do not move your body, it is important to put on at least one extra layer directly. Ideally against cold and wind. Once you freeze, it's too late and it’ll take a fair amount of time to warm up through exercise.
  • Your skin hasn't seen the sun for a long time; don't forget to put on some sunscreen.

For more general equipment tips for hiking and mountaineering check out this article.

Tips For Your Feet

1

Wear In Those Boots

Your mom and the salespeople were right – make sure you can comfortably walk in your hiking boots for several hours before you hit the trails.

2

A Variety Of Socks

Your feet will change with the miles you hike. If you get pressure sores, thicker, thinner or simply different socks can make all the difference.

3

Blistering Band-Aids

Take them with you. Just do it. If you start feeling a pressure sore, apply one immediately. Don't wait until the skin is coming off.

4

Take Breaks

Kick off your socks and shoes and submerge your feet in cold water. You'll feel like you just entered paradise.

5

Cut Those Toe Nails

Keeping short nails prevents pressure sores and other pains. But be careful not to overdo it – an unfamiliar length of nail can cause inflammation, too.

6

Check Your Laces

Every now and then check whether your shoelaces are rubbing each other too thin. Before they fray (and you having to walk in untied shoes), adjust them so that a different part is being rubbed.

Safety In The Mountains

Weather

Just like a hearty breakfast, checking the weather forecast is an important part of your daily mountain morning routine. Often you will experience extreme heat, snow and thunder in the same day. When packing, check the weather and take equipment for every possible condition. During your trip, hut keepers are the most reliable source of information, as well as the alpine club website. When in doubt, asking people you meet on the trail can be helpful, too.

Dangers

Rough terrain, narrow and steep paths, falling rocks – all are risks when traversing the Alps. Thorough preparation, suitable equipment and an honest evaluation of one’s skills are key to staying safe. If you don’t have any experience in alpine environments, it's best to bring someone who does.

Respect

Whether you are on a popular trail or off the beaten path, make sure to show respect toward other people and the environment. Beware of other people around – below steep slopes there can always be other trails, so don't kick down any rocks. Always leave a place as you found it and show responsibility towards your companions, people you meet and the environment.

Emergency Numbers

Research and bring with you the phone number of the local mountain rescue. Make sure you aways have some battery left on your mobile device and be cognisant of where you are at all times so you can accurately communicate your location in case of an emergency.

  • Mountain rescue Germany: 112
  • Mountain rescue Austria: 140
  • Mountain rescue Italy: 118

Packing List

  • Hiking clothes for all weathers (code word: Layering)
  • Sun protection for your head
  • Sleeping bag liner / sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation, make sure to check temperature statements)
  • Blistering band-aids (we can’t say this enough)
  • Knife
  • First aid kit with band-aids, tick tong and just-in-case meds for headaches, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Emergency energy bar (small snacks for quick energy)
  • Containers for a lot of water
  • Water treatment (chlorine or silver nitrate)

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