Staying safe while on the go

Planning and preparing

Think about why you want to go on the hike: Should it be leisurely-enjoyable or sporty-challenging? Are you alone, a couple or a family? Careful planning can prevent many hiking accidents. For route selection and determination of distances, altitude differences and marching time, hiking and country maps as well as hiking books can be used, which also provide further valuable information about the type of terrain and trail conditions. GPS tour suggestions can be found here. Take into account trail conditions and weather requirements. Also inform third parties about your tour.

Safe mountain hiking

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Definition «hiking trails»

Marking yellow

The trails run along wide paths, but they can also be narrow und uneven. Locations with a high risk of falling are protected by hand rails. Standard hiking equipment, no special skills necessary.

Definition «mountain hiking trails»

Marking white-red-white

The callenging trails are mostly steep, narrow and partiallly exposed. Particulary difficult passages are secured with ropes. 

Footwear suitable for mountains is necessary on all described hikes. Hiking with children requires particularly careful planning. On steep paths, children should be secured with a rope.

Definition «alpine hiking trails»

Marking white-blue-white

The very challenging trails lead through rocks with short exposed climbing sections. Absolute sure-footedness and experience in the mountains is needed.

Correct equipment

In the mountains, the weather can change suddenly and unexpectedly (rain, thunderstorms, hail, snow down to low altitudes even in summer and autumn). Therefore, appropriate equipment is vital. Wear sturdy hiking boots with treaded soles. Take sun and rain protection as well as warm clothing. Remember to bring a first-aid kit and a cell phone for emergencies.

Please note that there is a ban on drones in the whole of Alpstein.

While hiking

  • Do not leave the officially marked hiking trails.
  • Small steps and a steady pace save energy uphill and protect the joints downhill.
  • Do not take risks in case of bad weather, indisposition (weakness) or other difficulties. Turn back in time and do not force anything.