Connected in the German Alps

Hiking in the German Alps - Sign posts

Sign posts in the German Alps

You think the German and Austrian Alps are grand, and they certainly are, but it’s kind of impossible to get lost. You can find a map of the area near every start of a trail and every cable car station. You pick your trail and sign posts on the way will guide you along the way, whenever there is a turn. They also estimate the walking time to your destination. It helps you incredibly with the judgement of your performance, if you’re on time or if you’re late, or how far the next hut is away. I love it. It gives your more opportunities to take in the surroundings instead of looking constantly on a map or instructions!
Germany and Austria are even working in collaboration to standardise the sign posting across the German and Austria borders to ensure the hikers’ safety and guidance.

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6 Responses to Connected in the German Alps

  1. Steffi says:

    Absolutely. Although I’m not too sure about my ‘freestyle’ navigation skills. So being German I rather be in the safe side :D.

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  2. How wonderfully Germanic and efficient! Good if you’re hiking a long trail. Although, sometimes, getting lost is half the fun and leads to unexpected discoveries 🙂

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  3. Steffi says:

    Yes, that might be true. But there are still a lot of places where you need a map. Even in popular places like Lake District. To be honest, i really enjoyed just following the sign posts. It was a nice change to constantly guiding and having my nose stuck in a sheet of paper. 🙂

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  4. I am planning a trip to Alaska next year and already, from this other side of the world, I am worried about the bears. Guess if the locals don’t worry I probably shouldn’t. More research required.

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  5. I am impressed but also wonder whether all this help that increasingly comes our way, stops us from planning and thinking for ourselves. On the one hand such signage makes treks more accessible and safer for the novice. On the other hand, maps, GPS and the need to be mindful where you are, seem almost redundant. Thankfully (or unfortunately) when I get further along the Derwent River going inland there will be no paths, no signs, no sign of mankind, and I will be negotiating great remoteness. But I will be thankful humans don’t have any predators in our Tasmanian bush as the Americans and Canadians do.

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  6. I’ll bet they don’t worry about running into grizzly bears, either.

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