Walking is an activity of the legs – and a state of mind.

Josef HofmillerGerman writer and critic

European Hiking Villages give your soul a great deal of freedom. The legend behind European landscapes can be felt even more deeply with every step you take. Europe’s hiking areas are bursting with diversity and beauty. You can uncover fascinating façades in regional cultural and nature experiences, traditions and stories.

Be transformed by hiking

Our passion is to inspire and excite nature and hiking lovers about Europe’s mythical landscapes. A passion that we bring under one roof across Europe. Our aim is simple: to cross borders to find the rare and the mysterious in our continent’s natural beauties.

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Outstanding quality

The European Hiking Quality seal means European Hiking Villages have met stricter, binding quality criteria. The advantage lies in further developing all members into European hiking specialists of the highest level and to link places together.

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Mindfulness and courage

When European Hiking Villages were born in 1991, TAO Beratungs- und Management GmbH showed courage to let a big idea grow. The aim was to tangibly present people with the beauty of fascinating nature and scenic experiences in a perfectly staged manner. In other words, to create a platform of authentic hiking villages that awakens a desire to discover Europe’s landscapes.


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Internationality makes us strong!

We’re growing as our experience grows and we’re looking to exchange ideas with our members. Direct, personal discussions are extremely valuable for us when working together and developing further. Annual international hiking symposia create a feeling of closeness, strengthen and increase our shared understanding and our quality.

The team We work together Behind the scenes

Karmen Nahberger

Project Manager for European Hiking Villages and European Hiking Quality seal
Project Manager for the long-distance hiking portal

I think I have every right to say that I have turned my hobby into a career. I spend every day working on matters surrounding hiking and I travel to Europe’s most beautiful hiking destinations both professionally and personally. Since I was born in Slovenia and grew up in Austria, the Alpe Adria area is my favourite and one of the most beautiful hiking areas to my mind.

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Our colleagues Our partner A diverse network

Austria’s hiking villages
From village holidays in Austria to the magic of hiking. 44 Austrian tourism regions represent the full gamut of hiking experiences. The project has been with us since the company was founded.

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TAO Beratungs- und Management GmbH
We develop experience areas, paint landscape pictures and develop innovative concepts and products for the tourism and leisure industry.

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TAO Digital
Our partner for technical implementation: virtual experience worlds, websites, apps, e-commerce and booking processes. Making nature experiences digital.

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Alpines Wandermanagement
Comprehensive advice about everything related to hiking and experiencing nature, quality standards applied to the infrastructure, modern technology in tourism and marketing.

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Trademarks Trademark protection Quality assurance

HABM/Nr. 015590102

HABM/Nr. 015590011

The Association for Quality Assurance for Hiking in Europe registered the trademarks European Hiking Villages and European Hiking Quality seal with the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) on 04/11/2016.

The Association for Quality Assurance for Hiking in Europe registered the trademarks European Hiking Villages and European Hiking Quality seal with the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) on 04/11/2016.

We’re happy to share! Enthusiasm for mountains, nature and hiking.

Here at European Hiking Villages, we’re passionate nature lovers and enthusiastic hikers. We’ve sought out the prettiest villages for you and would be delighted to tell you more about them. If you have any special requests and need information about a specific region or village, please just get in touch. We look forward to hearing from all of our guests and interested parties, and would be happy to assist you at any time.

Europas Wanderdörfer
Unterwollaniger Straße 53
9500 Villach
T +43 4242 257530
F +43 4242 216630

i.A. Vereinigung zur Qualitätssicherung für Wandern in Europa e.V.
Unterwollaniger Straße 53
9500 Villach
T +43 4242 257530-17
F +43 4242 216630

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