The Dream Way: Trekking Munich-Venice Part I (#2332)

Date and Time

Monday, July 17, 2023 - Sunday, July 30, 2023


German and Austrian Alps,
Germany, Austria, Italy


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Der Traumpfad ("Dream Way" in German) from München to Venedig is like a modern-day pilgrimage-a long walk to an iconic destination but without the religious overtones. It is one of the most popular trans-alpine treks, but little known outside the German speaking world. Prolific guide book author John Hayes writes that he has "crossed the Alps on foot many other times but this was the best." The "Dream Way" links two of Europe's most iconic destinations with a journey across some of the best scenery in the Alps. From the heart of Bavaria, from biergartens, wurst, and lederhosen, to the Adriatic and prosecco, fritto misto and tiramisù-it's a journey across cultures as well as mountains. The entire trail is 569 km (353 mi) with 30,290 m (99,376') of elevation change. To manage the itinerary within the typically available vacation time of two weeks, we plan to section walk the trail over two years, two weeks per year: in 2023 from Munich in Germany, through Austria, to Pfunders in Italy; and in 2024 continue through the Dolomites to Venice. We will use public transportation to traverse some of the flatter, less interesting parts of the journey. Participants in Part I will have priority to register for Part II. We will hike every day with a typical altitude gain of 850 m (2788') and a distance covered of 16 km (10 miles). We will be outdoors eight hours per day of which six hours are hiking and the balance for lunch, taking pictures, & smelling the fresh air. The trip is a true alpine experience containing sections with exposure, use of cables for security, short ladder sections, etc. This trip is aimed at seasoned trekkers and is rated strenuous. We will spend every night in either hotels or mountain huts. Blankets and pillows will be provided. Participants must bring a sleeping bag liner (sleep sack) to use instead of sheets. Accommodations are typically in a bunk room with 4-12 people of mixed gender. Mattresses are either side-by-side or in two-level bunk beds. Alternatively, we may sometimes have two persons (same sex) per room sharing two adjacent mattresses in a single bed frame.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $2,920 member / $3,020 non-member

Related Link(s):

2332 Prospectus

Click map for driving directions






Hiking 6 Stenuous


Adults (18+)


(Email this person.)

Larry is an active AMC leader with Adventure Travel and NH Excursions (Hiking) committee. He leads hikes in New England throughout all four seasons and is the Director of the AMC NH Winter Hiking Series. He has lived in four countries outside the US and visited over 40 others located on all seven continents. He has co-led Adventure Travel trips to Switzerland, Smoky Mountains National Park, and Southwest US.


(Email this person.)

Beth Zimmer is an active hike leader and instructor. She leads for AMC Adventure Travel, August Camp and the NH Chapter. Beth also serves on the AMC Board of Directors, as Regional Director North. She has hiked all of the NH 4K's in all four seasons, hiked all of the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide and has completed the NH500 highest. Favorite highlight trips for her include visiting Peru and Machu Picchu, hiking in the Swiss Alps and hiking Hadrian's Wall Path in the UK.