In the ranking of one of the world’s most renowned scientific journals, the National Blue Trail is among destinations like the Kalahari Desert, Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse, Parma, Maldives, Asturias, Tasmania, Kamchatka National Park and the Grand Canyon. The Hungarian Hikers’ Association informed MTI on Thursday of the prestigious accomplishment, according to MTI.
According to National Geographic, their list of 25 has been compiled of the most attractive and sustainable tourist destinations in consultation with National Geographic Traveler’s editorial board in seventeen countries and their own world-class experts.
As the Hungarian Hiking Association says, a detailed, step-by-step guide to the complete National Blue Hiking Trail is available in Hungarian, English, German, and Slovak, along with a number of en route sights in the organisation’s online travel guide, found on their website. It is also suitable for offline navigation in the field, and its user interface follows the language of the mobile device, so even foreign tourists without local knowledge can hike through the National Blue Trail.
The National Hiking Association’s professionally coordinated National Blue Trail is 1167 km long and consists of 27 sections with 152 stamp points. To date, more than 6,700 people have completed this milestone, according to the association.
Originating in 1938 and recognized as Europe’s first long-distance trail, it’s part of the nearly 6,500-mile European long-distance walking route E4, which begins in Spain and ends (with ferry connections) in Cyprus.
National Geographic recommends to visit the trail from August to September and get a Blue Trail passport to earn stamps at checkpoints along the route. By collecting all 147 stamps, hikers can receive a coveted Blue Trail Badge, or with the completion of one of the three stretches, they can earn a section-hike badge.