Touchingnature.co.uk was set up by people like you – people who love walking and the great outdoors. Focused on the superlative walking regions of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Italian Dolomites and South Tyrol, our small team have expert, insider knowledge. This knowledge has been built up over many years of living and exploring these parts, generating a level of expertise - and passion - which you rarely find in the public domain.
We want to share our love of these areas with you and have put together some comprehensive travel guides and specialist information, interspersed with gorgeous photographs and useful links to help you plan your walking holiday in Europe like a pro!
If you’re at the early stages of researching your trip, then forget expensive guide books. Touchingnature.co.uk provides you with a wealth of information and travel tips, including help in choosing where to visit, how to get there, what to take with you, how to get around and where to stay. Best of all, this is stuff that you often won’t find in the books – special walking areas of Europe which we have personally visited and can recommend – including lots of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track experiences.
What makes us special?
TouchingNature.co.uk is different to your average travel website in many ways – not least of all because we choose to focus our attention on a few select regions of Europe, meaning that we can offer detailed and highly relevant information. We are not affiliated to any holiday companies or tour operators – we simply wish to share our knowledge and experience with you.
Tour Operator Directory
Should you wish to leave the planning to the professionals and book with a walking tour operator or travel expert, the comprehensive listings in our tour operator directory will save you trawling for hours through the internet. Click on any of the business listings to access contact details and to find out more about that company's specific offering.
Holiday Special Offers & Package Deals
In addition to listing walking holiday tour operators, we also have a special offers page which is updated regularly, offering a wide range of deals on walking and accommodation packages in the best hiking areas of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Italian Dolomites. But hurry, because these offers will only be available for a limited time – and you don’t want to miss out on a bargain!
If you are a tour operator, tourist office or accommodation provider and are interested in advertising your deals here, please get in touch with us today!
Choosing accommodation for your walking holiday is probably one of your top priorities, so we have partnered with Booking.com to make this easy. As you research your trip, you will notice that there is a link to an accommodation search-engine on many of our pages; this makes it convenient for you to research and book at the same time. We do not charge any fees for this service. As you probably know, Booking.com is Europe’s largest accommodation search engine, with an unprecedented choice of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation at the very best rates, complete with real-time availability and guest reviews. To help you further in your quest, we have provided various recommendations throughout the website, naming a number of towns, villages and resorts which we believe make excellent bases for a walking holiday in Europe.
Whether you're looking for a rustic Swiss chalet, a cosy apartment in Austria or a riverside hotel in Germany, you'll find the perfect places to stay on your walking holiday, right here.
Why the focus on Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy?
All the regions we profile are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty and the incredible opportunities which are afforded to walkers. What’s more, these are all places which our team know intimately – so every description is both genuine and thoroughly researched.