All too often, we tend to distinguish tourists according to their interests. We speak about the sporty spices, the history fanatics and the party animals. And although it’s totally true that people have different interests in life, a lot of them aren’t just focused on one single activity. Most of us tend to combine different fields of interest, visiting a culinary market in the morning, a historical monument at noon, taking a walk in the afternoon and going out for a couple of glasses once the sun has set. Life is definitely too short to opt for just one pastime, in our humble opinion.
Therefore, it’s even more exciting that more and more tourist destinations choose to combine different fields of interest within one activity. Historical hiking routes are an example of such a combination, as they’re perfect if you’re fascinated by history yet you also want to get in a little bit of a workout while looking at those historical wonders.
Maybe you’re already acquainted with the principle and you’ve got an example of such a hiking route in mind, maybe you don’t. But whatever your experience with the matter, the guys at LiveRugbyTickets.co.uk decided to have a look at those historical sightseeing trails to answer one seemingly easy question: which country boasts the most of them? Which destination to choose when you want to load up on sporty historical outings? They made a handy ranking, based on the number of historical sightseeing trails per 1.000 square kilometers. And the results may surprise you.
Top 10 European countries with the most historical hiking routes
1. Luxembourg (90,1 / 1.000)
It’s a small country, yet Luxembourg clearly scores well when it comes to historical hikes. Some of the most popular hikes include the Beaufort loop B1 and the Larochette Trail.
2. Netherlands (65,5 /1.000)
The Dutch come in second and according to the experts on the matter, the Sint Pietersberg trail and the Zaanse Schans Windmill Trail are some of the routes you can’t miss.
3. Switzerland (32 / 1.000)
Of course, Switzerland is already well-known for its beautiful hiking routes and clearly, there’s some history to learn as well. The Hangried Hueb: Uitikon – Uetliberg trail is supposed to be the best but don’t hesitate to test it for yourself.