Trekking Through History: The Second European Peace Walk

Many travelers are familiar with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk, but there is a new journey that seems to be gaining traction with everyone from history buffs and outdoorsy types to those looking for a creative way to disconnect from email and cell phones for several weeks in the European countryside.

The inaugural European Peace Walk (EPW) took place last summer, a century after The Great War began. Groups of travelers left Vienna on a six-country, 23 day walk of peace to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

On July 27, 2015 the second annual walk will begin and participants will cover nearly 342 miles, starting in Austria and traveling through Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia before ending at the Mediterranean Sea in Trieste, Italy.

Walkers come from all over the world, and have many reasons for participating, from honoring family members who died or were actively involved in the war to those who want to celebrate peace and honor the past to travelers eager to slowly walk through small towns and villages, exploring parts of Europe many tourists rarely visit.

The walk will visit historic and cultural places of interest along the way. Last year’s walkers slept in hostels, schools, a brewery, sports halls, mountain huts, Rock Cafes, student residences, and even a cowboy’s fish farm. Changes this year also include improving the quality and reducing the price of accommodations for participants.

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