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The Best Countries for Hiking 

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Updated June 14, 2019 7.9k votes 766 voters 10.9k views 48 items

List Rules Upvote the country that has the best terrain, mountains or hills to go for a leisurely hike

This is a ranked list of the best countries for hiking as voted on by men and women. These places include some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the world such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, and South Africa. These are all some of the top places to go hiking in the world. This list answers the question, “what are the best countries in the world to go hiking?” Whether you are looking for beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous bodies of water, or luscious greenery, these places offer all the lovely landscapes you could ever wish to trek upon. Many countries in Europe offer vast hiking routes while other countries just offer gorgeous open landscapes to tread upon. Each of these best countries for hiking offer distinct features as well. Those seeking the thrill of being one with the land and discovering new countries by foot might want to venture to far off lands like Bhutan. Excellent hiking can also be had in North America in the United States and Canada as well.  Whether looking for an extreme activity or a leisurely stroll these ranked places offer great hiking in every part of the world. As a traveler looking for the world’s best hiking you might ask yourself, “Where are best spots to hike around the world?”. Well here we have compiled a list of the very best places for this activity.

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New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Māori language, New Zealand Sign Language, English Language

Capital: Wellington

Founded: 1840-02-06

Currency: New Zealand dollar

Area: 268680.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: God Defend New Zealand, God Save the Queen

Divisions: Bay of Plenty, Otago Region, Tasman District, West Coast, Wellington, + more

Best trails: Queen Charlotte Track, Te Araroa Trail, and Milford Track

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Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Romansh language, French Language, German Language

Capital: Bern

Founded: 1291

Currency: Swiss franc

Area: 41285.0

Government: Federal republic, Directorial system

Anthem: Swiss Psalm

Divisions: Seftigen District, Canton of Vaud, Canton of Glarus, Canton of Aargau, Canton of Zurich, + more

Best trails: Eiger Trail, Jaunbach gorge, Zermatt Lakes Trail and Hardergrat

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Canada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language, English Language

Capital: Ottawa

Founded: 1867

Currency: Canadian dollar

Area: 9984670.0

Government: Federal monarchy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: O Canada

Divisions: Agassiz, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, + more

Best trails: Great Divide Trail, Bruce Trail

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Iceland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Icelandic Language

Capital: Reykjavik

Founded: 1904-02-01

Currency: Icelandic króna

Area: 103001.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Lofsöngur

Divisions: Westfjords, Norðurland vestra, Eastern Region, Iceland, Capital Region, + more

Best trails: Glymur, The Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek, Landmannalaugar Hike

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Sweden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Swedish Language

Capital: Stockholm

Founded: 1397

Currency: Swedish krona

Area: 449964.0

Government: Representative democracy, Hereditary monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Du gamla, Du fria

Divisions: Gotland County, Falköping Municipality, Värmland County, Blekinge County, Norrbotten County, + more

Best trails: Kungsleden (King’s Trail), Pilgrimsleden (Pilgrim Trail), Utvandrarleden (Emigrant Trail)

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United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Founded: 1776-07-04

Currency: United States dollar

Area: 9826675.0

Government: Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner

Divisions: New Hampshire, Cowlitz County, Chicago, Marshall Islands, Montana, + more

Best trails: Half Dome, Angel's Landing, Devils Garden Trail, Franconia Ridge Loop

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Scotland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Scottish English

Capital: Edinburgh

Founded: 0843

Currency: UK £

Area: 78387.0

Government: Devolution, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Is There for Honest Poverty, Scotland the Brave, Flower of Scotland, Scots Wha Hae, Highland Cathedral

Divisions: Orkney

Best trails: Old Man of Hoy, Stac Pollaidh, Muckle Flugga

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Germany is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
PanagiotisStavropoulos added German Language

Capital: Berlin

Founded: 1949-05-23

Currency: Euro

Area: 357021.0

Government: Representative democracy, Federal republic, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Deutschlandlied

Divisions: Munich, Bremen, Haan, Hanover, Hesse, + more

Best trails: Herzogstand to Heimgarten, Painter's Way, Partnachklamm

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking

Capital: Canberra

Founded: 1901-01-01

Currency: Australian dollar

Area: 7692024.0

Government: Federal monarchy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Advance Australia Fair

Divisions: Christmas Island, Town of Claremont, Victoria, South Australia, Melbourne, + more

Best trails: Overland Track, Larapinta Trail, Great Ocean Walk

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France is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
French Language

Capital: Paris

Founded: 1792

Currency: CFP franc, Euro

Area: 674843.0

Government: Semi-presidential system, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: La Marseillaise

Divisions: Haute-Loire, Cher, Vendée, Hérault, Alsace, + more

Best trails: Le Chemin des Rognes, Lac Blanc, GR 20

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Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language, Irish

Capital: Dublin

Founded: 1916-04-24

Currency: Euro

Area: 70273.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Amhrán na bhFiann

Divisions: County Wexford, County Kildare, County Sligo, Munster, County Leitrim, + more

Best trails: The Causeway Coast Way, Divis Ridge Trail, Glendalough

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Nepal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Nepali Language

Capital: Kathmandu

Founded: 2007-12-28

Currency: Nepalese rupee

Area: 140800.0

Government: Federal republic, Republic, Federation

Anthem: Rastriya Gaan, Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka

Divisions: Lumbini Zone, Janakpur Zone, Narayani Zone, Seti Zone, Gandaki Zone, + more

Best trails: Everest Basecamp, Great Himalaya Trail and the Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Spain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Capital: Madrid

Currency: Euro

Area: 505992.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Marcha Real

Divisions: Province of Zamora, Province of Segovia, Province of Soria, La Rioja, Province of Valladolid, + more

Best trails: Ruta del Cares, Peñalara, Camino de Santiago

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Greece is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
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Capital: Athens

Founded: 1821-03-25

Currency: Euro

Area: 131940.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary system

Anthem: Hymn to Liberty

Divisions: Chios, Phthiotis, Argolis, Pella, Dodecanese Prefecture, + more

Best trails: The Menalon Trail, The Viros Gorge, Mount Athos

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Argentina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Capital: Buenos Aires

Founded: 1816-07-09

Currency: Argentine peso

Area: 2780400.0

Government: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic, Constitutional republic

Anthem: Argentine National Anthem

Divisions: San Juan Province, Argentina, Comuna 5, Lihuel Calel department, Maipú Department, + more

Best trails: Fitz Roy Trek, Aconcagua

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Italy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Italian Language

Capital: Rome

Founded: 1861-03-17

Currency: Euro

Area: 301230.0

Government: Constitutional republic, Unitary republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Il Canto degli Italiani

Divisions: Province of Medio Campidano, Province of Genoa, Province of La Spezia, Province of Pavia, Province of Catanzaro, + more

Best trails: Sentiero Azzurro, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Alta Via

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Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Slovak Language

Capital: Bratislava

Founded: 1918-10-28

Currency: Euro

Area: 49036.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Nad Tatrou sa blýska

Divisions: Nitra Region, Žilina Region, Trenčín Region, Bratislava Region, Košice Region, + more

Best trails: Peak Velky Rozsutec, Loop hike in Velka Fatra mountains, High Tatras

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Andorra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Catalan language

Capital: Andorra la Vella

Currency: Euro

Area: 468.0

Government: Diarchy, Coregency, Monarchy, Principality, Unitary state, + more

Anthem: El Gran Carlemany

Divisions: Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Ordino, La Massana, Encamp, + more

Best trails: Vall de Rialb - Estany Blau, Els Pessons, Pic de la Serrera

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Liechtenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
German Language

Capital: Vaduz

Founded: 1806

Currency: Swiss franc

Area: 160.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Oben am jungen Rhein

Divisions: Planken, Triesenberg, Triesen, Mauren, Eschen, + more

Best trails: Bergdorf Malbun, Fürstensteig, Stausee Kleinsteg

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England is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
English Language

Capital: London

Currency: UK £

Area: 130395.0

Government: Constitutional monarchy, Constituent country

Divisions: East Midlands, South East England, North East England, East of England, Wakefield, + more

Best trails: Lairig Ghru, South Downs Way, South West Coast Path

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United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
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Capital: London

Founded: 1801

Currency: UK £

Area: 243610.0

Government: Hereditary monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: God Save the Queen

Divisions: Moyle District Council, Antrim, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kent, London Borough of Hillingdon, + more

Best trails: West Highland Way in Scotland, Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands

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Principality of Wales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
dazter added Welsh Language

Capital: Abergwyngregyn, Dolwyddelan

Founded: 1216

Government: Monarchy, Principality, Popular monarchy

Best trails: Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Snowdon im Blick, Chepstow to Tintern Abbey

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Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
pan__Ali added Czech Language

Capital: Prague

Founded: 1993-01-01

Currency: Czech koruna

Area: 78866.0

Government: Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Kde domov můj?

Divisions: Prague, Moravian-Silesian Region, South Moravian Region, Olomouc Region, Karlovy Vary Region, + more

Best trails: Edmundsklamm Loop from Schöna, Elbquelle (symbolisch) Loop from Špindlerův Mlýn, Tal der Eger Loop from Loket

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Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Luxembourgish language, French Language, German Language

Capital: Luxembourg

Founded: 1815-06-09

Currency: Euro

Area: 2586.0

Government: Monarchy, Grand duchy, Democracy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, + more

Anthem: Ons Heemecht

Divisions: Luxembourg District, Diekirch District, Grevenmacher District

Best trails: Mullerthal Trail Route 2, Escapardenne Lee Trail, Dream loop

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Peru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries for Hiking
Spanish Language

Capital: Lima

Founded: 1821-07-28

Currency: Peruvian nuevo sol

Area: 1285216.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: National Anthem of Peru

Divisions: San Martín Region, Apurímac Region, Amazonas Region, Moquegua Region, Puno Region, + more

Best trails: Machu Picchu, Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz

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