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Hiking Your Way Through the Eras Tour

Apr 7, 2024 | Travel Tips

In March 2023, Taylor Swift, already a pretty well known pop star, launched the Eras Tour, a stadium tour spanning five continents and more than 150 shows over almost two years, propelling her into super stardom. Much of 2023 was dominated by conversations on how to get coveted tickets to one of her shows and many fans are traveling far and wide to see Taylor Swift perform.

Currently on break, Taylor Swift will be heading to Europe in May and for those of you who were lucky enough to get tickets, there are plenty of things to do before and after attending the show as the tour winds its way through some of Europe’s greatest cities.  Yes, there are museums, cathedrals, and lots more cultural riches to enjoy but if you’re a Swiftie AND a hiker, we’ve laid out some great opportunities to hit the trails.

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Madrid, Spain

Closer to the end of May, Swift brings her tour to Madrid, where you can explore the mountains around Spain’s beautiful capital city. Get out to the Sierra de Guadarrama, the range closest to the city, and hike the Siete Picos (Seven Peaks) or the range’s highest mountain, Peñalara which is a popular hike.

Further west is the Sierra de Gredos, another mountain range laced with hiking trails, including the hike up to the summit of Almanzor, Morezón and the hike to Laguna Grande.

Madrid sizzles in the summer, so May is a perfect time to get out on these mountain hikes. Visit the Spain page for more information on hiking in Spain including useful websites, guidebooks, and apps.

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Lyon, France

At the beginning of June, the tour heads to Lyon, France, where you can easily access the stunning French Alps. A less than two-hour drive will take you to Parc national des Écrins (Écrins National Park). With its towering peaks, crystalline lakes, and lush valleys, this natural sanctuary offers adventurers an escape into untamed beauty. Hikers can traverse a network of trails, each unveiling breathtaking vistas, such as Pic de Morgon, Lac de la Muzelle, Lac du Lauvitel, and White Glacier.

A little further along is Parc national de la Vanoise (Vanoise National Park). Trek through rugged mountain trails adorned with colorful alpine flora and keep an eye out for elusive wildlife such as chamois and marmots. Majestic glaciers and cascading waterfalls punctuate the landscape, offering awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. Take on the challenging Col d’Aussois hike, considered a classic hike in Vanoise or for something a bit easier (but still beautiful), the Glacier du Grand Méan hike.

If there is still snow in these parks at the beginning of June (which is not unusual), then hike in the regional parks closer to Lyon such as Massif Bauges Regional Natural Park or Chartreuse Natural Park. Visit the France page for more information on hiking in France including where and when to go hiking there, as well as useful websites, guidebooks and apps.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Next, we find ourselves in Edinburgh, Scotland where the rugged Highlands are within a couple of hours’ drive from the city.  The Southern Highlands are closest to Edinburgh where you can hike in the beautiful and popular Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, climbing up Ben Lomond and visiting Britain’s largest lake. If you don’t feel like leaving the city to go on a hike, then try the Arthur’s Seat hike, a chance to climb up this iconic landmark in the heart of Edinburgh.

June is a perfect month to hike in Scotland (but watch out for those midges!). Visit the Scotland page to learn more about where to hike in Scotland, including guidebooks, maps, apps and useful websites.

Liverpool, England

Sticking to the UK, the Eras Tour next stops in Liverpool, which doesn’t automatically bring to mind outdoor adventure. But if you head a couple of hours west of the city, you find yourself in beautiful Snowdonia National Park (Eryri National Park) in Wales. One of the most popular places to hike in the country, you will come across towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and serene lakes, as you embark on a diverse range of trails in the park. There are six routes up to the peak of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), considered the busiest mountain in Britain.  

Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff is next on the Eras Tour, at the very south of Wales, so not ideal for visiting Snowdonia National Park, but is a great base to visit Brecon Beacons National Park. Ascend the iconic peaks of Pen y Fan and Corn Du for panoramic views of the sweeping valleys below or wander through ancient woodlands and meandering rivers.

Visit the Wales page to get more information on hiking in Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks, including guidebooks, useful websites, and maps.

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Dublin, Ireland

Hopping across to Dublin in early summer, you need only to go a short distance to reach Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of the best places to hike in all of Ireland. If you’re staying in Ireland for a prolonged period of time, head off on the unforgettable Wicklow Way, one of Ireland’s most famous Waymarked Ways and a 130 km route taking you through the country’s most stunning scenery. Or try out one of the many day hikes available, taking in the rugged mountains, pristine lakes and lush valleys.

June is a great time to hike in Ireland, when there’s less of a chance of rain that the country is known for. Visit the Ireland page for more information on where to hike in the country, including guidebooks, useful websites and maps.

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Zurich, Switzerland

The Eras Tour comes to Zurich in July and how can you be in Switzerland in July and not stretch your legs in the Swiss Alps? The options for hiking are endless in this Alpine nation but a couple of suggestions closest to Zurich are around Lucerne, where Mount Pilatus and Rigi Mountain have hiking trails leading to panoramic views.  A little further, immerse yourself in the Glarus Alps, with its rugged peaks, pristine glaciers, and verdant valleys. Ascend to the towering summit of the Tödi, the highest peak in the region, and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Visit the Switzerland page for more information on where to hike in Switzerland, and to find out about resources such as guidebooks, useful websites, apps and more.

Milan, Italy

Milan is the next stop on the Eras Tour and what better way to experience la dolce vita in Italy than to head to the mountains north of the city. Just an hour away from Milan is the very lovely Italian Lakes region. Nestled amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Alps, this picturesque destination boasts a plethora of trails catering to hikers of all skill levels. Ascend to panoramic viewpoints offering sweeping vistas of the  shimmering lakes of Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Lugano, each exuding its own unique charm. Explore historic towns and ancient ruins nestled along the shores and indulge in delicious local cuisine and wines after a day of exploration.

Southern Italy is baking in July but northern Italy is perfect for exploration at this time of year. Visit the Italy page for lots more information on hiking in Italy, including where and when to hike, as well as guidebooks, useful websites and maps.

Munich, Germany

At the end of July, the Eras Tour comes through Munich, Germany. Just a short distance from the city center, the Bavarian Alps offer a stunning backdrop for outdoor exploration. Visit Berchtesgaden National Park, which offers some of the best hiking in the country, including around the beautiful Alpine lake of Könnigsee.  Or, base yourself in the popular town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where you can ascend to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views stretching across snow-capped peaks and verdant valleys. Another base is Mittenwald which has excellent hiking trails to explore.

Visit the Germany page for more inspiration on where to hike in Germany and to access information such as guidebooks, useful websites and more.

The Eras Tour makes a few more European stops in August before wrapping up the tour in Vancouver, Canada in December 2024. Vancouver is a beautiful city, surrounded by mountains and offering up stunning hiking in the region. However, December is not the ideal time to do so where you’ll encounter rain and snow on most trails. Even the iconic Grouse Grind, the climb up a local mountain and almost a rite of passage for Vancouverites, is closed in the winter months.

We hope we’ve provided some inspiration for you lucky Eras Tour ticket-holders to enjoy your time in these places while attending the show. Visit Where to Hike When for more information on mountain hiking around the world ensuring that you don’t have a “cruel summer”!  


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