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Pistenkuh, GPS tour book mountains of the Balkans

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GPS offroad tour book mountains of the Balkans

Book including data download

Description from Sabine and Burkhard:

We explore Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania along the Dinaric Mountains. We reach Greece via North Macedonia and drive north again in Bulgaria. In Serbia we reach the Danube Valley, Romania forms the end of the book. Gravel roads, forest paths, grass tracks, from easy to difficult, through natural forests, over barren high plateaus, along unique summit panoramas, promise a varied off-road trip. We get to know the diversity of the Balkan countries and yet notice one thing in common: the warm hospitality of the residents. With the download code in the book you get the tracks and waypoints for all routes as GPX and KML files for import into your navigation system.

In the appendix to the route description there is a waypoint list that provides guidance for the passenger who cannot see the GPS device. A level of difficulty (SG) is indicated for each route, which makes it easier to make your own assessment in conjunction with the vehicle classes (FZK). We evaluated the routes in the form of stars, which incorporated our impression of driving fun, scenic beauty and experience value. These stars are of course very subjective.
Tips and tricks for off-road driving and background information round off the off-road travel guide.

Data download

With the data download you get for each route:
- all GPS tracks and waypoints (GPX)

There are two subfolders in the “GPS data” folder. The track and waypoint list for each off-road route is stored in duplicate in these. On the one hand as a kml file for display on Google Earth and as a gpx file, the exchange format for all navigation programs and GPS devices.

We hope you enjoy this travel guide and a
eventful trip.


280 pages

Routes in the individual countries

4 in Slovenia
2 in Croatia
7 in Bosnia
5 in Montenegro
2 in Kosovo
3 in Albania
2 in North Macedonia
2 in Greece
6 in Bulgaria
3 in Serbia
2 in Romania


Vehicle classes (FZK) 1-4

There are always questions about our classification of vehicle classes. This is how we divide:
FZK-1 off-road vehicle (Defender, Cruiser, G, etc.) almost in original condition.
FZK-2 pickup with cab, 4x4Sprinter, Bremach, Daily4x4 etc.
KZK-3 trucks up to 12 tons, Unimog, 12M18, 1017, TGL etc.
FZK-4 heavy trucks, Zetros 6×6, MAN KAT etc.

The transitions are fluid. A light, compact Unimog can also travel on FZK-2 routes that may not be possible for a pickup with an extremely heavy, high cabin and poor embankment and ramp angles and this pickup belongs more to category 3.

There are 38 routes in the Balkan Mountains off-road tour book.
These are all passable with FZK 1+2.
17 routes are passable with FZK 3 and
5 routes with FZK 4.

Is four-wheel drive required?
The slopes are predominantly gravel and dirt roads. In midsummer when the weather is dry, four-wheel drive is not required on many routes. However, the vehicle must have sufficient ground clearance and short overhangs.
Of the 38 routes, 15 slopes require four-wheel drive, 23 routes should be manageable without a 4×4 in summer. (Provided you drive carefully).



Book including data download for a total of 33 off-road routes in 11 Balkan countries

Sabine and Burkhard Koch

280 pages, 460 g
Language: German



Sabine and Burkhard, both born in 1965, have been traveling together since they were 16. On one of her first trips, the desire to be independent of time and to live mobile arose. They have been modern nomads since 2004: They traveled with their snow groomer around Africa and the Middle East for a few years, drove overland to India and lived in a Land Cruiser in Australia for two years. They have covered around 600,000 km in more than 80 countries in various four-wheel drive vehicles. They document their travel experiences in films, lectures and books.