How does the Route Planner work?

Plan your perfect route with just a few clicks. Choose your activity and set the individual waypoints directly on the map. Or simply enter the start and finish points and let our planner calculate the best route for you!

Plan your Route

You can find the route planner in the top left hand corner of the bar under "routes" → "route planner".

Before you start to plan a route, you should choose the activity you want to do. This is important because the automatic routing via the route network selects the routes according to your activity and also includes them in the calculation of the duration.

There are three possibilities when planning your route:

  1. Enter the start and end point of the route under "Route" on the left of the map. The route planner will now suggest the best route for your chosen activity. Of course you can not only enter the start and end point, but also other intermediate destinations. You can delete the individual points with the "X" or change the order by holding down the three bars on right.
  2. Mark the starting point and the course of your route by clicking on the map. Use the right mouse button to edit the route.
  3. Import a GPX file by using the button "Import GPX". The GPX route is now shown in the route planner and you have the possibility to edit it.

By clicking on "Reverse" you can change the direction of the route, by clicking on "Reset" you discard your planning.

How does the route planner in the app work?

The route planner has the same design on iOS and Android devices.

To get into the route planner, first go to the map symbol in the main menu. Either you can start right away by pressing and holding the map or you tap the green route symbol in the upper right corner.

By pressing and holding the map you can set individual waypoints. Alternatively you can enter a location or an address in the list view for the waypoints. The list view can be found in the upper right corner of the map under the button "A,B,C". Set the corresponding activity for your route in the menu at the bottom left using the drop-down arrow. Use the two arrows in the middle of the menu to undo or redo the last editing step.

Altitude profile and trail types

Below the map you will see the altitude profile and the trail types. You can show or hide this view by using the arrow on the far right in the grey bar. If the route types are not shown but are known, you can enter them manually by using the button "Edit route". First select the desired trail type and then select the section you want to change, either in the elevation profile or in the course of the route. Don't forget to save your changes!

Good to know

  • Below the map, the grey bar shows you the length, duration, ascent and descent, as well as the highest and lowest point of the route.
  • Use the full-screen symbol (two arrows) at the top right of the map to switch to the full-screen view of the route planner for even clearer planning
  • Zoom in on the map by using the "+" and "-" icons in the upper right corner of the map. You can also use your mouse wheel or laptop's touchpad.
  • Move the map by holding down the left mouse button.
  • With free input you can manually trace your route, for example, if the network routing has not given you the right route or if you want to adjust a route. You can activate this function at the bottom center of the map (the horizontal horseshoe symbol).
  • If you want to change the course of the route afterwards, you can insert an intermediate point on the route with a right-click and move it as you like. With right-click, you can also connect the points directly or connect freely routed sections on the route.
  • Select your preferred map and style in the map list at the bottom right and choose to have route networks and additional layers displayed.
  • With the two "forward" and "back" arrows you can undo or restore your last action.
  • Use the "More" button at the bottom right of the map to view "My map" and various content, or import your GPX file.
  • With the selection icon (at the bottom center of the map, the small square) you can select several points and then delete them or move the entire selection. Choose "New selection" to change your selection. You close the selection tool by using the "X" in the upper right corner or by clicking on the symbol again.
  • The route planner works on the mobile website as well as in the app.
  • Both in the app and on the web, you can easily plan a circular route. Set your waypoints that mark the first part of the loop. Click on the waypoint that represents the beginning of your loop. Select "Route to here" and the loop will be created automatically. 

Save as a route or a plan?

After clicking on "Next", you can now give your planned route a name, add a short description and check the activity again. You now have the option to save the route as a plan or to create a route. When you create a route, you can add more information such as directions, details and pictures. You can then publish and share them in the community. You can also create a route from a plan later. 

Reviewing the route

If you have saved a route, you can add pictures and further information to it.

  • Under "Media" you can add photos and videos.

  • Under "Description" enter a description, a route description, start and finish. In addition, you can add an author's tip, safety instructions, equipment and further information and links.

  • Under "Details" you can enter an author's rating, rate the difficulty of the route according to physical condition and the SAC hiking scale, and indicate the best time of year for the route. If the calculated values for the duration and altitude difference of the route do not correspond to reality, you can also adjust or round off the values and assign the appropriate values. With the help of these properties, the routes can be filtered later in the route search.

  • In the tab "Approach" you can specify if and how the route can be reached by public transport, the best way to get there and if parking is possible at the starting point of the route.


Can I plan routes in offline mode without an Internet connection?

Routes and maps can be saved offline. However, it is not possible to plan routes on a map saved offline. In route planning, data is required for routing, which must be loaded via our system and therefore via an Internet connection.

So if you want to make changes to a route or plan a route from scratch, you need either a mobile data connection or WLAN.

Recommended Reading