South Tyrol total: 8 days on the bike from the Dolomites to the gardens of Italy

8 Days

Your trip

Experience South Tyrol as intensively as only two wheels can. About good developed bike paths learn You the uniqueness and the special flair of this small country: an unspoiled nature with nature with rushing rivers, legendary mountains and mountains and idyllic lakes, living customs and cultivated culture in a country whose history has left has left numerous traces.

I promise you – this trip will inspire you!

Why?

Well, quite simply: hardly any of our bike tours are as diverse as this circular tour through South Tyrol.

> Experience the high mountains of the Dolomites in the Three Peaks Nature Park by bike on day 1 from Alta Pusteria.

> Pass the Reschen Pass with its world famous tower in the lake on day 6 and the Jaufen Pass into the Brenner Valley on day 7.

> On day 6, cycle along the young, wildly rushing Adige River below the Texel Group and past the Ortler Massif towards the magnificent Alpine panorama around Merano.

> Pass through the gardens of South Tyrol with its abundance of wine and fruit.

> Enjoy the legendary South Tyrolean hospitality in the city triangle of Bressanone – Bolzano – Merano. Among all its fortresses and castles, Castle Tyrol certainly stands out, and you can take time for its impressive exhibition and architecture on Day 5.


The bike tour leads

you from the eastern Pustertal and

the Dolomites to the provincial capital Bolzano,

to Lake Kaltern, to the spa town of Merano and to the
Vinschgau Valley. For the crowning finale, we will take you by transfer to the Jaufen Pass.
From there it goes by bike to the Fuggerstadt
Sterzing and again back to the Episcopal city
Bressanone.

A wonderful week on two wheels!

Accommodation

You will stay in selected, regionally typical hotels of the 3*** – or 4**** – category along the route. The rooms have shower and toilet. We offer single or double rooms as:

> one double room with one double bed each.

> 2-bed room with two separate beds each.

Note: On this tour, rich in popular excursion sites and seaside resorts, we cooperate with several hotels. This may affect the length of the stage on some days, as well as change the stage finish. In any case, the route description will give you detailed information about all the routes. If a route is shorter one day, then the next one is correspondingly longer the day after. In total you cycle the same route.

Choose the price category Comfort, then we book for you beautiful rooms in exquisite hotels of the higher 4**** category.

The route

Basically the tour is described as easy bike tour for created for everyone. However, we have worked out a whole series of supplementary suggestions for you in our tour description on komoot, which go quite well ‘into the legs’. So you will also get up to speed quite well with your pulse and learn to appreciate the variety of climbs, descents and pleasure routes.

If you like – get off your bike in between and explore the magnificent mountain world on foot and or with the mountain railroads. From Bolzano we propose you on day 4 in our tour description on komoota hike to the natural wonder of the earth pyramids. On day 5 you still have time in Merano for the panoramic path to Dorf Tirol and the very worth seeing castle Schloss Tirol.

In recent years, the network of cycle paths in South Tyrol’s valleys very well developed been developed. Although South Tyrol is mainly known for its unique mountain world, you will find many simple ones here, flat valley bike paths without major climbs. The total length of the bike route is about 300 km. During the day you will be up to 65 km on the saddle.


Please note:
The trip is unfortunately not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Exclusively for you

On some days we have put together some exciting and exclusive supplementary and alternative suggestions especially for you as Tours – And – Travel – travelers. You can find these tips only here on our site and in the planning and navigation app komoot.de.

If you enjoy a short bike – excursion into the heart of the Three Peaks Dolomites on day 1 or a hike to the natural spectacle of the Ritten Earth Pyramids on day 3, please download the komoot – app on your cell phone and save the following collection on your device (“make available offline”): https://www.komoot.de/collection/1990578, see below.

Rental bikes

Touring / trekking bike ladies, men: If you want to rent a bike from us, you get a very good unisex touring bike optionally with Shimano Deore / Alivio 27-speed derailleur and freewheel or 7-speed Shimano Nexus gears with coaster and Royal saddle. Also available as a men’s bike.

Premium bike: aluminum touring bike equipped with Shimano Deore XT, 21 speed derailleur freewheel.

E-bikes: You can also rent an electric bike for this trip. These unisex bikes are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 100 km, varying depending on driving style.

All bikes are equipped with mudguards, puncture-proof tires, single-sided waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), bike computer, repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

The bikes of sizes S – XL and the corresponding equipment such as repair kit, air pump, spare tube, bike lock, saddle bag are ready for you at the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, simply drop off the rental bike at the last hotel. Return transportation is provided. Models may vary depending on region and availability.

Please indicate your height when booking!

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.

For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

In Italy, helmets are not compulsory. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip.

Arrival

by train:

Your starting point Bressanone, but also Merano and Bolzano are very easy to reach by train. You drive via Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass or via East Tyrol / Pustertal to Brixen. From Munich you can also reach Brixen with the Flixbus reach. Further information is also available from the Deutsche Bahn travel information service or from TrenItalia.

by car:

Come via the Brenner freeway (A22) to Brixen or via the Felbertauern road to Lienz in East Tyrol, across the Austrian-Italian border and continue on the SS49 through the Puster Valley to Bressanone. Depending on the hotel, you can park either in a hotel parking lot or garage at a price of about 60,00 € per week. Please pay directly on site. Reservation is neither possible nor necessary.

Country information

Please see our entry information for Italy on our Country Information page.

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. you can find a quote on our travel insurance page.

Unforgettable

  • The vast wine lands of Val Venosta in front of the magnificent mountain panorama
  • Gentle bike paths along rivers and lakes at the foot of the Dolomites
  • Merano, Bressanone, Bolzano - South Tyrol!

From day to day

Arrival to Bressanone :
Day 1

Individual journey to the starting hotel in Bressanone/Brixen.



Plan a little time for the baroque old town with its magnificent arcades and the cathedral of the prince bishops


.

Hotel
Dobbiaco - Dolomites - Bressanone/Brixen :
Day 2

Bike tour Dobbiaco – Alta Pusteria – Bressanone, 70 km, 450 m ↑, 1,100 m ↓, ~ 5 h
or 95 km, 750 m ↑, 1,400 m ↓, ~ 5 h

In the morning the train takes you to the land of the Dolomites. Coming from Bressanone, after one stop on the regional train, change trains at the Franzfeste fortress station. Continue towards Lienz up into the lovely Alta Pusteria valley, lined with many castles and fortresses. Please get off at the train station in Dobbiaco.

Have you booked rental bikes? Then get the bikes here in Dobbiaco within walking distance of the train station.

Now you have the choice:

You follow directly the bike route along the railroad back to Bressanone – or you decide for our exclusive extra tip:

A stitch tour of about 20 km and about 250 meters of altitude difference leads you directly into the heart of the world-famous Three Peaks Dolomites.

Ride past Dobbiaco Lake, follow the long-distance bike path Munich – Venice or the valley road along the Rienz River through the wild and romantic Höhlensteintal Valley in the middle of the Three Peaks Nature Park. After about 10 km, you can stop for a mountain coffee at Lake Dürrensee or beforehand at the Hotel Drei-Zinnen-Blick. Please plan a good 3 hours for this detour into the high mountains. I promise you: you will be thrilled!

Please note: We recommend this side trip exclusively. You can find the route described on komoot.de under Rundtour Toblach – Dolomiten. Use the komoot app for navigation if you like.

Saturated with fresh alpine air, you make your way back to Dobbiaco and enjoy the rapid descent.

Whether with or without a detour. The way back to Bressanone leads you down the Hochputestal always along the Rienz.
The bike tour

leads you past the famous Braies Valley, which stretches towards the south.

Past the Olang reservoir and the Following the river Rienz, you will reach the Michael Pacher town of Bruneck. The old bishop’s castle is now home to Reinhold Messner’s Museum of the Mountain People.

Continue leisurely through the lower Pustertal cycling, you will pass through the ruins of the Mühlbacher Klause fortress into the Eisack Valley. In the evening you will climb by bike the
Franzfeste
. If you like, just before Bressanone you can take a look at the monastery complex
of Neustift.

Is the way too far or the time already advanced? No problem: on the way you can always get on the same train that brought you to Dobbiaco in the morning – just in the opposite direction, of course.

Breakfast
Hotel
Bressanone - Bolzano :
Day 3

Brixen – Bozen bike tour, 40 km, 200 m ↑, 500 m ↓, ~ 4 h

The Eisacktal cycle path from Bressanone to Bolzano along the river Eisack gives you the direction today.

The starting point is the bishop’s town of Bressanone, which you leave towards the south. Soon the picturesque The small town of Chiusa with its narrow streets and houses invites you for a first visit.

They follow the torrent of the Eisack. Again and again you will dive into mighty tunnels of the former railroad line Bolzano – Bressanone. As the tracks now connect the towns deep inside the mountain, they have created an impressive and excellently developed bike path space – far from the valley road.

The Brenner freeway is your constant companion on this section. Since it runs mainly on high stilts far above the valley floor, it hardly ‘disturbs’ the cyclist’s experience.


Finally

South Tyrol’s capital Bolzano awaits you, the city where two cultures meet.

Breakfast
Hotel
Bolzano - Lake Caldaro - Bolzano :
Day 4

Round trip Bolzano – Lake Caldaro, 50 km, 300 m ↑↓, ~ 4 h
or: Hike to the earth pyramids

Today’s program includes a bike tour in South Tyrol’s most famous wine-growing region and around Lake Kaltern.

Passing Sigmundskron Castle, you first cycle to Eppan, the largest wine-growing community in South Tyrol. You continue on their way to Kaltern. Those who wish can make a short detour beforehand at St. Michael’s to the idyllic Montiggler See lake and take a refreshing swim. The municipality of Kaltern is at any definitely worth a visit, as is the South Tyrolean Wine Museum. Shortly after Kaltern awaits you the Kalterer See before you cycle along the Etsch cycle path back to Bolzano.

Exclusively for you as Tours & Travel – travelers we would like to recommend an alternative program for this day:

If you enjoy leaving the bike at the hotel for a day and instead climb into the mountains hiking, consider the following idea:

A about 5 hours round trip hike takes you around 20 km and ~ 1,100 vertical meters ↑↓ from the valley station of the Ritten mountain railroad to Oberbozen from the city center of Bolzano to the Lake Mittelstiel at the Ortelkopf (1,270 m) and to the Lake Wolfsgrubernto the mountain village of Oberbozen and – along an old Roman mountain road – directly to the natural wonderland of the Rittner earth pyramids. I promise you – you will be amazed!

This excursion to the heights of the Bolzano Alps above the valleys of the Isarco and Adige rivers will delight you.

If you like, you can shorten the outward or or return journey with the Rittner Bergbahn and also travel a bit through the Alps at altitude with the historic Rittner Bahn. The fare for the mountain railroad is included in the Bolzano Tourist Card, which you can get at the hotel (as of 2023).

Breakfast
Bolzano - Merano :
Day 5

Bolzano – Merano bike tour, 40 km, 200 m ↑↓, ~ 4 h

Along the “Wine Road” you will cross the largest fruit-growing area in South Tyrol. One orchard follows another the next. The famous South Tyrolean apple comes from here. Also the oldest winery in South Tyrol in Andrian is located on your way.

The route continues via Terlan and Nals to the municipality of Lana, which is definitely is worth a visit before you reach the spa town of Merano. Also worth seeing are the gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff, located just above Merano.

Alternatively, you can also cycle along the Etschradweg along the the dam directly to Merano.

Our Tip:

If you are already there, the first ice cream at the Uferpromande in Merano already eaten and the day is still young – experience Merano and the wide Etsch Valley from above in an impressively beautiful short hike along the Merano Panorama Trail.

The path leads you directly from the old town, from the town church St. Nikolaus through the herb garden of the town high up to the – touristically a bit overrun – village Tirol and the very worth seeing castle Castle Tirol.

Admission to the Tyrolean Regional Museum inside THE Castle of Tyrol is included in your spa card (as of 2023). Take a few hours to visit the castle and the exhibition on the history and identity of Tyrol. Highly recommended!

The way is very easy to find. We attach a variant as a hike in the Collection to this tour on komoot. Download the komoot app free of charge to your mobile device and select the tour https://www.komoot.de/tour/1157110064.

Download the tour to your device (“make available offline”) and use your cell phone as a navigator. All tours of this trip can be found as komoot collection under the link https://www.komoot.de/collection/1990578.

Breakfast
Hotel
Malles - Merano :
Day 6



Bike tour Mals – Vinschgau – Merano, 60 km, 200 m ↑ 850 m ↓, ~ 5 h


The Vinschgerbahn takes you from Merano to Malles.


By bike you explore always slightly downhill, along


of the Adige cycle path cycling the entire valley. The first stopover is Glurns, the smallest town in South Tyrol. Next


it goes through the fruit-growing area to Prad, Laas, Schlanders and Naturns back to the spa town of Merano.



Breakfast
Hotel
Jaufenpass - Bressanone :
Day 7

Bike tour from Jaufenpass to Brixen, 45 km, 200 m ↑ 1,700 m ↓, ~ 4 h

Transfer from Merano to the Jaufen Pass (2,094 m) and on to Sterzing.


If you want, you can already

Jaufenpass and enjoy the unique panorama during a brisk descent to Sterzing.
enjoy Wonderful bike paths lead from the upper Eisack Valley to the former customs station in Franzensfeste and on to the bishop’s town of Bressanone.

Hotel
Farewell to Val Venosta :
Day 8

Embark on your individual journey home or stay for one more night.

Breakfast

Services

Included in the travel package

  • Overnight stay in hotels of the selected category
  • Rich cyclist breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfers, incl. Bike ticket: Bressanone - Dobbiaco / Alta Pusteria (day 1), Merano - Malles (day 6), Merano - Passo Giovo - Vipiteno (day 7)
  • Video briefing on the cycle tour, detailed travel documents, navigation app
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Telephone service hotline for the duration of the bike tour

not included

  • Arrival and departure to and from Bressanone/Brixen
  • Parking lot at the starting hotel in Brixen, can be paid for on site, cannot be reserved in advance
  • Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
  • Lunch, dinner
  • Entries not mentioned
  • Bike rental and travel insurance only if booked
  • Anything not expressly mentioned under the item "Included services".

Dates and prices

Arrival days: every Wednesday and Saturday, from 26.05. also Sunday
Season 1 27.04. and 15.09.
Season 2 28.04. – 24.05.
Season 3 25.05. – 09.08. and 21.08. – 14.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 750 € 800 € 900 €
Single room w. breakfast 975 € 1.010 € 1.110 €
Double room COMFORT w. Breakfast 1.380 € 1.470 €
Single room COMFORT w. Breakfast 1.680 € 1.770 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Bressanone double room with breakfast 90 € 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Bressanone, single room with breakfast 110 € 110 € 110 €
Extra night in Bressanone/Brixen DZ COMFORT with breakfast 140 € 140 € 140 €
Extra night in Brixen EZ COMFORT with breakfast 200 € 200 € 200 €
Rental bicycles
E-bike 275 € 275 € 275 €
Touring bike 125 € 125 € 125 €
Touring bike Premium 180 € 180 € 180 €
Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you want to follow our tour suggestions, please install the KOMOOT app on your mobile device BEFORE you start your tour. Save this komoot - collection to your device and follow the maps or use the navigation function of komoot.

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