Vinschgau Bike Path

Reschen Pass to Merano, part of the Via Claudia Augusta

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Facts - Vinschgau Valley Bike Path

Length: ca. 86 km (Reschen to Meran)
Altitude: ca. 1200 m (Reschenpass: 1.500 hm, Meran: 320 hm)
Duration: ca. 4-5 hours
Difficulty: medium
Recommended time: March to October

Directions

Start at the Reschen Pass

The starting point of this bike tour is Reschen, which is at the northern tip of the beautiful Reschensee lake. This lake is one of the most important reservoirs in the Vinschgau Valley, as it was created after the end of the Second World War. Before Lake Reschen was built as a reservoir, the small village of Graun was located in this valley. To this day, the church tower rises out of Lake Reschen and many tourists take advantage of the ride on the Vinschgau to Merano cycle path to experience this tourist attraction. The Vinschgau to Merano cycle path continues along the left side of Lake Reschen, where bikers can enjoy the gigantic view of the mountain Ortler. Ortler is the highest mountain in Tyrol.

The trail continues towards the spa town of Merano to Burgeis. It winds idyllically along the right bank of Lake Haider and offers cyclists magnificent views of Lake Haider and the Vinschgau Valley. A special spectacle is offered at this point on the way to Merano by the Adige-Etsch River, which flows through Lake Haider here and plunges steeply over rock formations into the valley.

The cycle path continues through the beautiful landscapes of the Vinschgau Valley through a wide valley to the medieval town of Glurns. The town towers and the accessible town wall are definitely worth seeing in Glurns.
The tour continues through the Vinschgau Valley past numerous apple orchards to Merano. The 80-kilometre journey of discovery through the Vinschgau Valley ends here. The cycle path from Mals to Merano has a new course. In May 2011, the cycle path section between Silandro - Goldrain was completed and ceremoniously opened. Bikers no longer have to take the route from Silandro via Morter, but can continue cycling from Silandro on a flat stretch to Goldrain. From Goldrain the route continues to Latsch, where several restaurants invite you to take a break. The route continues through the centre of Laces to the entrance to the village in the east, where the cycle path follows the course of the Adige river again and so it goes leisurely past Castelbello-Kastelbell Castle, through orchards to Tschars, on to Staben with Juval Castle and to the popular holiday resort of Naturno-Naturns. From Naturno, the cycle path leads - always along the Adige River - to Plaus, Rabland and to Töll, the beginning of the Merano valley basin.


Ratings


Vinschgau Valley Cycle Route: 4,46 / 5,00 of 50 ratings.


Cycle map with refreshment stops

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Impressions - Vinschgau Valley Bike Path

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