Bicycle path from Merano to Bolzano
|Length:||ca. 55 km|
|Altitude:||ca. 245 m|
|Duration:||ca. 3 hours|
|Ideal period:||March to October|
By bike from Merano to Bolzano
Holiday in the Meraner Land in South Tyrol is the ideal destination for active holidaymakers. Cycling on leisurely cycle paths, fast trails by mountain bike, stopping at the best local restaurants are just some of the highlights that South Tyrol has to offer.
However, it would be a pity to cover the 55 km long cycle track in one piece without stopping, too tempting are the neighbouring villages like Lana, Gargazon or Terlan. There is no need to overexert yourself here, there are enough inviting places to have a picnic or to stop at one of the excellent inns.
Many shady park benches ensure that you can take a comfortable break during your tour, even in the summer months. The resting and technical area near Burgstall, which, like the entire cycle path, is the motto of the four elements, deserves special mention. Here you can linger comfortably in the shady tree house or interested people can admire the over one hundred year old electric locomotive.
A constant companion on the cycle track is the train. Since the cycle path runs right next to the railway track and also reaches every station, a leisurely tour along the cycle path is even easier and more relaxed to plan.
The small place Lana offers so many historical peculiarities that a stop in Lana is certainly worthwhile. The place had a special meaning in the history of the church. Still today there are about 40 chapels, churches, convents and monasteries that can be admired. Museums bear witness to the peasant culture that culminated here. The castles and palaces in the surrounding area, some of which are still inhabited from the Middle Ages to the present day, offer interesting experiences for the historically interested cyclist. Especially important for Lana is the cultivation of apples and wine lovers will make a detour to Terlan. In this village, which can look back on 2000 years of wine-growing tradition, a very special wine is pressed. The vines grow in optimal conditions and form the basis of one of the best wines South Tyrol has to offer. The wines offer slightly mineral notes with strong fruity components. In the spring, when the Terlan asparagus, which is also a speciality, is added to the exquisite Terlan wines, the pleasure cyclist will get his money’s worth. It is worth leaving the cycle path in several places and simply strolling comfortably through the beautiful and interesting places. Here everyone gets his money’s worth, the gourmet, the gourmand, the historian and also the nature lover.
The highlight of the tour can be found in the last section. The cycle path at Sigmundskron leads along the main road towards Eppan after a short ascent into the cool forest. Here you can fully enjoy the peace and quiet before heading towards Bolzano. Between the state capital there is now only the descent from the forest across the Adige and into the lively city.
Map – Bicycle path from Merano to Bolzano