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The Brenner-Bolzano/Bozen cycling path

 
The pretty Isarco/Eisack Valley can be easily and conveniently explored by bicycle from the state border at Brenner to Bolzano/Bozen. The entire distance is paved and if you start in the north it is more or less downhill all the way.

It is enthralling to observe how the landscape changes, from rather austere at higher elevations to verdant orchards and vineyards with distinctly Mediterranean vegetation in the south. The first small town you come to is Vipiteno/Sterzing, followed by several pretty villages and the fortress of Franzensfeste.

At this point the valley opens up at the monastery of Novacella/Neustift and passes the bathing lake of Varna/Vahrn just north of the former bishop’s seat of Bressanone/Brixen and its magnificent cathedral.

From there it follows the River Isarco/Eisack to the artists’ town of Chiusa/Klausen. The next stage to Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck and Colma/Kollmann requires a modicum of energy though the view of Trostburg Castle is amazing.

From there the cycle path continues to South Tyrol’s capital town Bolzano through picturesque scenery. This is an excellent family ride and can of course be undertaken in several stages.

1st stage: from the Brenner Pass to Bressanone/Brixen
Starting point: Brenner Pass
Finish: Bressanone/Brixen
Distance: 49.35 km
Time required: 2 ½ hours
Elevation drop/gain: 2,970 ft/905 m downhill; 377 ft/115 m uphill
Difficulty rating: easy to medium

2nd stage: from Fortezza/Franzensfeste to Bolzano/Bozen
Starting point: Fortezza/Franzensfeste
Finish: Bolzano/Bozen
Distance: 52.35 km
Time required: 2 ½ hours
Elevation drop/gain: 1,903 ft/580 m downhill, 262 ft/80 m uphill
Difficulty rating: easy to medium
Valle Isarco/Eisacktal tourist board
Grosser Graben 26 A,
I-39042 Bressanone/Brixen
Tel. + 39 0472 802232
www.eisacktal.com  

 
 

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