Südtirol cycleways: overview

Published on:  | Last updated: 4 March 2017

There are two major international/national cycle routes that pass through the Südtirol: the Ciclopista del Sole (part of eurovelo 7) and the Via Claudia Augusta.

Ciclopista del Sole

The Ciclopista del Sole, is Italy’s longest-estab­lished long-distance cycle-route. It goes all the way to Rome and then to the Lazio coast - and it’s planned to continue to Sicilia. In the Südtirol the route runs almost entirely on surfaced traffic-free cycleways. The traffic-free cycleways take you as far as the Lago di Garda or Verona.

In the Südtirol the Ciclopista del Sole is made up from four local cycleways, each with their own name (actually usually at least two names):

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Brennerpass-Brixen 55kms
Border-Brixen (PusterTal) 85kms
Brixen-Bozen 42kms
Bozen-Trento 60kms

For more inform­ation see the detailed article: Ciclopista del Sole.

Cycleway between Bozen (Bolzano) and Trento part of the Ciclopista del Sole and Via Claudia Augusta

Cycleway between Bozen (Bolzano) and Trento part of the Ciclopista del Sole and Via Claudia Augusta

The individual cycleways

Drau Radweg

The Drau cycleway (ciclabile del Drava) links Toblach (Dobbiaco) with lienz in Austria where it connects with the … offering the possib­ility of continuing to Maribor in Slovenija or … in Austria

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The PusterBike (PusterTal Radweg/Ciclabile della Val Pusteria) runs through the green PusterTal. It is almost entirely traffic-free, with a short section of unsur­faced cycleway near Bruneck (Brunico).

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Read more about the Pusterbike cycleway.

EisackTal Radweg

The EisackTal Radweg (also know as the Ciclabile della Valle del Isarco or Ciclabile del Brennero) starts very shortly after Brenner pass and follows the Eisack (Isarco) river south meeting the Pusterbike at the Fortezza Festung.

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Etsch Radweg

The Etsch Radweg follows the river Etsch (Adige) south to Bozen via a series of attractive towns. It is almost entirely on traffic-free cycleways, however, there is a section through woodland north of Brixen (Bressanone) that might be difficult on road bikes - especially if it is wet.

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Cycleway in the Südtirol near Brixen (Bressanone)

Etsch cycleway near Brixen (Bressanone)

Ciclabile delle Dolomiti

The Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (formerly the Lunga Via delle Dolomiti) follows the old train line that linked Toblach (Dobbiaco) in the Südtirol with Cortina d’Ampezzo and Calalzo di Cadore in the Veneto. As well as being quite probably Italy’s most scenic cycleway, it offers long-distance tourers a very useful link into the Dolomites or to the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

Read the more detailed article: Ciclabile delle Dolomiti

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The Lunga Via delle Dolomiti between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Calalzo di Cadore

The Lunga Via delle Dolomiti between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Calalzo di Cadore

Via Claudia Augusta

The other inter­na­tional route through the region is the Via Claudia Augusta which starts at Donauwörth in Germany. It comes into Italy at the ReschenPass and then follows the Vinschgau (Val Venosta) through Meran (Merano) to Bozen (Bolzan) where it joins with the Ciclopista del Sole. The two cycleways follow the Etsch (Adige) river onwards to Trento. New: read the detailed guide: Via Claudia Augusta: overview.

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border-Meran 78kms
Meran-Bozen 35kms
Bozen-Trento 60kms
Via Claudia Augusta, looking down towards the Vinschgau (Val Venosta)

Via Claudia Augusta, looking down towards the Vinschgau (Val Venosta)

Vinschgau Radweg

This cycleway is very popular both with long-distance cycle tourers but also with people out for a day - ride - taking advantage of the train service to Mals to let the train take the strain. The route is almost entirely traffic-free with the exception of some brief inter­ludes as you pass through villages on the way. When I did the route in 2011 there was a short unsur­faced section north of Meran.

Via Claudia Augusta - in apple country

Via Claudia Augusta - in apple country in the Vinschgau (Val Venosta)

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More information elsewhere on the web

Brennero cycleway (Ciclopista del sole)

vallesarco.info (altern­ative link: eisacktal.info) has inform­ation, in 6 languages, about the Brennero cycleway through the Eisacktal (Valle Isarco) between the Brenner pass and Bozen (Bolzano).

Via Claudia Augusta (Vinschgau Radweg/Etschradweg/ciclabile del Val Venosta)

Probably the best sources of inform­ation are the main Süd Tirol cycling websites and the Via Claudia Augusta site. However there is some inform­ation on the local area sites: Cycling in Val Venosta and bikemeran.it German only.

Pustertal (Val Pusteria)

Information about the Pustertal/Val Pusteria cycleway Pusterbike.

Drauradweg (Drava) cycleway


Via Claudia Augusta - cyclists climbing towards the Reschenpass

Via Claudia Augusta - cyclists climbing towards the Reschenpass

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