Via Claudia Augusta Part 1: From Reschensee Lake to Merano

General description

The 80 km long Val d'Adige/Etschtal Cycle Path (Etschradweg) leads along the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road. 

The trail is mainly flat or downhill. The fantastic bike trail network in the Val Venosta/Vinschgau valley makes for relaxed biking on a good surface, i.e. either asphalt or rolled gravel.

The Val d’Adige Cycle Path (Etschradroute) is especially popular with cyclists looking for a moderate challenge. It is also possible to rent bikes at various train stations and to return them elsewhere, meaning that you do not have to bring your own bike with you. The bike tour can also be shortened or simplified at any time by using the Vinschgerbahn train.

Route description

Beginning at the Reschensee lake, the bike trail leads past the tower in the lake, along the bank of the Haidersee lake, via Burgusio/Burgeis with a view of Malles/Mals and its seven Romanesque churches and through the medieval town of Glorenza/Glurns. From there, cycle on flat ground to Prato/Prad, the entrance to the Stilfserjoch National Park. Continue through the “marble village” of Lasa/Laas, downhill to Covelano/Göflan and through orchards to Laces/Latsch. From Laces, the stretch leads on past Kastelbell Castle (Schloss Kastelbell) and the early-Christian St Prokulus Church (Prokuluskirche) in Naturno/Naturns. The trail comes to an end in Merano/Meran.

Length 89 km
Difficulty medium
Difference in height uphill 476 hm
Difference in height downhill 1612 hm
Difference in height 1539 m
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Bike rental
Whether it’s a mountain bike, racing bike, Citybike or e-bike, bikes for adults or children. Everyone can find a suitable bike at the bike rental stations along the Venosta Valley Adige Route. You can also easily rent and return a bike at many train and coach stations.
bikemobil Card
The bikemobil Card provides a relaxed cycling holiday. This combination ticket allows the easy use of all public transport across all of South Tyrol along with the rental of a bicycle at one of many participating stations.
The Venosta Valley Bikeshuttle Service
Take advantage of the Venosta Valley Bikeshuttle service, which also includes bicycle transport. It brings cyclists to the requested starting point of a biking tour and then picks them up again at the requested destination. With the VenostaCard (available free of charge at partaking hotels), you can also make use of the service at reduced rates.
Cycling in Venosta Valley
With the period from March to late November offering ideal conditions for bike trips and excursions, the Vinschgau valley boasts the longest bike season in the Alpine region.
Dedicated bike points also provide specialised cycling services, including bike shuttles across the entire valley, guided tours and professional advice. The Vinschgau also
features a wonderfully effective bike hire network, with combined tickets enabling visitors to use public transport, hike bikes and even return them to different locations at no
extra charge. And of course, dedicated bike hotels provide ideal accommodation for cycling enthusiasts.
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