Bike Tour through South Tyrol
The south side of the Alps
- Meran – Lake Garda
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km / day avg.
No matter if you’re travelling in spring, summer or autumn, south Tyrol is worth it. A glittering world of ice, breath-taking mountains, rich orchards and vineyards will turn this cycle tour into an unforgettable experience. Follow the Adige river down the valley, past Rosengarten. The scenery will be a wonderful backdrop of mountains to some, and to others the kingdom of the mythical Dwarf King Laurino. Discover the capital city of Bolzano, which is where you will find the famous mummy, Ötzi the Iceman. A basic level of fitness is required for this bike tour through South Tyrol.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
Merano / Riva/Torbole
7 days / 6 nights
approx. 230 km
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between 30 and 70 km, Ø 45 km
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- Parking information
Free hotel parking or public parking near the hotel for about 30 € per week, payable on site.
No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
- Returning to Merano
Optional: travel by chartered minibus (only saturday, sunday and monday in the morning and on tuesday in the afternoon), duration approx. 1,5 hours. Please include this option in your original booking.
Alternative: Make your own way by bus to Rovereto, and from there by train to Merano.
Bus ride Riva – Rovereto: Duration is about 50 minutes, with several connections leaving daily. No bike transport possible.
Train ride Rovereto – Merano: Duration is about 2 - 2,5 hours, with connections leaving every hour, involving 1 change. Only a very limited number of bikes can be transported.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Merano
Welcome to South Tyrol. Merano welcomes you with its mild climate and glittering mountain summits. Discover the wonderful old part of the town and get a taste of South Tyrolean wine-making or visit the huge thermal bath complex, which was opened in 2005. Reserved rental bicycles are parked at the hotel ready for you.
Day 2: Round trip to the Vinschgau region, approx. 70 km + train ride
Relax and enjoy the views from the Vinschgau train that takes you to the Reschenpass. Back on your bike you set off from Mals via Glurns and Schlanders and then back to Merano. In Glurns you will be able to see the wonderfully preserved medieval town wall. Castles and forts either line your path or can be espied high up in the hills. Enjoy the view of the impressive Ortler Alps and Stelvio Pass. For a shortcut you can always take the Vinschgau train on this stretch.
Day 3: Merano – Bolzano, approx. 45 km
From Merano, your route takes you through many orchards and vineyards along the South Tyrolean wine route. You cycle pass well-fortified forts, castles and ruins, to Eppan and then continue to Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. A visit to the South Tyrolean archaeological museum is a must, where Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy of a man from the Bronze age, is exhibited.
Day 4: Bolzano – Auer, approx. 30 km
Today you cycle smoothly along the bank of the Adige to Auer. If you prefer a more beautiful but more strenuous route you can cycle via Eppan and see the ruin of the impressive Hocheppan castle. St. Pauls offers a pretty church, also referred to as the country cathedral. You continue cycling to Lake Kaltern, one of the biggest lakes in South Tyrol and the warmest swimming lake of the Alps, located in the South Tyrolean wine-producing region.
Day 5: Auer – Trient, approx. 45 km
You will mainly be cycling along the Adige and through orchards to Salurn, the southernmost village of South Tyrol. Along the vineyards you reach Trentino, capital of the self-governed province of the same name. Wander through the historic city centre and view the beautiful cathedral, San Vigilio and Castle Buonconsiglio, the former residence of a number of prince-bishops. Numerous museums await your visit.
Day 6: Trient – Riva / Torbole, approx. 45 km
Near Rovereto, which used to be known for its silk manufactories, you leave the Adige Valley and cycle towards Mori. After a short stretch uphill you reach Lake Garda, situated wonderfully between the Alps and the Po Valley. The lake was formed by the Adige Glacier in the last ice age. It is regarded as the largest and most beautiful Italian lake. Over Torbole, located on the coastal road Gardesana Orientale, you will reach Riva del Garda.
Day 7: Individual departure or extended stay
Your bike tour through South Tyrol ends after breakfast. We would be happy to extend your stay here if you wish.