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Wonderful rides overlooking the Dolomites – cycling in Italy’s South Tyrol

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Wonderful rides overlooking the Dolomites – cycling in Italy’s South Tyrol

Bike Touring Collection by Südtirol

10

Tours

27:58 h

262 mi

12,750 ft

Linking snow-covered Alpine peaks and the Mediterranean, South Tyrol is a real outdoor paradise. The flat valleys, green mountain slopes and asphalted cycle paths make for wonderful cycling adventures. With the rugged peaks of the Dolomites and castles towering amongst sun-drenched vineyards, impressive views are guaranteed.

In this Collection, we’ve put together a variety of bike Tours – from relaxed family rides to longer mountain stages. Cycle past beautiful lakeshores, gentle vineyards and winding towns with medieval churches. Some of the best wine and fruit varieties in Europe grow in South Tyrol's favourable climate and are served in traditional restaurants and inns. Here, you can replenish your energy to keep your calves going. Water is never far away on any ride: relax on lakeshores or cool your feet in a clear river.

The valley routes along the Etsch, Rienz or Passer rivers promise fantastic views. You also travel along old railway lines in South Tyrol, through tunnels and past former train stations.

The start and end points are accessible by bus or train. South Tyrol has a versatile network of paths so you can flexibly start elsewhere, combine Tours, or choose a different destination.

There’s something for everyone in this beautiful landscape in the north of Italy!

You can find more information about the region here suedtirol.info/en/experience/summer/biking-cycling-tours or here italia.it/en/south–tyrol.

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    Etsch Cycle Route along the Via Claudia Augusta – cycling in South Tyrol

    Intermediate
    04:47
    55.3 mi
    11.5 mph
    1,225 ft
    5,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 90-kilometer Adige Cycle Path takes you along the ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta and is peppered with many highlights. The route runs mostly flat or downhill and is therefore also suitable for family trips. In addition, thanks to various train stations along the way, you can also take shortcuts

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  • Difficult
    03:39
    38.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Pustertal cycle route is particularly suitable for families and relaxed cyclists who like to enjoy the beautiful South Tyrolean landscape. The San Candido starting point is at the highest point, which means you roll gently downhill most of the time. You can also shorten the route, because you will

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    16.8 mi
    5.6 mph
    3,150 ft
    275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour runs along the route of the former Val di Fiemme railway through beautiful nature reserves such as Castelfeder or the Trudner Horn nature park. The railway line was laid out in 1916 and 1917 and served as a supply line during World War I. It ran from Auer to Predazzo, with the section

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  • Easy
    01:03
    10.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Lake Caldaro is a real jewel between wine, forest and mountain peaks. It is considered one of the warmest mountain lakes in South Tyrol and invites you to swim with a view of the mountains. This leisurely bike tour is suitable for the whole family and starts in Auer, which you can also reach by train

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    24.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This panoramic tour is characterized by picturesque sections between vineyards and traditional wine villages. Since this is a round, you can get on at different points - we start in Kurtatsch. From there you follow the south wine cycle route down into the valley to Margreid, where you will pass the

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    12.1 mi
    5.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short, steadily rising tour runs through the beautiful Passeier Valley and starts in the traditional spa town of Meran. The Passer river shows you the way from the beginning and so you cycle on its banks through colorful parks out of town. Between vineyards and orchards you drive sometimes to the

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  • Intermediate
    01:36
    14.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour takes you through picturesque valleys and to historical places between Niederdorf and St. Magdalena in Gsies. Starting from Niederdorf train station, the route gently descends along the Rienz. With a view of mighty mountain peaks you reach Monguelfo, where you turn right. Now the steady

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    60.7 mi
    11.6 mph
    1,275 ft
    4,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost 100-kilometer bike tour promises wonderful views along the legendary pass road and the Eisack river. Gentle hills, quaint towns and cultural highlights line the Brenner cycle route to the provincial capital of Bozen. It starts at the Brenner on the Austrian-Italian border. From the highest

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  • Easy
    01:14
    11.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    375 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short tour runs through the picturesque Valle Aurina and is particularly suitable for families with children. Starting from Brunico train station, cycle along the Rienz for a while and soon turn off towards St. Georgen. There you will meet the Ahr, which you follow north. Through the holiday village

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    19.1 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this cycle tour, which is a stage of the Dolomite Cycle Path, spectacular mountain panoramas dominate between rugged Dolomite peaks and turquoise mountain lakes. From Dobbiaco you follow the old railway line of the Hochpustertal through the Höhlensteintal to Cortina. At first it goes uphill, right

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    262 mi
  • Duration
    27:58 h
  • Elevation
    12,750 ft

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