High mountains and a Mediterranean climate. Countless roads, forests and Alpine trails. Well signposted routes drive you up over 2,000 meters of altitude. And well signposted routes bring you back down again. It’s rare to find a region that combines Alpine charm with the ‘sweet life’ so perfectly as South Tyrol does—and in the Val Venosta, just above Meran, there’s a true mountain bike mecca waiting for you.
Paved mountain roads, shady forest paths and secluded trails keep bikers in excitement all along the Adige. The innumerable biking routes are perfect for bikers of all levels, from experienced riders to pleasure bikers, and are packed with sheer MTB pleasure. The undulating landscape is one known throughout Europe, perhaps only second in notoriety to the famous South Tyrolean cuisine. And once you add good eating to the excitement of biking in the region, you’ve got the perfect North Italian recipe—and all of the ingredients for the perfect mountain bike experience.
At this bike tour, you will not pass by as a Vinschgau visitor. The Marzoner Alm is due to the different path conditions and not least because of the delicious South Tyrolean dishes on the menu of a Vinschgau tour.From Naturno it goes through the fruit plantations on Tschirland and Tabland on a forest road that you initially steeply rising, then comfortably in the direction of the actual driveway to Marzoner Alm brings. The paved driveway is easy to master, but changes at about 1400m on a challenging forest road. At the height of the Marmore Alm, the trail drops steeply and trailig again, before reaching the finish in the middle of a beautiful mountain meadow.
Sonnenberg. The name is definitely program. The round is already a "hot affair" in summer. Although the track has little ramps and is not too demanding in the first part with the paved road, it should not be underestimated.At about 1300 meters altitude it is demanding and trailiger. After a short carrying passage and a small descent, we head towards the Unterstell mountain railway, which brings hikers up from Naturno. The view over the Adige Valley at the mountain station is fantastic. You also have the opportunity here to refresh the water balance on the large terrace.
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On this tour you connect the Meran basin with the Vinschgau. From Marling it goes in the direction of the Vigiljoch steeply up to the Adige Valley. Up here you have a wonderful view of the South Tyrolean mountains. About meadows and a forest path, it then goes quickly towards the excursion restaurant in Aschbach. And if the descent on the road to the Adige Valley is too easy for you, you can get from Aschbach via the Eggersteig (at about 1400 m altitude) to a few small singletrack trails.In summary: Crisp climbs and fast descents. Tarred underground and trailige forest roads. In connection with a stop in Aschbach exactly the right bike combination.
One of the longest mountain bike tours in Vinschgau is on the program. From the central village of Naturno it goes up through apple orchards. In many serpentines, the route leads on the little-traveled mountain road first on tar, then on a dirt road through the shady forest up. Although the route is quite long, quite a few ramps are on the track. For the long driveway you will be rewarded on the Naturnser Alm with a magnificent view and delicious food.For the onward journey to the Vigiljoch there is only one word: Flow. A nice dirt road leads to the highest point of the tour. On the Vigiljoch you can choose from a variety of possible downhills. Trail, forest path or same route back: There is something for everyone.
Sport meets culture. This comparatively short tour takes you from Naturno along the Adige River to the famous Juval Castle. The tour is ideal for a comfortable einradeln. However, you should not take the steep final climb to the castle lightly. At the top of the castle you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Adige river.If you prefer a little more cultural, you can explore the "Mythos Berg" in the Alpin Museum on Reinhold Messner's footsteps. After the departure, you can relax at the bike station, which is located downstream of the Adige river and is a popular attraction for bikers.
The Raspberry Alm is an absolute pleasure tip for the palate and eyes. Mostly on paved, but little traveled roads leads the routes from the Adige at Rabland over Partschins in the direction of the Höllenbachtals with its many waterfalls.The really special is the goal: the Raspberry Alm. The buildings are all constructed from natural materials with ancient craftsmanship. And if this sight does not blow you away, then certainly the view towards Merano. However, the Raspberry Alm lives up to its name in terms of culinary delights. Strengthened it then goes back to the valley via the same route. A perfect pause day or afternoon round.