Starting at a large reservoir with clear blue water surrounded by green mountains, a river flows through an epically enchanting valley. Picturesque apple meadows and wide vineyards border the bank. Old castles and fortresses, which are enthroned on dizzyingly high cliffs, peer down at the flowing water, while mountains that fascinate with their extraordinarily green slopes, rugged cliffs, and steep walls protect it all. And alongside it runs a cycle path—one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Adige Valley Cycle Path is 300 kilometers (186 miles) long and runs from Reschen am Reschensee, from where the Adige river springs, to Verona, which lies about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the south. The well-constructed cycle path with its views and smooth asphalt will make every cyclist's heart beat faster. It undulates ever more downhill until shortly before Verona—and leads you past some beautiful cities, such as Merano and Bolzano. Most of the time the long-distance cycle path runs parallel to the Adige river. Shortly before reaching the end of the Tour, the route gives in to the surrounding hills, giving you a fantastic view of the Adige valley. Along the cycle path, you'll find ample accommodation, rest and refreshments, as well as public transport, seeing as the Adige valley is a popular holiday region in South Tyrol.
To help you experience this beautiful route, we have already planned the individual stages on the Adige Valley Cycle Path for you. Across seven days, you'll cycle along South Tyrol's longest river towards the south. Since some of the stages are a little shorter, you can also combine them and reach Verona a little earlier.
The first stage of the Etschtalradweg starts in the north-west of South Tyrol in Reschen. Here the bus 273 takes you from Mals. Of course you can take your bike with you on the bus. Once again, you can reach by train.From Reschen, you will first drive along the west side of the Reschensee, where you have a fantastic view of the blue water and the mountains towering behind it. At the end of the reservoir, you can look forward to an almost ten-kilometer descent on which you can roll it comfortably.Then it goes on the well-maintained bike path comfortably continue to the stage destination in Schlanders. In this charming, surrounded by mountains place worth a walk through the beautiful center. Accommodation options are available in the resort in all shapes and price ranges. In addition, there is a train station in Schlanders, if you only want to drive this one stage.
From Schlanders it goes today to Merano. This stage is about ten kilometers shorter than the previous one and continues to be pleasantly downhill. On the way, you can thus relax the incredible landscape, which is composed of mountains, apple orchards, small villages and the Adige.On the first half of the tour, the cycle path takes you past Kastelbell Castle, which sits enthroned on a high cliff surrounded by vineyards. Shortly before the destination of Merano you have from the height a beautiful view of the city, which lies at your feet at this moment. Then follows a lively descent to the stage finish.Merano itself is an absolutely beautiful city that invites you to take a short walk through the center after this short leg. If you want to stay in Merano, you have a wide choice of accommodation here. If you prefer to leave, you can easily do it by train.
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Even today, a light and short stage awaits you. From Meran it goes on this flat tour to Bolzano. Here you can enjoy the smooth asphalt of the bike path that leads you through the valley of the Adige. The route is lined by high mountains, dressed in lush greenery and crowned with rugged rocks.Shortly before Bolzano, you will pass Castle Sigmundskorn, an impressive medieval fortress that stands high above the Adige River on a steep cliff. It is not only from the bottom a feast for the eyes, but is also a real highlight inside. In the castle you will find one of the six mountain museums of Reinhold Messner.In Bolzano, the destination of today's stage, you have all the possibilities that a city offers you. In addition to numerous accommodations for overnight stays, you also have access to regional and national and international long-distance trains in the capital of South Tyrol.
After two days of refueling at short stages, today a longer distance awaits you. About 50 kilometers will take you through the Adige Valley from Bolzano to San Michele Adige.Also this tour is a dream landscape. The cycle path runs off the roads through picturesque orchards, over beautiful bridges, from which you have a wonderful view of the river, and past impressive cliffs that stand next to you. It goes on a slight slope down to a few tiny slopes always downhill.The small town of San Michele Adige, which is today's stage destination, offers both overnight accommodation and the option of leaving by train. The station is located in the district Grumo.
From the village of San Michele Adige you continue on this stage southwards along the Adige river. The destination of the stage is Rovereto, about 46 kilometers away. On the beautiful route some smaller slopes are waiting for you. Most of the time, the paved bike path but slightly downhill.In addition to impressive mountain formations that you can see on the edge of the valley, waiting for you on this tour and the fascinating view of the Castel Beseno on you, which is near Rovereto in front of an imposing mountain backdrop on a hill.Rovereto is also known as the cultural capital of Trentino and the northern gateway to Lake Garda. In this diverse city is your today's milestone. There is no shortage of sights and accommodation. Even a departure from here is quite straightforward by train possible.
On the almost 37 kilometers from Rovereto to Peri, it is now back along the river Adige. The Etschtal cycle path leads through beautiful vineyards, which stretch along the shallow slopes of the valley to the towering mountains.On the gently sloping track, you can again enjoy picturesque apple orchards on the side of the road and enjoy the artful rock formations of the mountains, into which you can even interpret faces.Towards the end of the tour you turn right and follow the Biffiskanal, which runs parallel to the Adige. Here you cycle on a smooth paved bike path.In Peri is today's stage destination, where you can spend the night and gather strength for the last stage of the Etschtalradweg. In case the tour ends here for you, you can simply leave by train.
Today is the last stage of the Etschtalradwegs. From Peri you drive to Verona, the destination of the multi-day bike ride. 45 kilometers are waiting for you today and a considerable slope, which gives you on the highest point an incredible view of the Adige Valley, the river and the surrounding mountains.As on the day before you also drive along this route parallel to the Adige along the Biffiskanal. The beautiful bike path is located higher than the Adige Valley, which is why you have a beautiful view in most places.The end point of the tour is Verona. This pretty town is well worth the odd extra day before you go back home or even travel on. You can spend the night in Verona in numerous accommodations. For your departure, Verona offers train services for regional, national and international long-distance transport.