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On the Adige Valley Cycle Path through South Tyrol

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On the Adige Valley Cycle Path through South Tyrol

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

177 mi

2,850 ft

7,600 ft

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, I 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.

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Etschtalradweg

168 mi

2,500 ft

7,300 ft

Last updated: November 23, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    28.2 mi
    11.5 mph
    600 ft
    3,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Etschtalradweg starts in the northwest of South Tyrol in Reschen. Here the bus 273 brings you from Mals. You can of course take your bike with you on the bus. Once again you can get there by train.

    

    From Reschen you first drive along the west side of the Reschensee, where you have

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  • Easy
    01:51
    22.1 mi
    11.9 mph
    150 ft
    1,500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it goes from Schlanders to Merano. This stage is about ten kilometers shorter than the previous one and is continuously pleasantly downhill. On the way you can let the unbelievable landscape, which is composed of mountains, apple orchards, small villages and the Adige, have a relaxed effect on

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  • Easy
    01:46
    19.8 mi
    11.2 mph
    150 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    An easy and short stage awaits you today too. This flat tour takes you from Merano to Bolzano. You can enjoy the smooth asphalt of the cycle path that leads you through the Adige valley. The route is lined with high mountains clad in lush green and topped with craggy rocks.

    

    Shortly before Bozen you will

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    27.0 mi
    11.2 mph
    200 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After you were able to recharge your batteries on short stages for two days, a slightly longer route is waiting for you again today. Around 43 kilometers lead you through the Adige Valley from Bolzano to San Michele Adige.

    

    This tour is also an absolute dream in terms of landscape. The bike path runs away

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    29.0 mi
    11.0 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the village of San Michele Adige, this stage continues south along the Adige. The destination of the stage is Rovereto, about 46 kilometers away. On the beautiful route, there are some smaller climbs waiting for you. Most of the time, however, the paved bike path goes slightly downhill.

    

    In addition

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    23.1 mi
    10.9 mph
    400 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the approximately 37 kilometers from Rovereto to Peri, today we first go back along the Adige. The Etschtalradweg leads through beautiful vineyards that stretch on the shallow slopes of the valley to the steep mountains.

    

    On the gently sloping route, you can again enjoy picturesque apple orchards along

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  • Difficult
    02:40
    28.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today is the last stage of the Etschtalradweg. From Peri you drive to Verona, the destination of the multi-day bike tour. 45 kilometers are waiting for you today and a considerable climb that gives you an incredible view of the Adige Valley, the river and the surrounding mountains at the highest point

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    177 mi
  • Duration
    15:55 h
  • Elevation
    2,850 ft7,600 ft

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