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On the Via Claudia Augusta across the Alps

Andreas Jauer

On the Via Claudia Augusta across the Alps

Bike Touring Collection by Via-Claudia-Augusta

16

Tours

64:44 h

596 mi

28,025 ft

The Via Claudia Augusta is an ancient trail that takes you from Germany to Italy via an epic Alpine crossing. The cycle path mostly follows the ancient Roman road that was used by soldiers and traders all those years ago. It meanders through wide fields, past Alpine foothills, alongside blue rivers, over winding pass roads with breathtaking views, between the high peaks of the Alps and past picturesque orchards.

This 434-mile (700-kilometer) long adventure starts in Donauwörth. From there, the Via Claudia Augusta leads south via Augsburg and Füssen. In Austria, it takes you over the Fernpas before making a small detour into Switzerland and continuing over the Reschenpass to Italy. The Via Claudia Augusta then meanders through the Adige Valley via Merano and Bolzano to Trento. From here, the trail forks into two variants: The first leads you through the Dolomites in Trentino to the Adriatic Sea near Venice. The second is the slightly easier alternative, taking you through the Adige Valley to Verona and on to Po. Whichever you choose, you'll discover true beauty as you pedal, with the only considerations being whether or not you want to continue your ride through the mountains (and up some steep inclines), or whether you'd prefer a more relaxed ride through the river valley.

In this Collection, we bring you both variants. There are 13 stages on the Via Claudia Augusta to the Adriatic Sea and twelve to the Po. The first nine stages from Donauwörth to Trento are the same for both variants of the ride. Following these stages, stick to version a for the Adriatic Sea and version b for Po.

Each stage of this ride is around 40 miles (60 kilometers) long. If you'd prefer to cut them shorter, however — maybe as a result of the elevation/inclines — you can do so freely. You'll find ample accommodation options throughout the ride, so finding a place to lay your weary head won't be a problem.

What's more, the start and the two endpoints of the Via Claudia Augusta cycle path can be easily reached/left on public transport. There are also airports nearby if you need to fly out, with low-cost European carriers serving flights to and from Venice and Verona in Italy and Memmingen and Munich in Germany.

On the Italian side, some sections of the Via Claudia Augusta run along the Etschtal cycle path. If you want to combine both cycle paths in your adventure across the Alps, you can find all the information for extending your trip here: komoot.com/collection/503/on-the-adige-valley-cycle-path-through-south-tyrol

The Via Claudia Augusta is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde

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The stages of the Via Claudia Augusta

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    Intermediate
    03:51
    30.9 mi
    8.0 mph
    575 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Donauwörth starts the Via Claudia Augusta, which brings you across the Alps to Italy. On this first stage, you cycle directly to the train station in Donauwörth, where you can easily reach the train. After crossing the Danube and leaving the city behind you, you drive straight on the Via Claudia Augusta heading south. Today's stage destination there is called Augsburg.

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    40.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    925 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The second stage of the Via Claudia Augusta leads you further south, getting closer and closer to the Alps, because you have to cross them. But not today, because on …

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    35.7 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you'll get a taste of the Alps. The third stage on the Via Claudia Augusta takes you through the hilly Alpine foothills to Füssen. This is, so to speak, …

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    23.4 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first alpine stage of the Via Claudia Augusta is on today. From Füssen you cycle to Austria in the beautiful Ehrwald. You drive out of Füssen along the shimmering blue Lech and accompany the river across the Austrian border. Through the Lechtal it goes on comfortably. On the only slightly rising bike path it is easy to drive, which gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the picturesque mountain panorama.

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  • Difficult
    04:29
    36.0 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the fifth stage of the Via Claudia Augusta you can expect some exciting sections in the mountains, beautiful lakes and the beautiful city of Imst.It starts right at …

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    32.5 mi
    8.2 mph
    3,150 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Landeck it starts on the sixth stage of the Via Claudia Augusta once moderately going on. Although some altitude meters are waiting for you today, at the beginning these are still distributed on a steady and steady increase, similar to the first stages in Germany. Always along the bank of the Inn you cycle through the narrow, deeply cut valley. To the left and right rise mighty mountains, which provide a unique alpine feeling.

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    34.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    3,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Reschenpass continues today to Italy. At the beginning you cycle slightly uphill from Nauders and after about five kilometers you cross the border to Italy. Here you meet the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    40.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    975 ft
    2,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Schlanders it goes on the Via Claudia Augusta today continuously downhill. On the way, you can let the incredibly beautiful landscape relax on you.Right at the beginning you …

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    45.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    525 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today on the ninth stage, the route is largely flat from Bolzano to Trento, where Via Claudia Augusta forks.Right at the beginning of the tour you pass Sigmundskorn Castle, …

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  • Difficult
    03:47
    29.7 mi
    7.9 mph
    3,300 ft
    2,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In Trento, you leave the Etschtal heading east and return to the mountains. Although they are not as high as the Alps further north, nevertheless, the altitude profile is varied …

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    43.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    5,550 ft
    5,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Borgo we continue today up from the Val di Fiemme to the Dolomites. Two big climbs await you on the eleventh stage of the Via Claudia Augusta. These are …

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    38.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,825 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The twelfth stage of the Via Claudia Augusta takes you today again over the finest mountain roads that lead through the impressive scenery of the Southern Carnic Alps.At the …

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    50.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    800 ft
    1,250 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today is the last stage of the Via Claudia Augusta, which brings you to the end point to Altino on the Adriatic.Right at the beginning you can pedal again …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    37.2 mi
    10.9 mph
    375 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Trento you drive comfortably southwards. Almost the entire stretch of today's stage is slightly downhill, so you can just roll it on many sections and enjoy the beautiful scenery. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    29.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the eleventh stage of the Via Claudia Augusta you can once again enjoy the beautiful Adige Valley on the way to Verona.The first few kilometers you cycle through …

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    47.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    550 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today is the last stage on the Via Claudia Augusta, which brings you to the end of the ancient Roman road to the Po.On the way from Verona, a …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    596 mi
  • Duration
    64:44 h
  • Elevation
    28,025 ft
Via-Claudia-Augusta

On the Via Claudia Augusta across the Alps