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Brennero-Bolzano Bicycle Route

Free Ride in All Directions for Leisure Cyclists in Valle Isarco

Free cycling routes and idyllic panoramic views are afforded by the Brennero-Bolzano bicycle route.

This well-signposted route runs 96 km from Brennero to Bolzano, through gently rolling hills and meadows and surrounding woods. The new “bike and hike” trail begins at the famed Brennero Pass and leads along the former railway line, running slightly downhill to the medieval trade city of Vipiteno. The signposted bicycle trail then winds evenly or at a slightly ascending climb through picturesque villages, hamlets and towns down to the Fortress of Fortezza, before crossing Lake Varna and travelling all the way down to the historically important Abbey of Novacella/Neustift, and from there to the ancient bishop’s seat of Bressanone/Brixen.

The next part leading from Bressanone to Bolzano runs downhill through Valle Isarco. A recommended point for a break is the medieval city of Chiusa/Klausen, home to many artists, with its impressive abbey Sabiona/Säben on the mountain above. The last part of the route leads into the capital of South Tyrol, Bolzano.

From Brennero Pass to Fortezza/Franzensfeste the cycling route is part of the trans-national Munich-Venice cycling road.

Lap 1: Brennero Pass to Bressanone
Stages: border crossing at Brennero – Colle Isarco/Gossensass – Vipiteno/Sterzing – Thumburg – Tasso Castle – Stilves/Stilfes – Mezzaselva/Mittewald – Fortezza/Franzensfeste – Lake Varna – Varna/Vahrn – Bressanone/Brixen
Track length: 49.35 km
Metres in height: 115 metres upward, 905 metres downward
Actual time of journey: approx. 2.5 h.
Estimated touring time: 4.5 h.
Difficulty level: from easy to average, good physical condition required.

Lap 2: Fortezza to Bolzano
Stages: train station Fortezza/Franzensfeste – Lake Varna – Varna/Vahrn – Bressanone/Brixen – Albes/Albeins – Chiusa/Klausen – Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck – Colma/Kollmann – Campodazzo/Atzwang – Prato all'Isarco/Blumau – Cardano/Kardaun – Bolzano/Bozen
Track length: 52.35 km.
Metres in height: 80 metres upward, 580 metres downward
Actual time of journey: approx. 2,5 h.
Estimated touring time: 4.5 h.
Difficulty level: from easy to average, suitable for families and leisure cyclists.

Opening hours of bike rental stations in South Tyrol on PDF to download.


South Tyrol Information, Südtiroler Straße/Via Alto Adige 60, I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen
phone: +39 0471 999 999 - info@suedtirol.info