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Bicycle Ride

Complete South Tyrolean Cycling Track A: Vipiteno/Sterzing – Glorenza/Glurns

Bicycle Ride · Eisacktal/Südtirol
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  • Auf dem Südtirol Radweg quer durchs ganze Land.
    / Auf dem Südtirol Radweg quer durchs ganze Land.
    Photo: Hannes Riegler
  • / Faszinierender Ausgangspunkt des Südtirol Radwegs, die Altstadt von Sterzing.
    Photo: Tappeiner AG
  • / Das kleine spätmittelalterliche Städtchen Glurns wurde fast vollständig in ursprünglicher Form erhalten.
    Photo: Hannes Riegler
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From the South Tyrolean Cycling Track from Vipiteno/Sterzing, passing the Val Pusteria/Pustertal to the main town of Bolzano/Bozen and through the Val d’Adige/Etschtal to Glorenza/Glurns
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Distance 267.3 km
18:56 h
1,566 m
1,614 m

The starting point of the South Tyrolan Cycling Track is the city of Vipiteno/Sterzing. The track proceeds through the marvelous town and the “Sterzinger Moos” in southern direction, along fields and woods towards the majestic fortress of Fortezza/Franzensfeste. After passing the fortress turn east on the first road and follow the signposting of the cycling track in direction of the Val Pusteria/Pustertal. The route leads along the river Rienza/Rienz in eastern direction to the city center of Brunico/Bruneck.

The second stage of the South Tyrolean Cycling Track leads through the city of Brunico/Bruneck and along the river Rienza, while passing through the picturesque Val Pusteria/Pustertal. Passing the towns of Chienes/Kiens, San Sigismundo/St. Sigmund, Riomolino/Gais and Vandoies di Sotto/Niedervintl, follow the descent to Chiusa di Rio di Pusteria/Mühlbacher Klause and ascend briefly towards the town of Rio di Pusteria/Mühlbach. Now descend towards the valley until you reach the fortress of Fortezza/Franzensfeste, where you turn left and reach the lake Lago di Varna/Vahrner See. Following the cycling track, you finally reach the city of Bressanone/Brixen, the finishing point of the second stage.

The 3rd stage of the South Tyrolean Cycling Track leads along the cycling track next to the river Isarco/Eisack to the medieval town of Chiusa/Klausen. In the valley you continue your journey until you reach Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck. At the gates of the Val Gardena/Gröden at 627m is located the castle Trostburg. Afterwards the valley starts to become more narrow and the track, leading also through tunnels, passes Campodazzo/Atzwang and Colma/Kolman towards Prato all’Isarco/Blumau, ending shortly afterwards in the main city of Bolzano/Bozen.

Starting point of the 4th stage of the South Tyrolean Cycling Track is the main town of Bolzano/Bozen. The track leads along the river Isarco/Eisack towards the river outfall of the Adige/Etsch. From here the track continues to the left through the Bassa Atesina/Südtiroler Unterland, passing through Laives/Leifers and Ora/Auer and along the mountain “Mitterberg”, from where you reach the lake Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See. From here, continuing in northern direction towards the towns of Caldaro/Kaltern and Appiano/Eppan, you reach the castle Firmiano/Firmian. Along the river Adige/Etsch the track leads to Vilpian and afterwards through apple trees you cycle in northern direction, passing Sinigo/Sinich, until reaching the spa town of Merano/Meran.

The 5th and last stage leads from Merano/Meran upwards on a steep ascent passing through Lagundo/Algund towards Tel and through the valley Val Venosta/Vinschgau to Naturno/Naturns. Cycling along the river Adige/Etsch you reach Castelbello/Kastelbell and its castle. Passing Laces/Latsch towards Lasa/Laas, famous for its white marble, you reach the Ontaneto di Oris/Eyrser Au and the Ontaneto di Cengles/Tschenglser Au and from here the locality Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch and finally the city of Glorenza/Glurns.

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Michael Mair 
Update: October 27, 2021
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Highest point
976 m
Lowest point
214 m
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Start

Valley station of the cable car Monte Cavallo located in the north of Vipiteno/Sterzing (957 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.903614, 11.430103
DMS
46°54'13.0"N 11°25'48.4"E
UTM
32T 685078 5197320
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Destination

Glorenza/Glurns in Val Venosta/Vinschgau

Turn-by-turn directions

On the Brennero highway until you reach the exit “Vipiteno/Sterzing”, then follow the main road in direction of the Brennero. The valley station of the cable car is located next to the main road.

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Public transport

You can reach Vipiteno/Sterzing by train or bus. From the train station you take the “Citybus Vipiteno”, which will take you to the valley station of the cable car.

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Coordinates

DD
46.903614, 11.430103
DMS
46°54'13.0"N 11°25'48.4"E
UTM
32T 685078 5197320
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Tabacco Blatt 038/030/033/034/046/011/04/044

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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
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Distance
267.3 km
Duration
18:56 h
Ascent
1,566 m
Descent
1,614 m

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