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Castle trail "Castelronda" San Genesio variation B

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  • Castle trail San Genesio Bolzano castle Rafenstein
    / Castle trail San Genesio Bolzano castle Rafenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • Castle trail Bolzano San Genesio castle Rafenstein
    / Castle trail Bolzano San Genesio castle Rafenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Bolzano castle Rafenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Grifo/Greifenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Grifo/Greifenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail Bolzano San Genesio castle Rafenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Grifo/Greifenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Helfenberg
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Helfenberg
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail San Genesio Cologna castle ruin Helfenberg
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
  • / Castle trail Bolzano San Genesio castle Rafenstein
    Photo: Luca Guadagnini/TV Jenesien, Jenesien
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moderate
Distance 15.6 km
4:52 h
760 m
1,029 m
1,091 m
572 m

The Castle trail „Castelronda“ is about 20 km long and connects the castles and ruins of Bolzano, San Genesio and Terlano: Castle Roncolo/Runkelstein, Castle Rafenstein, Castle Grifo/Greifenstein (vulg. also called Castello del Porco, which means „Pork Castle“), Ruin Helfenberg and Castle Neuhaus (also called Maultasch). The efforts of hikers will be fully satisfied with magnificent views over the most beautiful castles and ruins of the region, in the middle of the nature.

The trail starts at the Castle Roncolo/Runkelstein in Bolzano/Bozen and leads to the Castle Runkelstein passing the San Genesio cable car valley station. Then you continue to Restaurant Noafer in Cologna/Glaning (a hamlet in the municipality of San Genesio), situated above the Castle ruin Grifo/Greifenstein. Next, you reach the Helfenberg castle ruin and at the same time you can enjoy the marvellous panorama of the surrounding area. The descent towards Terlano/Terlan leads you to the final castle ruin Neuhaus/Maultasch and here ends the trail „Castelronda“. 

You can choose to start in Bolzano, San Genesio or in Terlano and you can also hike partial sections at your discretion.

The hikes on the „Castelronda/Burgenweg“ trail are especialliy recommended in spring, autumn and winter.

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Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,091 m
Lowest point
572 m
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Start

Jenesien (1,091 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.535410, 11.331216
DMS
46°32'07.5"N 11°19'52.4"E
UTM
32T 678759 5156178
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Destination

Jenesien

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the village of San Genesio and follow the path nr. 2 in direction to the castle Rafenstein. From the castle, you can reach Glaning walking on paths nr. 1A, 5A and 5.

After you reach Glaning, pass the restaurant Messner and continue on path nr. 9 until the restaurant Noafer following the indications.

From the restaurant Noafer, you can reach the castle ruin Grifo/Greifenstein (Pork castle) on path nr. 11. And then you return to the restaurant on the same path. Afterwards, you continue to the castle ruin Helfenberg on path nr. 9.

The duration of this long castle trail San Genesio variation can be freely adapted by choosing your favorite starting and end point.

If you decide to start from San Genesio, we recommend you to explore the famous Guntschna Promenade in Bolzano. You’ll see the indications on path nr. 5 before you reach Glaning.  

The second possibility is to start your hike at the bus stop „Trattner“ before Glaning. Your hike will end at the castle ruin Grifo and then you can return on the same way back.  

When you arrive by car in Glaning, you can park free of charge at the car park. You can finish your hike at the castle ruin Grifo or further away at the castle ruin Helfenberg. In both cases, you return to the car park via same routes.

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Coordinates

DD
46.535410, 11.331216
DMS
46°32'07.5"N 11°19'52.4"E
UTM
32T 678759 5156178
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.6 km
Duration
4:52 h
Ascent
760 m
Descent
1,029 m
Highest point
1,091 m
Lowest point
572 m
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