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Via Alpina Bolzano - San Genesio - Merano 2000

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A long pleasant hiking tour along the Via Alpina, starting from Bolzano through San Genesio to the mountain hut Merano on the Merano 2000
moderate
Distance 25.6 km
6:45 h
3,250 m
1,556 m
2,046 m
285 m
San Genesio (1,100m) can be reached from Bolzano via cable car. From, the village of San Genesio, follow the approx. 20km track to the stage destination on Merano 2000, mainly on the European long-distance trail E5, which runs along the entire high ridge of the Tschögglberg. Refreshments along the way can be enjoyed at the Edelweiss and Lavena inns and at the Möltner Kaser Mountaint hut.

Author’s recommendation

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,046 m
Lowest point
285 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

This tour description has been taken directly from the www.via-alpina.org

with the kind permission of the editor. 

Start

Valley station cable car San Genesio (285 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.509263, 11.349907
DMS
46°30'33.3"N 11°20'59.7"E
UTM
32T 680279 5153315
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Destination

Mountain hut Merano on Merano 2000

Turn-by-turn directions

From your accommodation in Bolzano, walk along the Talfer promenade along the water wall to reach the valley station of the cable car built in 1937 (study the map beforehand!), which will take you to San Genesio. This trip offers a wide-ranging view over the town of Bolzano, which lies in an extraordinarily fertile valley basin near the mouth of the Talfer, Eisack and Etsch rivers. Vineyards of worldwide repute flourish along the slopes of the Ritten and along the Guntschnaberg mountain. From Jenesien (1,087m) keep following the “E” markings to the north west for 1h, mainly on a moderate incline, up to the Edelweiss inn (1,351m). From there, continue on trail no. 1 (or E5) sometimes slightly up and downhill but overall on a rather level course through the extensive larch Salto meadowland to reach the Lavena Hill (1,527m, inn), the highest point on the Salten. The Salten is the only high-alpine plateau in Europe with such a tremendous larch forest. From the Lavena meadowland, walk for a short while downhill to the car park (Schermoos), from where the signs for the long-distance hiking trail must be followed up to the Rindlwiesen meadows or the Giogo di Meltina pass (1,733m), pastureland in the middle of vast larch clearings. At the same altitude, walk further through the Jöchlwald wood to the Möltener Kaser (catering). Still heading north, the European long-distance trail (E5) leads on a gentle incline to the Auener Jöchl pass. A detour to the “Stoanernen Mandln (Men of stone)“ at the Schöneck should definitely be fitted in: the isolated rounded mountaintop high above Sarnthein offers views over many of the mountain ranges in South Tyrol. Via Alpina now runs along a high ridge on the Haflinger Ridge trail, over the Kreuzjoch pass (the highest peak of the ridge line) to the Maiser Rast and from there across flowery alpine pastures for only a few metres downhill to the Meraner Hut (1,960m), the stage destination. From the Möltner Kaser meadow, it takes approx. 2 hours to reach the destination. This is a relatively long stage covering 25km in total. However, it mainly covers flat or only slightly uphill terrain. Approx. 1km after the Möltener Joch pass, in the Rindlwiesen area, turn right from the gully trail onto track no. 4 (or E5) down to the Schermoos car park. This turn-off is not marked and would therefore be easy to miss. 

(Stefan Illmer, Karin Leichter, AVS)

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

How to get to the San Genesio cable car valley station by public transport

If you have reached Bolzano by public transport, until the valley cableway station Bolzano/San Genesio take a taxi or bus n.12 (the main bus station is on the Perathoner Street - about 5 minutes walk from the railway station of Bolzano). 

Getting there

How to get to the San Genesio cable car valley station by car:

Please pass the junction with the ramp road to San Genesio and carry on straight in the direction of Sarntal Valley. Soon you will see the station on the left side.  

Parking

Car Parking near the San Genesio cable car valley station in Bolzano: 

On the opposite site of the cable car station, there is an unguarded car park. 

Coordinates

DD
46.509263, 11.349907
DMS
46°30'33.3"N 11°20'59.7"E
UTM
32T 680279 5153315
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Useful guidebooks

  • Lexikon 53 Meran und Umgebung ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-059-2)
  • Lexikon 54 Bozen ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-061-4)
  • Wanderführer Rund um Bozen ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4290-7)
  • Via Alpina Gelber Weg, Evamaria Wecker ~ Bruckmann (ISBN 978-3-7654-4858-7)

Author’s map recommendations

Useful topographic maps

  • Nr. 53 Meran und Umgebung ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 034 und 011 ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
  • WKS 1 ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
25.6 km
Duration
6:45 h
Ascent
3,250 m
Descent
1,556 m
Highest point
2,046 m
Lowest point
285 m
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