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"Castles" Motorcycle Tour

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Cultural tour on two wheels between antiquity and modernity.
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Distance 239.5 km
3:25 h
5,080 m
5,080 m
2,122 m
520 m
On this tour, motorbikes and culture form an atmospheric blend of antiquity and modernity, a contrast that will leave a pleasant memory of your holiday.

From "Arabba" in the direction of "Campolongo" and "Gardena" pass or from "Pordoi" pass and "Sella" pass (depending on your preference) you will reach "Selva", home of the famous "Selva" Castle.

In Klausen you can visit the "Sabiona" monastery, which is now a closed monastery. In "Bressanone" you will come across the Bishop's Palace, which is like a history book waiting to be read.

You continue in the direction of the "Puster" valley, at the "Casteldarne" castle. At the exit of Bruneck you will find the castle of Gais "Neuhaus", where you can enjoy excellent dishes as well as the view.

Back in the saddle, turn right in Dobbiaco in the direction of "Cortina" and on the descent from the "Falzarego" pass, with a short detour before the way back, you will pass the old castle "Andraz".

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Update: August 05, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2,122 m
Lowest point
520 m
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Safety information

Choose a speed that respects the road traffic regulations and traffic and that corresponds to your driving skills.

Always let someone know where you are going and the approximate duration of the hike and avoid going alone.

The telephone number in case of emergency is 112 or 118 (ambulance).

Start

Center of "Arabba" (1,597 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.496447, 11.876784
DMS
46°29'47.2"N 11°52'36.4"E
UTM
32T 720750 5153230
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Destination

Center of "Arabba"

Turn-by-turn directions

Clockwise tour: From the centre of "Arabba", go up the hairpin bends of the "Pordoi" pass and, after the ascent, descend to the junction for the "Sella" pass. From the summit, continue down to the village of "Pian de Gralba", from where the descent of the Gardena pass begins, taking you to "Selva Gardena", where the ancient "Selva" castle is located. After the visit, get back on the saddle to go to "Chiusa", where you can catch a glimpse of the closed monastery of "Sabiona"; continuing towards "Bressanone", in the city centre, you will find the Bishop's Palace, which deserves a stop to visit.From here, take the road to Val Pusteria to visit the castle of "Casteldarne" and, continuing on the road to "Gais" in "Aurina" valley, you will reach the castle of "Neuhaus". After passing the town of "Bruneck", continue towards "Dobbiaco" and at the fork in the road turn right towards "Cortina d'Ampezzo" and the "Falzarego" pass, at the descent of which you will find the last stage: "Andraz" Castle. 

Anticlockwise tour: From the centre of "Arabba", head towards "Pieve di Livinallongo" on the dolomite road 48 until the hamlet of "Cernadoi", where the junction to the "Falzarego" pass begins. Halfway up the climb you will find the first stop: the old "Andraz" castle. At the top, start the descent to "Cortina" and, after crossing the centre, head towards "Dobbiaco". Here, at the crossroads in the centre, turn left and continue towards "Bruneck" until you reach "Gais" in the "Ahrntal" valley, where you can visit the "Neuhaus" castle. After the visit, get back on your bike and ride through the "Pusterta"l valley, stopping at the "Casteldarne" castle for a visit. Once you are back on your bike, ride to "Bressanone", where you will find the meritorious Bishop's Palace, and then reach the town of "Chiusa" to admire the closed monastery of "Sabiona". From "Chiusa", take the road to "Gardena"valley until you reach "Selva Gardena", where the last stop is: "Selva Castle". From here you begin the climb up the "Gardena" pass to "Pian de Gralba", where you will find the junction for the "Sella" pass, which, once at the top, leads to the junction with the "Pordoi" pass, with its 33 hairpin bends overlooking the "Fodom" valley, back to "Arabba".

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Getting there

By car
  • From Innsbruck A22 Brennero highway to the Bressanone tool booth, continue through the Pusteria valley, Badia valley and the Campolongo Pass
  • From Verona/Milan A22 Brennero highway up to Egna Ora tool booth, continue for Fiemme valley, Fassa valley, Pordoi Pass and Arabba
  • From Venice A27 highwayway tool booth Belluno follow the Agordina 203 to Agordo, Caprile and Arabba.

By train

Nearest railway stations

  • Belluno - 70 km
  • Brunico - 48 km
  • Ponte Gardena - 51 km

By bus

By plane

  • Venice Treviso/Venice Marco Polo - 160/170 km
  • Innsbruck - 140 km
  • Verona - 270 km
  • Milan Bergamo/Milan Malpensa - 310/400 km

Parking

Large open spaces and parking spaces on the passes and free and paid parking in the town centres.

Coordinates

DD
46.496447, 11.876784
DMS
46°29'47.2"N 11°52'36.4"E
UTM
32T 720750 5153230
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
239.5 km
Duration
3:25 h
Ascent
5,080 m
Descent
5,080 m
Highest point
2,122 m
Lowest point
520 m
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