Very special means of transport make a family getaway in South Tyrol a special experience.
Image gallery: Renon Train and Mendola Funicular
The journey alone can be a special experience in a family excursion in the province of Bolzano. There is a very interesting narrow-gauge railroad that is for sure going to amuse your kids, that is to say the Renon Train, connecting on a length of 7 km the villages of Maria Assunta, Soprabolzano, Costalovara, Stella Renon and Collalbo on the high-plateau of the Renon. The 110 years old narrow-gauge of the Renon runs every half an hour. Start in Collalbo and Soprabolzano, 10 past and 20 to the full hour.
Also worth a ride is the famous Mendola Funicular, connecting San Antonio in Caldaro to the Passo Mendola within 12 minutes only. Overcoming a drop of 854 m, it takes you at 2,370 m asl, making it become one of the steepest and longest funiculars throughout Europe. The Passo Mendola is by the way an ideal starting point for a walk, such as to Mt Penegal. In 2009 the red Mendola Funicular has been renewed and shines now in new splendour.