dji jaufenpass
dji jaufenpass

Bike tour to Merano via the Passo Giovo

Quite a challenge for cyclists is the 2,100 m high Giovo Pass: The easiest way to manage is to start at Vipiteno.

With foggy weather we start in Vipiteno (Sterzing) and cycle into the Val Ridanna valley until Casateia (Gasteig) where we branch off right to the Giovo Pass (Jaufenpass). Bend by bend we cycle uphill to Calice (Kalch), the village above the Val Racines valley. We carry on uphill to the Passo Giovo Mountain Hut (Jaufenhaus, approx. 2,000 m a.s.l.). As we reach the timberline we feel the first rain drops, maybe a thunderstorm is brewing up, so we take a break at the mountain hut.

Then we start further uphill to the top of the pass, the last 100 m in altitude have to be managed - then the highest point of our tour is reached - 2,094 m a.s.l. The sky brightens up slowly and we can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view on the Val Passiria valley. Racily we cycle down until the village of San Leonardo in Passiria (St. Leonhard in Passeier, 700 m a.s.l.). Here we take the opportunity to have a coffee break at the Sandwirt guesthouse (next to the MuseumPasseier).

Via the Val Passiria cycle track we proceed down to Merano and due to the fact, that we are not tired at all, we decide to carry on along the Valle dell'Adige cycle track until Bolzano. There we take the train back to our starting point in Vipiteno. Avoid this tour on hot summer days, the ascent is exposed to the sun - the same for thunderstorms (fog and danger of lightening)! Ascent a bit demanding, good condition/training recommended.


Author: AT

If you want to do this bike tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!


Starting point: Vipiteno, in the south of the village
Route: Vipiteno - Casateia - Passo Giovo - San Leonardo - Merano - (Bolzano)
Cycling time: approx. 4 h (to Merano), plus 1.5 hours (to Bolzano)
Distance: approx. 59 km (to Merano), plus 35 km (to Bolzano)
Altitude difference: 1,150 m
Road surface: asphalt
Experienced in: July 2012



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