Alta Valle Isarco cycle track: Brennero - Vipiteno - Bressanone

From Brennero via Vipiteno to Bressanone: the Alta Valle Isarco cycle track snakes along the upper Isarco river.

At the southern border of the municipality of Brennero, in the west of the main road (SS12), the cycle track of the Alta Valle Isarco/Wipptal starts. From 1,370 m asl at the pass it stretches down to Colle Isarco, located 300 m lower in altitude. This cycle lane is about 20 km long and stretches parallel to the road, at Bagni di Brennero it branches off and runs on the former railway line (with some galleries).

After a turn into the Valle di Fleres, we proceed towards Colle Isarco, for some hundred metres along the main road, then further on along the cycling route and finally to the border of the city of Vipiteno. We pass the centre (historic district and new town) and reach again the cycle route at the other end, which takes along the motorway up to Maria Trens, across a bridge and on the west side of the valley to Stilves. On a field path, the track proceeds towards Le Cave and Mezzaselva.

Here we have to change to the other side of the valley, several hundred metres further south the cycle track branches off from the main road. In the forest we have to face an ascent, before we continue cycling down to Fortezza. Past the railway junction village, the cycle lane continues between the artificial lake of Fortezza and its fortress, afterwards under several motorway bridges.

The fork with the Val Pusteria cycle lane follows, but we keep right towards Bressanone and approach the Laghetto di Varna bathing pond. At Varna, we cycle under a motorway bridge again and continue across the fruit orchards and vineyards of the monastery of Novacella and the city of Bressanone. For the 600 m of altitude (with stops in between), we have been cycling about 3 hours now. If you would like to cycle the other way, calculate the ascent of about 880 m.

Name of the track: Radweg Wipptal (Alta Valle Isarco cycle track), part of Brennero-Bolzano Bicycle Route
Start: Passo del Brennero (1,374 m)
End: Bressanone (560 m)
Length: about 54 km
Estimated cycling time: about 3 hours
Altitude difference: from north to south 880 m descent, about 90 m ascent
Characteristics: mainly asphalted roads, field paths and side roads, short tracks on the main road
Train & bicycle: regional trains with limited bicycle transport run parallel (stop in Brennero - Campo di Trens - Vipiteno - Prato Isarco - Fortezza - Bressanone)
Connection to further cycling routes: of the cycling network in South Tyrol
1. At Vipiteno: Cycle track of Val Ridanna to Mareta
2. At Fortezza: Val Pusteria cycle track to Brunico and San Candido
3. At Bressanone: Valle Isarco cycle track to Chiusa and Bolzano

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Alpenheim
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  2. Hotel Ganischgerhof
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  3. Design Hotel Tyrol
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  4. Hotel Alpenblick
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  5. Hotel Pfösl
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