Val d’Adige cycling track: Bolzano - Merano

The spa town of Merano, Bolzano and the Val d’Adige are connected by a section of the Via Claudia Augusta cycle track.

Starting from Bolzano, we proceed towards south, along the Isarco. At the southern border of the city, between fruit orchards, we reach a fork, where we take the right towards Merano. The trail follows the Adige river, after the second railroad crossing (Ponte d’Adige) we proceed on the right riverside. No real ascent, the villages of Terlano, Nalles, Vilpiano and Gargazzone pass by our side.

At the train station of Lana-Postal we can turn left (towards Lana) or right (towards Postal) to visit the villages – or we carry on along the Adige river via Sinigo to Maia Bassa - short afterwards we reach Merano. Through the roads of the town we reach the centre. From Merano it is also possible to cycle up to the Val Venosta along the Adige river.

Name of the track: Radweg Etschtal (Val d’Adige cycling track)
Start: Bolzano (245 m)
End: Merano (330 m)
Length: about (from the centre of Bolzano)
Estimated cycling time: about 1.5 hours to 3 hours
Drop in altitude: 75 m (not relevant)
Characteristics: asphalted track, only short passages on field paths
Train & bicycle: regional trains with limited bicycle transport (stop at: Bolzano, Ponte d’Adige, Terlano, Vilpiano, Gargazzone, Lana Postal, Maia Bassa, Merano)
Connection to further railway tracks in the cycling trail network of South Tyrol:
1. At Bolzano: Valle Isarco cycling track to Chiusa/Bressanone
2. At Bolzano sud: Oltradige cycling track to Appiano/Caldaro
3. At Bolzano: Bassa Atesina cycling track to Ora/Salorno/Trento
4. At Merano: Val Venosta cycling track to Passo Resia
5. At Merano: Val Passiria cycling track to San Leonardo (great parts not asphalted)

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Alpenheim
    Hotel

    Hotel Alpenheim

  2. Hotel Ganischgerhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Ganischgerhof

  3. Design Hotel Tyrol
    Hotel

    Design Hotel Tyrol

  4. Hotel Alpenblick
    Hotel

    Hotel Alpenblick

  5. Hotel Pfösl
    Hotel

    Hotel Pfösl

tips and more infos