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keschtnweg kastanienweg bozen ritten

Chestnut trail, stage 1: from Roncolo Castle to Auna di Sotto

This 12 km long first stage of the chestnut trail leads steadily upwards to the Renon plateau.

Starting at Roncolo Castle in Bolzano at the entrance of the Val Sarentino, we hike upwards towards the Renon plateau, crossing a deciduous forest and some autumn-coloured vineyards and enjoying beautiful views of Bolzano and its surroundings.

After about 90 minutes the trail gets less steep and finally leads onto an asphalted road, which we follow until the restaurant Ebnicher at 850 metres asl. From here, the trail leads up and down through the Katzenbachtal valley, from where we can see the earth pillars, until we reach the hamlet Signato.

After about 20 minutes of walking from Signato, we have a short rest at the romantic „Törggele“ farm „Partschunerhof“. After a short stony section with some steps we pass the small San Sebastiano church before we finally reach Auna di Sotto after further 45 minutes. From Auna di Sotto, we take the bus back to Bolzano.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Roncolo Castle (at the entrance of the Val Sarentino)
Destination: Auna di Sotto (Renon)
Signpost: “Keschtnweg“
Trail length: 12 km
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude difference: ascent 1,010 m, descent 380 m
Altitudes: between 290 and 1,020 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: October 2011

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