Keschtnweg Kastanienweg Ritten Kastanienigel Strasse
Keschtnweg Kastanienweg Ritten Kastanienigel Strasse

Chestnut Trail, stage 1

This 12 km long first stage of the Chestnut Trail leads from Roncolo Castle to Auna di Sotto steadily upwards to the Renon High Plateau.

Starting at Roncolo Castle in Bolzano at the entrance of the Val Sarentino valley, 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 Ebnicher tavern.

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 there we take the bus back to Bolzano.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail 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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