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Hike on the Karlspromenade

Easy spring walk in the surroundings of Bressanone, a discovery journey retracing nature and culture in the Valle Isarco valley

This walk stretches from Millan across the broadleaf forest down to the Rienza gorge and further on to the Stulles, a quarter belonging to Bressanone. Finally we walk along the Isarco river up to Novacella, where the widely known Benedictine monastery can be visited. We start in Millan and walk to the former parish church Maria am Sand, located above the village. In this place the promenade called Karlspromenade starts. Following the signposts, we walk across the forest, where it is less dense you can enjoy a fabulous view of the city of Bressanone (Brixen).

Finally the path descents towards the gorge of the Rienza river, where on the Andreas Hofer bridge you change road side. After a short ascent, we reach the road no. 1, leading to the historic district of Stulles. Across a little alley, we walk along the course of the Rienza river, down to its outlet into the Isarco river. Even if the city centre of Bressanone, with dome and parish church, are located right at the other side of the river, we proceed on the promenade and walk towards north. So we leave the city and reach the walking and cycling trail, leading to Novacella (Neustift).

The mighty monastery complex is the destination of our walk and is absolutely worth a visit. This easy walk takes us from ancient cultural attractions and religion to an area that is characterised by agriculture and nature, in the surroundings of Bressanone, and comprises also less known places. If you don't want to return on foot to your starting point, you can take the local "citybus" lines.

Author: AT

suited for families difficulty: easy promenade
  • Starting point:
    Millan (parish church Maria am Sand)
  • Time required:
    02:45 h
  • Track length:
    9,2 km
  • Altitude:
    from 561 m to 673 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +240 m | -229 m
  • Signposts:
    Karlspromenade (K), Seeburg, no 1, Novacella
  • Destination:
    Neustift / Novacella abbey
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Hike on the Karlspromenade

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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