Discovering Bolzano by bike
Over forty kilometres of cycle routes link the city in all directions. All the tourist sites can be reached by bike.
A series of routes, to and from the city allow you to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the beautiful Dolomite peaks and lush green valleys of South Tyrol.
Trails in Bolzano
Bolzano has a really big net of bike trails: 8 principal bike trails from where lots of secondary trails begin.
A bike ride past the main sights of the town and its surroundings
The beginning of our Bolzano bike-tour is the Talvera/Talfer bridge. We follow the cycle-lane along the left-hand bank of the river, going northwards, passing idyllic Castle Mareccio/Maretsch, nestling in the vineyards, up to Sant'Antonio/St. Anton, where the valley begins to narrow, and on to the fairy-tale Castle Roncolo/Runkelstein with its amazing frescoes. After visiting the castle (leave your bike in the bike-park below, before walking up the short but steep path to the castle), you make your way back to the Talfer bridge. At the Piazza Vittoria/Siegesplatz you could visit the new museum-display entitled "BZ 18-45" in the crypt of the Victory Monument. Then we cycle down the Corso Libertá/Freiheitsstrasse to the square of Gries, formerly a village-municipality in its own right and an internationally-renowned spa. The square is dominated by the massive baroque parish church and Benedictine monastery. Nearby is the old parish church of Gries with its romantic cemetery outside and a gem of Gothic wood-carving inside, the beautiful altar by Michael Pacher. From Gries we take the Vittorio Veneto street westwards. For the first 100 metres you will really need to pay attention to the traffic until you hit the cycle lane again. You then pass farms and vineyards before you come to the hospital. Here the cycle lane forks and you head for the Via Druso/Drususstraße. At the big roundabout follow the signs for Appiano/Eppan as far as the bridge, then take the cycle lane to Castle Firmiano/Sigmundskron and the Messner Mountain Museum. The way back follows the bank of the Isarco/Eisack river, passing below several bridges. After the swimming pool complex we turn left just before the yellow iron bridge, now following the Talvera river until we come opposite the futuristic glass cube of the Museion modern art gallery. We are now back in the town centre, but we have to watch out: the Via Museo/Museumstraße, the Piazza Erbe/Obstplatz and the Piazza Walther Platz are pedestrianized and closed to cyclists, so that means pushing the bike. If you still have got some energy left, you could visit the Ötzi Museum, the Civic museum or the Natural History Museum.
Trails in the surronding of the city
Here are the bike trails that you can reach directly from the city:
- Adige cycle route in the valley Venosta / Vinschgau along the Via Claudia Augusta
- Bolzano – Brennero cycle route along the valley Isarco / Eisacktal
- Cycle route along the famous Wine road
The cycle route in the valley Pusteria / Pustertal is located in the North-East parto of South Tyrol and runs along the rivers Rienza / Rienz and Drava / Drau from Fortezza / Franzensfesten to Lienz in Austria, passing through Brunico / Bruneck. It connectes the valleys Pusteria and Isarco with beautiful up- and downhills.
Following you can download the maps of the cycle routes:
Guided bike tour along the Wine Road
Guided bike tour along the Wine Road through enchanting vineyards, castles and romantic villages to Lake Kaltern/Caldaro. From Bolzano/Bozen along the Isarco and Adige rivers and slightly uphill along the old railway line to Eppan/Appiano. From here it's downhill to Lake Kaltern, lunch, a break at the lake and then back to Bolzano on the cycle path along the Adige and through the apple orchards of southern South Tyrol.
» When: every Saturday from May to October
» Start: 10:00 a.m. from the information office
» Route: 49 km | hi 200 m. Difficulty: easy-medium (also suitable for well-trained children from 12 years)
» Return: approx. 16:00 hrs.
» Cost contribution (excluding bike): € 25.00 adults, seniors and children
» Minimum 3 and maximum 15 participants
» Lunch choice: restaurant by the lake or packed lunch.
» Depending on weather conditions, the itinerary may vary
» Reservation until 12 noon of the previous day.
Useful information for bikers
The bikemobil Card is a combined ticket which allows you to rent a bike and to make full use of South Tyrol's Integrated Public Transport network. It is available for one, three or seven consecutive days. All information are available on http://www.mobilcard.info/it/bikemobil-card.asp.
In South Tyrol there are lots of bike and MTB paths. Take a look at the following websites: