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etschtal radweg bozen meran pista ciclabile adige bolzano merano

Val d’Adige bicycle track

The so-called “Pista ciclabile delle mele“ (literally: apple bicycle track) leads from the south of Merano to Bolzano.

This bicycle track is 20 km long and runs from the village of Lana to Bolzano. It is a part of the Italian section of the Via-Claudia-Augusta bicycle track, which runs along the Adige river.

The Val d’Adige bicycle track or „Pista ciclabile delle mele“ from the railway station Lana-Postal to Bolzano is a part of the Via-Claudia-Augusta bicycle track, which leads on the old Roman road from Augsburg in Germany to Ostiglia / Venice in Italy. The asphalted trail runs parallel to the river Adige and is sometimes flanked by the railway Merano - Bolzano.

Cycling across the landscape of fruit orchards, we see some South Tyrolean highlights in the valley and its surrounding mountain slopes: the beautiful villages of the Val d’Adige, many churches, castles and ruins. The southern section near Firmiano Castle offers a great round view of the Dolomites (with Mount Catinaccio and Mount Sciliar), the highlands of Appiano with the Baroque onion dome of San Paolo, Appiano Castle and Boymont Castle.

We continue our mountainbike tour towards the city of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, with its very special alpine and mediterranean flair. Arrived at the railway station of Ponte Adige, we turn left and cycle on the main road towards Bolzano for about 200 metres until we turn right a the signpost before the Hotel Premstallerhof. After a small level crossing we can either cross a bicycle bridge to reach Appiano and Caldaro or continue straight ahaid for 1 km until we reach a crossroads, where we can chose to cycle towards north into the centre of Bolzano or towards south to the Bassa Atesina region.

Please note (2009): Unfortunately, there is no direct connection with the centre of Merano. However, from Merano you can cycle zigzag through the city to the railway station of Lana-Postal (see “Bicycle tracks in Merano“) or take the train from Merano to Bolzano (you can take your bicycle with you).

Author: AT

Tracks: Pista ciclabile della Val d’Adige (Pista ciclabile delle mele, Ciclabile dell’Adige)
Section of interregional bicycle tracks: Via-Claudia-Augusta
Cycling time: approx. 90 minutes
Length: 20.5 km
Altitude difference: 75 metres
Track surface: asphalted track on the river bank
Starting point: railway station Lana-Postal
End point: railway station Ponte Adige (from here, approx. 1 km to the crossroads to Appiano and Caldaro, approx. 2 km to the crossroads to Bolzano - Trento).
Access points: at nearly all villages on the track, like Lana, Postal, Gargazzone and Nalles.

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