The cycle path follows the ancient Roman road from Augsburg to Venice and also through Merano and its surroundings.
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Via Claudia Augusta is an antique Roman Road, leading from Donauwörth across the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. Today the Via Claudia Augusta is above all known as biking and cycling path and is very popular. The road has been built in 47 BC under the rule of the Emperor Claudius von Altinum. But already his father, general Drusus the Elder in 15 BC. So the construction works have lasted more than 60 years.
The complessive cycling path Via Claudia Augusta until its very end in Venice includes 902 km and the quality of the path varies from region to region. There are sections which are perfectly suitable for a trip with the whole family, whereas there are also more challenging sections, which are classified as mountain bike routes.
One of the most pleasant tracks for cyclists is the path from Passo Resia to Merano, not at least due to the fact that it is also considered to be one of the most attractive from a scenic point of view. It takes cyclists across meadows and forests, round lakes and past castles and ruins. Another part that is quite popular is the section between Merano and Bolzano.
Moreover in Rablà the so far only milestone of the Via Claudia Augusta has been found. Today this milestone can be visited in the City Museum of Bolzano, whereas in Rablà a replication has been established.
Meranerland.org offers detailed information about the sections of the Via Claudia Augusta in the Merano area:
- Val Venosta Cycle Route from Malles to Merano
- Crossing Merano to Lana-Postal
- Val d’Adige Cycle Track from Lana-Postal near Merano to Bolzano
Start: Donauwörth near Augsburg (D)
Destination: Altino near Venice (east route) Ostiglia on the Po (west route). The two routes divide at Trento.
Length: approx. 715 km
Highest points: Bichlbach (A, 1080 m), Biberwier (A, 993 m) Pfunds (A, 970 m), Fernpass (A, 1250 m), Passo Resia (I, 1450 m).
Route character: on asphalt or gravel cycle paths and quiet side roads.
Signposting: signposted throughout (Via Claudia Augusta symbol).