From 2005 the Val Venosta Train, or Vinschgerbahn, takes you from Merano to Malles and back.
Image gallery: Val Venosta Train
The Val Venosta Train ("Vinschgerbahnl" in local dialect) was opened on July 1, 1906 and remained in operation for 84 years. In 1990, the last train rolled through the Val Venosta valley until 1999, when the railway line became the property of the Province of South Tyrol and was completely renovated. On May 5, 2005, the first of the new colourful trains of the Val Venosta Train was sent to Malles. A new railway era had begun: The length of the railway is 59.8 km and the railway itself today reaches a maximum speed of 100 km/h.
The track runs along the Adige river across the Val Venosta. The stations along the track date back to the period of time between 1900 and 1906 and are consequently part of the cultural artefact of South Tyrol. The restoration of the stations was performed in cooperation with the Provincial Antiquities and Monuments Office, striving for preserving their original flair. Of course also modern techniques were implemented: the accessibility for handicapped people has been referred to as "exemplary in Europe", as 14 of 18 stations along the track are "accessible" and the remaining four stations "accessible with help".
Another great offer is called "bikemobil Card", a combined ticket which allows you to make full use of South Tyrol's Integrated Public Transport network, including the PostBus Switzerland service between Malles and Müstair (CH), and to rent a bike (1 day, without transport on train or bus). Seven train stations along the track offer a bike rental: Merano, Naturno, Laces, Spondigna, Silandro, Malles and Resia. At these rental & service stations carrying the symbol "Südtirol Rad" / "Bici Alto Adige" you can rent and return bikes. Have fun!
Please note: Due to extensive work in the railway tunnels and on the line, the railway section Merano - Tel is closed until further notice. There are replacement buses.