From 2005 the Val Venosta Train, or Vinschgerbahn, takes you from Merano to Malles and back.
Image gallery: Val Venosta Train
First the Val Venosta Train has been inaugurated on July 1, 1906, and after its maiden voyage and an interruption of service, this railroad line has been reopened. In 1990, for the time being, there was the last train running throughout the valley, until the track changed hands and was public ownership from 1999. It was redeveloped and on May 5, 2005, the new train made its maiden voyage to Malles, ushering in a new era. Today the track features a length of 59.8 km and the train 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 artifact of South Tyrol. The restaurations of the stations have been 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). Six train stations along the track offer a bike rental: Merano, Naturno, Laces, Spondigna, Silandro and Malles. At these rental & service stations carrying the symbol “Südtirol Rad” / “Bici Alto Adige” you can rent and return bikes. Have fun!