Pure adrenaline in front of an impressive mountain scenery: MTB tours in South Tyrol offer fun for every biker. On the trail, get going! Explore the valley sides in Vinschgau as a freerider, discover the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest high alpine pasture, on two wheels or feel the wind on a flowing descent from Kronplatz. South Tyrol's MTB tours guarantee riding fun and nature experience.
Startpunkt des Ötzi Trails ist unterhalb der Mauslochalm. Flowiger Waldboden-Trail (S2) abwechselnd mit einigen steilen, verblockten Stellen (S3) führt der Trail über den Naturnser Nörderberg bis ins Vormazontal und weiter zur Waldschenke. Es gibt die Möglichkeit auf ca. halber Strecke beim Platzgummhof in den Ötzi- Trail einzusteigen.
The access to the Brand trail is at the parking lot “Kreuzbrünnl” following the signposts “Uphill Naturnser Alm”. After about 1,5 km turning left into a forest road passing a few turns you reach the entrance to the Brand trail. The trail winds down moderately to the Brandhof surpassing only a few turns.
The Bike Highline Meran/o links up with the pastures on the Nörderberg mountain, permitting cyclists to cross it at an altitude of 1,450 – 1,900 m, from the west to the east and vice versa. One reaches the Bike Highline Meran/o through various Uphills, or by utilizing either the Aschbach cableway or the shuttle service. From the Bike Highline Meran/o there are various single and forest trails returning back down into the valley. The stretch between the Tablanderalm and Mauslochalm mountain pastures is technically challenging All other routes are generally accessible & do not present complications.
The Ötzi Flow Trail is the final stretch of the Ötzi Trail. While the Ötzi Trail is a constantly steep descent (S2-S3) from the Bike Highline Meran/o, down in the valley the Ötzi Flow Trail makes the crowning conclusion to the route. It unwinds through 1,000 m of wide hairpin bends and flowing S-1 stretches down to the Waldschenke restaurant. The Ötzi Flow Trail can also be tackled as a short trail in its own right, starting from the forest road above the Waldschenke.
Another absolutely superlative tour in the vicinity of Kaltern / Caldaro: Almost 80 km in length and requiring a high level of physical fitness, this route leads – after arriving via the bicycle path from Kaltern to Neumarkt / Egna – along the old railroad tracks to Kaltenbrunn / Fontanefredde and then on to Truden / Trodena. As you proceed along the course of the former Fleims / Fiemme Valley railroad line, you will climb approx. 800 meters of altitude differential with a grade of no more than 6%. This railroad line – stretching from Auer / Ora to Predazzo – was built during World War I by Russian prisoners of war to transport men and matériel from the Etsch / Adige Valley to the Fleims / Fiemme Valley and towards the front. After the conclusion of the war, this small railroad transported chiefly wood and passengers until it was finally shut down in the 1960s due to shrinking profitability. All that remained was the perfectly established route which, today, serves as a gravel road called the "former Fleims / Fiemme Valley railroad line" or "ex ferrovia". Because the locomotives back then were unable to manage a grade of more than five or six percent, this route is perfect for cyclists – you will be able to gently ascend the slope. The old railway tunnels – which seem like gloomy holes when you first approach them – shouldn't startle you: motion detectors will sense your approach and automatically switch on the lights. As you approach Kaltenbrunn / Fontanefredde, you'll turn off of the railway route and proceed a short distance uphill along the road to Truden. This gravel road is not overly steep and so is easily managed, and will take you up to the Ziss Saddle; this represents the transition to Altrei / Anterivo. Continuing to pedal uphill. Shortly before your reach the Horn Alm, you'll be treated to a fantastic long-distance view eastwards. Now you can enjoy the entire Fleims / Fiemme Valley and the majestic craggy towers of the Pale di San Martino looming behind the Rolle Pass. At an elevation of about 1,700 meters above sea-level, the Horn Alm is a very popular destination for cyclists coming from Bozen / Bolzano and its vicinity. From here, you'll take a short ramp uphill before you pass by Lake Schwarz and Lake Weiss on a gravel path downhill towards Gfrill / Cauria. This charming little hamlet is situated high above the Etsch / Adige Valley and affords a breathtaking view of the magnificent Dolomiti di Brenta. You will first proceed along the old and partially paved rural paths through alpine meadows and then downhill via Trail No. 7 – a forest trail requiring a high degree of technical skill and with almost 1,000 meters of altitude differential that will take you to Laag / Laghetti. The return trip to Kaltern in the afternoon is especially pleasurable when the weather is fine because that's when there's a strong southly wind (the so-called "Ora") blowing through the Etsch / Adige Valley that will act as a tailwind, giving you a little extra "push." It's thus no problem to achieve a speed of 40 km/h on average. All in all, the Trudner Horn is a superlative tour featuring great panoramas. However, it requires a medium-good level of technical skill and relatively good physical fitness.
Variants: In Truden / Trodena, you can decide whether you'd rather opt for the somewhat shorter and easier "Cisloner Alm" or "Kanzel" tours.
Mustn't be missed: The former Fleims / Fiemme Valley railroad line, Lake Weiss and Lake Schwarz, the villages of Truden / Trodena and Gfrill / Cauria.
This is a pleasant roundtrip circuit that will help to acquaint you with the vicinity. It's not quite 20 km long, and will provide you with a good impression of the experience of biking around the Kaltern / Caldaro area. This tour includes beautiful, flowing forest trails interrupted only by charming little lookout points where you can enjoy some wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and Lake Caldaro.
As the name of this route implies, the High-Altitude Trail will first take you uphill from Kaltern. You'll have to manage about 500 meters of altitude differential at the very start. From the town's central market square, you will ascend "through the villages" (the parts of town at higher elevations) – namely: Pfuss and St. Niklaus – up to the so-called "Kalterer Höhe" (high-altitude trail). From this high point, you take the Mendel Pass Road farther up to the Mendel Pass. But this main road is crossed only twice before the High-Altitude Trail really becomes true to its name in the forest and gains elevation until you cross the cableway leading to the Mendel Pass. Now comes the most-enchanting segment of this tour, as you proceed along forest paths and trails downhill until you come to the Ziegelstadel. While passing through the forest, you'll repeatedly come to little clearings where you can stop for a breather and take in the marvelous views. From the Ziegelstadel, you should now take a trail down to Altenburg, the perhaps quietest neighborhood in Kaltern. Altenburg is situated on a sun-drenched plateau above the lake, hidden behind the forest. This is the perfect opportunity for you to pause for refreshments at the Waldschenke Inn or to discover one of the stunning lookout points with a view of Lake Caldaro. The return trip from Altenburg takes you back to Kaltern, past the St. Anton Sports Center with its fun climbing facility. If you feel up to it, you might want to stop by and include a session of wall-climbing in your tour. Or, you can comfortably glide down the path to the central square of Kaltern. Once you've arrived, you might want to relax and enjoy a cup of cappuccino, or a glass of delicious Caldaro wine. What an apt way to conclude a pleasant journey through the many vineyards you've passed through on this tour!
Variants: This tour can also be combined with the "Panorama" tour – part of which runs along the same High-Altitude Trail. You thus have a number of different options to choose from.
The tour to Girlan / Cornaiano is a relatively short and easy mountainbike tour for novices and bikers with less stamina. Yet it still has a lot to offer. Girlan is a little wine village belonging to the neighboring community of Eppan / Appiano, and is situated on the northern part of the Mitterberg / Monte di Mezzo. There are several lookout spots along this trail where you'll enjoy a beautiful view over the provincial capital of Bozen / Bolzano and the Etsch / Adige Valley. The bike tour to Girlan is characterized by the visual splendor of the "Unterland" district of South Tyrol, with its handsome vineyards and orchards. From Kaltern / Caldaro, you'll first roll along the asphalt bicycle path towards Eppan. This bicycle path takes you along the now-defunct railway line that used to connect Bozen with Kaltern. This fact guarantees you that the grade will remain gentle throughout (because the old locomotives weren't able to overcome grades of more than 6%). Today, the only vestige of that wonderful bygone era is the vintage steam engine standing on the tracks at the exit of Kaltern. Especially on weekends, when the weather is nice, you will encounter lots of foot traffic along the bike trail, including other cyclists, families, children, and dogs – so we recommend that you remain alert at all times. After about five kilometers, you'll reach Eppan. From here, you'll take the narrow asphalt trail at the right, and proceed uphill towards Girlan. Afterwards, you'll continue along technically easy and shady gravel trails and forest paths over the Mitterberg / Monte di Mezzo, past the crossroad at Purzelmoos and the Montiggl Lakes. In summer months, you might want to stop and take a refreshing dip before proceeding downhill via the village of Montiggl and the Montiggl Plateau towards Kaltern.
Variants: You can follow the bicycle path straight towards Bozen and follow the "Mitterberg" tour in the opposite direction.
Mustn't be missed: The bicycle path along the former Fleims / Fiemme Valley railroad line from Kaltern to Sigmundskron / Firmiano, the Montiggl Forest, as well as the Montiggl Lakes.
Starting at the town hall square in Anterivo we drive through the village towards the Hotel Waldheim, and then we turn left towards Prà dal Manz. The route continues on easy forest trails and leads uphill until it reaches the Passo Cisa (1489m). By continuing, we arrive at the Malga Monte Corno (1710m), the highest point of the tour. We follow the pleasant declining road which brings us back to the starting point in the centre of Anterivo.
Possible Restaurant stops: Malga Monte Corno
We start in the centre of Trodena (1127 m) and ride until we reach Fontanefredde. Then we have to get over 100 hm until we reach San Lugano. From the Passo San Lugano we start downhill until we reach Molina and the Val di Fiemme cycle route. the track includes less frequented asphaltic roads and some forest trails.
Possible restaurant stops: Hotel Restaurant Schönwies and Hotel Restaurant Trudnerhof at Trodena.
This bike tour follows the trackbed of the former Fleimstalbahn railway, which was built during the First World War, serving primarily to transport goods until 1936. It began in Ora/Auer and ran to the town of Predazzo. The stretch from Ora to San Lugano is still in good condition and is easy to ride. The bike tour leads through historic villages, wonderful vineyards - right through the Pinot Noir heart of Pinzon/Pinzano and through Auer/Ora, the home of the Lagrein - the wonderful mountain landscape of the Trudner Horn/Monte Corno Nature Park and is particularly rewarding because of the unique view of the South Tyrolean lowlands.
The Spin Trail leads the bikers through the lonely mountain world at the 3-Länder Eck and leads along the slope towards the south. The Reschensee to the left flashes again and again through the woods and suddenly it is clear: here I am right! The Upper Spin Trail leads to the Schneider junction. From here it's either back to the Schöneben Bahn or further south to the Haideralm.
From St. Valentin drive to the starting point at the dam wall of Lake Reschen. Then the tour leads westwards through the hamlet of Innerkaschon up to the old road towards Schöneben (above the old Reschensee road). For about 8 km and 650 hm with a pleasant incline, first on asphalt and then on gravel, mainly through forest, to the Haideralm mountain restaurant with its beautiful panoramic terrace of the surrounding mountains and the two lakes. At the mountain station of the gondola lift in St. Valentin, head downhill to turn right after about 500 m in the direction of St. Valentin/Plagött trail no. 7. Take the forest and gravel path all the way downhill to the hamlet of Plagött at 1,625m. Here you can enjoy some traditional Vinschgau dishes and a magnificent panoramic view of the terrace. Well-fed, return on the asphalted downhill trail to St. Valentin dam.
Tip: Whoever prefers easy trails instead of forest paths and asphalt descents, can try the Plattweg (no 92, S2) and Grein-Trail (no. 93, S1) built in 2016 or the Haideralm Flowtrail (no. 91, S1).