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On two wheels across the region

Are you looking for a more challenging trail, a winding pass or a leisurely paced ride? You can find them all in South Tyrol.

Do you like to go biking on holiday? An extensive cycling network which stretches from town to town, challenging trails, winding mountain passes and stunning views, make the cycling experience by mountain, gravel and road bikes one of South Tyrol's most popular activities. On the Via Claudia Augusta, you'll ride along the ancient Roman road through Vinschgau/Val Venosta valley, Meran/Merano and Bolzano/Bozen and rolls down the southern part of the region. On the cycling routes in Eisacktal/Valle Isarco and Pustertal/Val Pusteria valleys, urban charm and the mountains create an unforgettable panorama to the Dolomites. Whether on hard ascents or over hill and dale, on paved cycliing routes or graveling through forests to cool down, we assure you riding fun!

5 reasons for a bike holiday in South Tyrol

1. Cycling is good for the environment and is true freedom.

2. Whether on a mountain bike in the Dolomites, in Vinschgau/Val Venosta on signposted trails or leisurely through the vineyards on a gravel bike - you have the chance to discover South Tyrol's diverse landscape on two wheels.

3. Year-round cycling can be experienced in South Tyrol. You can pedal from March until late autumn.

4. Stop at an alpine inn for lunch, take regular coffee breaks and after a long-distance tour, let yourself be delighted with traditional dishes. Cycling in South Tyrol is good for you and it also tastes good!

5. You'll cycle enough while earning South Tyrol's culinary delights.

Overnight stay in certified bike accommodations

Do your legs tingle when you think about your holiday in South Tyrol? Then it's highly likely that exploring the region on two wheels suits your needs. You'll also be suggested with the right accommodation. Along the cycling route or nearby, bike-friendly establishments offer a bike holiday that you won't regret. The Bett+Bike and Bett+Bike+Sport quality seals of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club (ADFC) ensure a pleasant stay. Find out the meaning behing quality seals right away.

The Bett+Bike quality certificate gathers accommodations that have adapted their services to cycle-holidaymakers. The following minimum criteria must be met by each certified establishment:

  • A room with a locking system to secure your bicycle
  • A laundry service and drying room
  • Breakfast and kitchen amenities
  • Information on the regional offer for cycling tourists
  • An essential repair kit and repair shop contact
  • Free wifi

The Bett+Bike-Sport quality gathers accommodations that meet special requirements for sports-oriented bike tourists. That's how safety, service, care and technology won't disappoint. Each certified establishment must meet these minimum criteria:

  • Burglar proof bike room
  • Rental or sale of cycling maps
  • Equipment and drying room
  • Washing area for bikes
  • Shower facilities 
  • Service for the maintanance and repair of bikes
  • Special tools and repair shop contact
  • Breakfast or kitchen amenities
  • Power pack lunch box
  • Daily weather update
  • Free Wifi
  • Guided bike tours, massage package and pick-up service for bike tourists

For 20 years now, the BikeHotels Südtirol group has stood for sophisticated, individual cycling holidays in the region's best hotels. These are accommodations where you'll stay with experienced locals who are experts of road and mountain biking in South Tyrol. The members fulfill these quality criteria with strong commitment:

  • 5 guided bike tours per week by the host or certified bike guide.
  • GPS devices, maps, bike info with weekly program
  • Alarm-secured bike garage with repair corner and bike repair shops contacts
  • Bike washing area and drying room
  • In-house bike rental or in partnership
  • Regional cuisine with selected ingredients 

Find your bike accommodation

Whether you are planning a long distance tour or a star tour, on South Tyrol's extensive cycle network you will not only find top ranked cycling routes, but also the best accommodation for your bike holiday.

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Track for every cyclist type

Tracks and tours at all altitudes offer everything your cyclist heart wishes, from March until late autumn, in South Tyrol. More than 2,000 km of tours and paved trails with different levels of difficulty, can be explored from Vinschgau/Val Venosta to the Dolomites, through sunny alpine meadows, shady mountain forests and up into the airy mountains. All Mountain bikers, regardless whether you're more into downhill, freeride or enduro. Everyone will find an extensive network of signposted tours and tracks for their cycling holiday in South Tyrol. Some of the single tracks are suitable for beginners, while others are popular routes for ambitious mountain bikers. There are certainly many tours which are also suitable for e-bikes and families.

In Eldorado on a road bike

South Tyrol's pass roads will make your cyclist heart beat faster. Not only in the so-called "Queen of the Alps", the Stilfser Joch. There are many other challeging pass roads which are worth a bike ride. The roads that with their bends get over 2,000 m, make road cycling a very special experience in South Tyrol. Away from the lofty heights on the South Tyrolean pass roads, side valleys, side roads and paved bike paths in Vinschgau/Val Venosta, Meran/Merano and the surrounding area, along the Alto Adige Wine Road, in the Eisacktal and Pustertal valleys you'll be excited to go road biking: discover the variety of routes through apple orchards and vineyards.

Trekking on two wheels

On well-maintained cycling routes running through valleys, you'll enjoy the landscape while earning culinary regional delights. If you wish, you can return to your starting point on board a comfortable train. West of the region you can cycle along the ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta from Reschenpass to Salurn/Salorno. On the Pustertal cycling route in the east, past the Kronplatz mountain, the landscape becomes more alpine, while from north to south, the historic towns of Sterzing/Vipiteno, Brixen/Bressanone, and Klausen/Chiusa on the Brenner cycling route, invite you for a pit stop.

Download the maps of the valley cycling routes and discover the highlights of the individual stages.

 

Cycle Route Adige

Cycling through Alpine and Mediterranean worlds

In their day the likes of Johann Goethe, Albert Dürer and Hapsburg Empress Sissi journeyed south along the Via Claudia Augusta to enjoy its famed Mediterranean climate. Nowadays, the cycling trail offers you another way to experience the unspoilt Vinschgau valley first-hand.

Cycle Route Pustertal Valley

Nature, living traditions, and a multifaceted cultural heritage

Cycling the lush Pustertal valley along the Rienz and Drau rivers, you'll come across a cultural treasure trove. The small villages along the way conceal fascinating historical gems just waiting to be discovered. 

Cycle Route Brennero/Brenner - Bolzano/Bozen

Charming towns and cultural attractions

This cycling route stretches from the Alps to the threshold of the Mediterranean: from the Brenner Pass on the Austro-Italian border to the provincial capital of Bolzano/Bozen. Divided into stages, the 96 km cycling route along the old railway line on the banks of the Eisack river passes through historic settlements.

Places and tours for bike enthusiasts

Flat or steep, smooth-flowing or technical, from wine roads over back roads up to famed mountain passes. The cycling season in South Tyrol begins in March. Until late autumn, these tours, tracks and cycling routes will make your cyclist heart beat faster.

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MTB Tour in the heart of the Dolomites

See spectacular views round the Sella massif: the famed Sellaronda leads you on single and forest tracks through four valleys in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mountainbiken im Herzen der Dolomiten
Grödner Joch

Cycling safely and fairly

Whether you are road biking or riding with an e-MTB - you'll find some basic rules for how to reach your destination.

Good planning is at the start of all bike tours. Are the basic requirements for the tour met? Your health and bicycle conditions must be in top shape. Do you have your equipment in mind? You'd better double-check! Pack sufficiently warm, waterproof, windproof clothing, a repair kit, your phone - EU emergency number is 112 - lights and food. Take your sunglasses and gloves with you and wear them. Maps or GPS navigation apps will help you find directions. Check the route and the weatehr forecast before your ride, put your helmet on and you're all set!

Once you hop in the saddle, pedal on the designated trails and follow any detours or barriers to always respect the bicyle laws. Yield to pedestrians: slow down and announce that you're coming up behind them; if you meet hikers, it's common courtesy to greet. Above all, you should always stay alert in order to be able to react to unexpected situations. Don't brake too quickly. If you lose traction of you wheels and apply both brakes firmly, the path can be damaged. Sometimes a route can take you onto a busy road: keep a safe distance from vehicles and the roadside. Don't ride side by side. Moreover, riding a bike benefits animals and the environment. During daylight hours you won't disturb shy forest dwellers; but if you must cross a cow pasture, approach the animals slowly and close the pasture fence's gate after passing. Avoid noise and take your trash bag with you. Be yourself the cyclist you would like to meet!

In critical situations, the SOS EU ALP app gives you assistance. It locates where you are and your position is then transmitted to the responsible control center, which can provide notifications to the medical services, mountain rescue, ground or air rescue units. This safety service is available in South Tyrol’s regions and Bavaria.

Cycling like a pro

In South Tyrol MTB schools and top trained guides are excited to pass on their riding techniques. They take you on freeride, family or multi-day tours and reveal their favourite places.

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Etschradroute bike tour along Via Claudia Augusta

Along the Via Claudia Augusta route, you'll pedal enough to marvel at loads of culture: castles, forts, monasteries, characterful villages and convivial places to dine or grab a beer!

Etschradroute entlang der Via Claudia Augusta

Services for your bike

Over 120 bike rentals, a wide number of charging stations and an efficient infrastructure with public transport make your bike holiday in South Tyrol unforgettable.

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bikemobil Card

With the bikemobil Card you can experience South Tyrol by travelling in a more comfortable and sustainable way by train, bus and rental bike. 

The bikemobil Card combines two offers: it's a ticket for all public transport in South Tyrol and for a one day bike tour. You can find your bicycle at a bike rental. Children aged betwen 6 and 13 receive the Junior bikemobil card (reduced-price).

Your bike holiday in South Tyrol

Explore the legendary "Pale Mountains" on two wheels, try out the latest bike trends in Brixen/Bressanone, conquer the oldest Roman road stretching from Vinschgau/Val Venosta to the south of Adige river and enjoy the tours through South Tyrol's vineyards.

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With a local guide you'll discover cycling routes brimming with a contrasting nature and stunning viewpoints. By hopping off your bike you'll also taste the regional cuisine and specialties. Enjoy your bike experience to the fullest!

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