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The best e-bike tours in South Tyrol

Cycle to destinations for trekking e-bikes and experience the kick of adrenaline that comes with being active. Read our tips for bike accommodations, eletric charging stations and bike rentals.

The Dolomites, vineyards, and medieval towns are only some of the main reasons to plan an electric bike holiday in South Tyrol. Here are sunny days brighter, because the Alps protect the area from severe weather events. What's more, the South Tyrolean lifestyle is fascinating for its unique blend of Alpine and Mediterranean influences. On an e-bike holiday in South Tyrol, you can explore the region in an an active and enjoyable way with less effort and more time to discover amazing secret places, each bettering the last. South Tyrol's e-bike routes wind through quiet valleys, lush Alpine pastures or the countryside. Ride along ancient Roman roads, valley cycle paths, on an e-MTB in the Dolomites, or in Vinschgau/Val Venosta. A growing network of e-bike charging stations guarantees a pleasure-filled adventure and if you are planning a multi-day e-bike journey, we recommend you book one of South Tyrol's bike-friendly accommodations.

E-bike tours in the Dolomites

With an e-bike you can enjoy the thrill of exploring the unique Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site even more. It allows you to take on greater distances, and being battery powered, you can go to one of the many charging stations, once your e-bike is running out of power. An e-bike adventure in South Tyrol lets you soak in the breathtaking beauty of mountains without giving up to physical exercise. The Fanes-Sennes MTB Tour is considered one of the most beautiful e-bike tours in South Tyrol. The trail is 55 km long, winds through the namesake nature park and sites of Ladin origins. Seiser Alm, Europe's largest high alpine pasture, also has a great reputation for e-bike tours in South Tyrol. On the Seiser Alm Hut Tour, you cycle for 22.6 km anc collect a tapestry of stunning sights. Don't miss out on a culinary break in the cosy huts along the way. Want to ride up a Dolomite pass on an e-bike? The Sella Pass Tour starts in Selva Gardena and takes you up to the Sella Pass on a trail that mostly runs parallel to the road, then back down at the foot of the imposing Sassolungo mountain in the Dolomites.

E-bike tours along the Alto Adige Wine Road

Particularly, you can appreciate the charm of the Alto Adige Wine Road in autumn and spring. You can prepare to cycle on a trekking e-bike to explore a landscape renowned for its vineyards. Well-marked e-bike routes lead you tojaw droing sights and South Tyrol's most famous wine villages, where you can immerse yourself in the Mediterranean vineyards, known for producing Pinot Blanc, Gew√ľrztraminer, and Pinot Noir wines. The main wine cycle route spans 23 km, taking you through Girlan, Eppan/Appiano, and Kaltern/Caldaro, until you get to Lake Kalterer See, the warmest bathing lake in the Alps. Here, you can have a refreshment break and indulge in wine tastings at wineries with a long tradition or modern architecture and offering¬† award-winning wines. For an insider experience, you should consider the Large √úberetsch Unterland Tour. This 71-kilometer route takes you through the wine villages, from Kaltern/Caldaro through Tramin/Termeno to Salorno/Salurn, and back to Eppan along the valley cycle path on the opposite side.

E-bike charging stations enhance your adventure

When planning your e-bike tours, it's good to know that South Tyrol is an e-bike paradise, offering trekking opportunities at any altitude. From the alpine locations in the Dolomites to the Mediterranean wine landscapes in the south, you'll find a comprehensive network of e-bike charging stations. These user-friendly charging stations, compatible with all common e-bike models, allow you to plan your worry-free eletric bike holiday. Enjoy easy rides along the valley cycle paths around Bolzano/Bozen, Meran/Merano, and Bruneck/Brunico, or tackle more challenging tours in the mountains. Your e-trekking adventure is guaranteed to be safe, with your e-bike always fully charged. If you'd like to take a break from cycling on the way back, South Tyrol's public bus and train network is well-coordinated: enjoy the comfort of means of transport and go back to your starting point. 

Which e-bike is best for you?

Who isn't riding an electric bike these days? South Tyrol's bike rentals help you find the right option. Whether you've planned your tour through idyllic vineyards or over challenging mountain passes, you'll ride further and faster with our e-bikes. Bike rentals in South Tyrol offer a wide range of models, high-quality gear and give you professional advice.

On the Sellaronda mountain with the e-bike

The epic circumnavigation of the Sella massif in the Dolomites is no longer a "beyond expert" bike trail only. This 58-kilometre trail is also suitable for people riding a trekking e-bike, thanks to the many charging startions along the route.

 

Mountainbiken im Herzen der Dolomiten
Grödner Joch

An e-bike paradise: Vinschgau/Val Venosta

The Vinschgau holiday region has everything that e-bikers are looking for! Nestled between Lake Reschensee - advertised as one of the most scenic - the mighty Ortler group, and the  Sonnenberg mountain, this bike paradise in the west of the region lures many people for its diverse landscapes. A dense network of over 80 signposted MTB routes guides you through the best corners of the Vinschgau Valley, including its culinary specialties. On the Premstl-Stallwies e-bike Tour, you can experience Martelltal/Val Martello's natural beauty. The welcoming mountain inn along the way is a great place to stop for a snack. The Schöneben-Haideralm Tour, around 30 km long, takes you first uphill to Schöneben, where you can enjoy breathtakingly stunning views and delicious food. The route then continues to St. Valentin and meanders through shady spruce and larch forests until you reach the shores of Lake Reschensee and return to Graun. All e-bike tours Vinschgau is recorded with GPS. Check where electric charging stations are located, before you start your e-bike tour.

 

Cycle along the Via Claudia Augusta

Where 2,000 years ago the ancient Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta connected the south with the north, today run 700-kilometre of cycle route suitable for trekking e-bikes. Around 150 kilometres of this route traverse South Tyrol. Starting from Lake Reschensee in Vinschgau, the Via Claudia Augusta runs southwards through valleys brimming with orchards and vineyards and is definitely worth adding to the list. Along the way, you can catch a glimpse of castles and fortresses, like the Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano, and cycle with the flow of the River Adige. The South Tyrolean section of the Via Claudia Augusta ends in Salorno. You can divide the Roman route into stages. For example, the section from Naturns to Meran, or the entire 58-kilometre stretch from Meran to Salorno, is a touted e-bike route, especially in spring when the apple trees along the cycle path are in bloom. For a short break, visit the provincial capital of Bolzano or stroll down the alleys of Egna/Neumarkt, one of Italy's most beautiful towns. What's more, bike areas allow you to rest, eat a snack and recharge your e-bike battery!

Certified bike friendly hotels

Whether you're planning to cross the Alps by e-bike or spend your e-bike holiday in the Dolomites, these accommodations are specialised in offering services for cyclists and comfortable places to stay. They're located nearby e-bike routes and are perfect for your biking needs. The Bett+Bike and Bett+Bike+Sport quality labels of the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) guarantee that you and your bike are in the safest hands. Find out here what stands behind these quality labels.

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 S√ľdtirol 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

Enjoy a cycling holiday without compromise. The Bett+Bike and Bett+Bike-Sport quality certifications from the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) ensure that you and your bike are well taken care of.

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Tips for safe biking

Safe biking is essential for a carefree cycling experience in South Tyrol's breathtaking nature. To make sure you are well prepared, we have put together some helpful tips on riding safety and first aid.

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.

Health in the saddle
Mountain biking is an endurance sport that requires good health and a realistic self-assessment.

Plan carefully
Use technical literature, maps, the Internet, and experts to select rides that are appropriate for your fitness level and current conditions.

Check your bike
Before every ride, check your brakes, tire pressure, wheels, suspension, and gears.

Complete your gear
Your pack should include warm clothing, rain and wind protection, a repair kit, first aid kit, cell phone, lights, food and drink.

Always wear a helmet
Always wear a helmet to prevent head injuries from falls or collisions.

Respect Local Regulations
Use appropriate roads and trails and respect local closures to avoid conflicts.

Pedestrians have priority
Watch for pedestrians, signal your approach, and reduce your speed.

Leave No Trace
Prevent soil erosion and trail damage by slowing down and taking your trash with you.

Respect animals
Ride during daylight hours to avoid disturbing wildlife and close pasture gates after passing through.

Control your speed
Adapt your speed to the situation and be ready to brake.

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.

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