Your transalpine cycle trip starts from the foot of Ammergebirge mountain range and from the idyllic Forggensee. Past the Füssener Lechfall, the cycle path continues along the Lech into Tyrol's Ausserfern. The rugged elegance of the Lechtal Alps and the Zugspitze mountains flank the cycle path as far as the Ehrwalder Becken, a protected moorland, in whose subsurface parts of a Roman “beating road” of the Via Claudia Augusta are preserved. From Biberwier an organised shuttle-transfer takes you to Fernsteinsee Castle and the cycle path, embedded in the amazing Tyrolian landscape, meanders through the picturesque Gurgltal (Gurgl Valley) and into the Upper Inn Valley until Landeck.
A sporty, serpentine like ascent of approx. 700 metres awaits you between Pfunds and Nauders by Reschensee lake water reservoir. From there you take the Adige Cycle Path, along the playful river, through the lush fruit growing landscapes of the sun-drenched Vinschgau valley, via the spa town of Merano and the idyllic shimmering Lake Caldaro to the lovely Castelfeder holiday region. The wine gardens and numerous manorial castles nestle upon the hills and high plateaus around Lake Caldaro and the South Tyrolean lower land flows seamlessly into the famous Trentino. Flanked by porphyry walls to the left and olive groves to the right the Adige cycle path leads steadily its way to Verona. Broad moraine hills, flooded with sunlight, as well as overhanging giant trees in the nature park of Mincio river, accompany you on your way to the cosy harbour town of Peschiera del Garda.
Day 1: Individual journey to Füssen in Bavaria
King Ludwig II. and his fairy-tale castle welcome you in Füssen.
Day 2: Füssen - Landeck, ~75 km
Today the tour takes us from Füssen to Reutte. From there our transfer brings you across Fern Pass in a comfortable way. From Fernstein castle you cycle past Nassereith and through the picturesque Gurgltal Valley to Imst. A "beery" adventure awaits you at the microbrewery at Starkenberg castle.
Day 3: Landeck - Holiday region Lago di Resia & Alta Venosta, ~85 km
After a hearty breakfast you cycle from Imst to Landeck. From there we take the shuttle up to Nauders. Soon afterwards you cross the border to Italy at Reschen pass and with it the main Alpine ridge. You cycle downwards towards Malles past Reschenstausee reservoir with the sunken church tower of Altgraun, one of the most famous photo motifs of Italy. Enjoy the first evening on South Tyrolean soil and enjoy strolling through the old alleyways of the town.
Day 4: Holiday region Lago di Resia & Alta Venosta - Meran, ~65 km
Today you cross the entire Val Venosta. The route leads from an altitude of more than 1,000m down to the town of Merano that is located at an altitude of 350m. Most of the route follows the course of River Adige. From your starting place this pleasant cycling stretch leads down to the smallest town of the Alps, the town of Glorenza. Past the marble town of Laas you get to Naturns and eventually - past the impressive Kastellbell castle - to the spa town of Merano. Enjoy an evening walk through town along the "Passer" promenade surrounded by subtropical flora.
Day 5: Merano - Region Castelfeder, ~50-60 km
There is plenty to see along this route: Niederlana's famous Schnatterpeckaltar, the largest Gothic wing altar in the Alpine area, the highest church tower of the South Tyrol in Terlan and a great number of fortresses and ruins on both valley slopes. And - after the optional visit of Bolzano you'll have the wonderful opportunity to refresh your legs at Lake Caldaro.
Day 6: Region Castelfeder - Belluno Veronese, ~85-95 km
Today you cycle along River Adige that is lined by orchards until you get to Salorno. The German-speaking part of the South Tyrol ends here. The stage finishes in the town of Trento which features an old town worth seeing with historic buildings like the cathedral and Buonconsiglio castle. Along the River Adige you'll pass Rovereto, Pilcante and Avio until you get to Belluno Veronese. They say that this is where the best wine is made since the 15th century. Even though Veronese is only 6 km away from Lake Garda there is a lot less touristic ado. Enjoy the rural ambience over a glass of local wine.
Day 7: Belluno Veronese - Peschiera del Garda, ~80 km
Before you'll reach the city of Romeo & Juliet you'll have to overcome one more little ascent up to Rivoli Veronese. Have a good time relaxing or strolling or discovering the arena of Verona... It might be hard to leave Verona already but the special holiday charm of the small town of Peschiera del Garda will make up for it. The roads are mostly quiet country roads and follows past Valeggio sul Mincio the beautiful bike path along River Mincio.
Day 8: Individual return journey or extension
7 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels
transfer across Fern Pass
detailed tour documentation
GPS tracks on request
luggage transport from hotel to hotel
self-guided tour - 10 days / 9 nights
arrival every Tuesday and Saturday
season I (968 €/person in double)
season II (+40 €/person)
season III (+71 €/person)
'arrival any day'
4 persons minimum
route (1)-(2): ~400 km
flat and gently hilly on paved cycling paths and rural roads, 2 pass transfers by mini van
how to get there
by car: to Füssen
by train: station Füssen
by plane: airport Munich
on public parking P2 for free or in town center P5 for ~65 €/week
has to be paid on place to the hotels
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