Etsch bicycle path Innsbruck-Bozen
Start in Innsbruck, the „treasure vault of the Alps“, visit the monastery Stams and go to the pass Reschen easily by bus. Now the pleasure is just about to start! You enjoy a wonderful ride through the fruit orchards of the lower Vintschgau, follow the river Etsch into the charming small town Meran and through the wine area of the Trentino. The silence of the Lake Kalterer and the lively old town of Bozen with the famous access balconies are a phantastic end of your journey. The route leads mainly along real bicycle paths and small tracks across the fields. Although there is a gradient of 1200 m on the bicycle path from the lake Reschen to Bozen , you have to cope with small gradients every now and again.
1. day Innsbruck arrival
You must see the famous „Goldene Dachl“ and the Hofburg of Innsbruck! Welcome/briefing for the tour and handing out of the bikes.
2. day Innsbruck - Imst 65 km
Discover the mountains of Tyrol along the Inn valley - it is a fascinating feeling to cycle on flat paths amongst the majestic mountains. After recommendable visit of the monastery Stams you roll to Imst.
3. day Imst - Burgeis/Mals 50 km + transfer by bus
Follow the river Inn until Landeck. Afterwards you go by bus (40 km) upwards onto the Reschen pass. What a wonderful panorama! You cycle past the sunk, much photographed church in the Reschen lake to Burgeis–Mals on smallest byways.
4. day Burgeis/Mals - Meran 65 km
Today you can admire many palaces, castles, ruins and monasteries, which stick to the rocks or sun theirselves amongst rolling wineyards like the mountaineer Reinhold Messner ´s palace Juval. The highlight is Meran with the beautiful city, the famous access balconies and the ethnic patios. If you want to be very early in Meran you may cut the biking stretch short by using the Vinschgau train.
5. day Meran stay / Passeiertal 40 km
A marvellous day lies ahead! What do you like most? A biking roundtrip to the birthplace of Andreas Hofer, the hero of freedom of Tyrol, in the valley Passeier, a walk at the famous Tappeiner path or a shopping spree in Meran?
6. day Meran - Lake Kaltern - Auer 50 km
Today you can see the change of the countryside from the „fruit orchard of the Vintschgau“ into the „wineland of the Trentino“. You cycle along countless grapevines past noble villas and elegant country estates to the Lake Kalterer. Accommodation in the snug wining villages Kaltern or Tramin.
7. day Auer - Bolzano 35 km
You cycle to the centre of Bolzano either easy-going through the flat valley of the river Etsch or sporting via the lakes Montiggler and Sigmundskron. Look forward to historical buildings with Italian flair, access balconies and the Ötzi-museum.
8. day Bolzano departure
Transfer back to Innsbruck by bus possible (50,00 Euro per person, payable at the spot, reservation necessary). Continuation Bolzano – Venice by bike possible.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
25.04. – 08.05.2020
26.09. – 10.10.2020
09.05. – 19.06.2020
12.09. – 25.09.2020
20.06. – 11.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- bus transfer from Landeck to Nauders including bike transport
- personal tour information
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour from Innsbruck to Bolzano If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Innsbruck is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to the partner hotels in Innsbruck. Current schedule information and price information can be found at www.bahn.de
Parking facilities at the hotel
The partner hotels in Innsbruck provide parking possibilities, for the entire duration of your bike trip. At the hotel there is a hotel garage about € 12.- per day, alternatively a public parking garage for about € 60.- per week. A reservation is not possible, costs are payable locally. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The bike paths run through the river valleys of the Inn and the Adige. In the direction of Reschenpass, which connects the two valleys, there is a bus transfer from Landeck to Nauders. Approximately 70 meters of altitude remain to the Reschenpass, then there are to Bolzano more than 1,200 vertical meters in front of you. Nevertheless, you have to manage here and there small intermediate climbs to keep the route guidance largely traffic-free. The route has its own signage.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. For all gentlemen from 185 cm in height . You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Touring information and rental bike
The personal route information with rental bike (if booked) takes place on the day of arrival in the hotel.
Special dates are bookable on request.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Every saturday there is the possibility to transfer back to Innsbruck with a small bus. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has enough room for you, your luggage and (when required) your own bicycle. A prebooking of the transer is required, the coasts of € 65.- p.p. is payable on spot. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
Cycling in italy
In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Coasts which are not included in the price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the hotel.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Innsbruck, Kaiserliche Hofburg
At the end of the 15th century, when Emperor Maximilian I filled the castle with magnificent court life, the building already had the extension of the Imperial Palace to Innsbruck. Empress Maria Theresia had the Hofburg converted into a monumental late-baroque residence in two construction phases.
Emperor Maximilian I strongly influenced culture, politics and life in Tyrol, and ordered his unique imperial tomb in Innsbruck. On the deathbed, the Emperor expressed the wish to be buried in St. George's chapel in Wiener Neustadt. Thirty years after Maximilian's death, 28 surviving bronze statues were completed, designed by famous artists such as Albrecht Dürer. Since the statues were not taken to Wiener Neustadt and remained in Innsbruck, they were erected in the court church built between 1553 and 1563.
The Stift Stams is widely visible in the middle Oberinntal on the south side of the Inn about 35 km west of the state capital Innsbruck.
The birth of the Stams beating in 1273. Stams became a major economic center in the region. In the 14th century the Stam Fathers were entrusted with the preservation of the Reichskleinodien for several decades. The 16th century then caused dark shadows to rise above the monastic community: in 1525 there were plunderings in the course of the peasant revolts, but the monastery was devastated in the Schmalkaldic War in 1552. Finally, a fire destroyed 1593 large parts of the monastery complex. Between 1650 and 1750 a lively building activity began, in which, among other things, The two distinctive "ontowers" were erected and the Stiftskirche was converted from Romanesque to baroque style. In 1938, the Stams monastery was occupied by the National Socialist rulers and officially dissolved a year later. In 1945 there was a second new beginning. From 1973 to 1985, the church was fundamentally renovated (including the early Baroque high altar by B. Steindl).
Just a short walk from the town center, you will find one of the most valuable biotopes of Tyrol: the Rosengartenschlucht. On a length of 1.5 km, the Schinderbach is excavated from the Blaues Grotte through the rocky mountains of the Imster Mittelgebirgsterrassen to the Johanneskirche. (Height difference 200 m). For geologists this is reflected in millions of years of the earth's history, but also by those who are less concerned with geology, the beauty of the Rosengarten gorge, its wealth of flowers, animals and stones is astonishing. The most intense experience is the wild-romantic gorge and its wonderful natural phenomena during the guided geological-botanical wanderings every Monday (14.00 - 17.00, free of charge!). But of course you can also "just" relax here
Lake Resia, Churchtower of Graun
5 km after the Reschen Pass, Graun in the Vinschgau, an old church tower stands out from the water ... The Resia Lake and how it came to ...
In 1949/50, the villages of Graun and Reschen in the Upper Vinschgau region were victims of a reckless project. The history of this seascape is almost like a crime thriller - but it is the story of a catastrophe. The Reschensee is more than 6 km long; With its 116 million cubic meters of water, it generates around 250 million kWh of electricity per year. A proud performance of technical progress? The church tower of Altgraun, protruding from the water, reminds us, as it were, of a silent accusation, at which price, which has never been paid for, has been bought here. Here once a flourishing landscape spread, with the picturesque village of Graun. 163 houses in Graun and Reschen and 523 ha of fertile cultivated land fell victim to floods. More than half of the 650 inhabitants of Graun had to move abroad, about 1000 people were affected by the disaster.
Naturns, Kirche St. Prokulus
One of the art treasures in Meran & environs is certainly the St. Prokulus church near Naturno from the 7th century. The small church belongs to the oldest early Christian churches in South Tyrol and you will also find the oldest frescoes and gothic frescoes from the 14th century, found on German-speaking soil. The Prokulus Museum, which was opened in 2006, is also very close to St. Prokulus Church. The museum complex, which is entirely subterranean, makes 1,500 years of history of the people of this region alive. Four-space time stations lead through the epochs of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.
Meran, Tappeiner Weg
The best-known walkway of the city runs along the east-west axis of Passerstadt on the Zenoberg at an average elevation of 380 m. The Tappeinerweg starts at Laurinstraße in Gratsch and ends four kilometers further on Zenobergstraße, which connects the trail with the Gilfpromenade. The wind-sheltered and sunny path is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by alpine, Mediterranean and exotic vegetation which can be practiced in any season and in any weather.
Museum Passeier (Geburtshaus Andreas Hofer)
The Museum Passeier at the Sandhof in St. Leonhard in Passeier near Meran tells the story of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer (1767 - 1810). In the former stable of the Heimathofes Hofers, the films and originals about the Tyrolean uprising and Andreas Hofer are very well illustrated.
It is the largest natural bathing lake in South Tyrol and the warmest Alpine lake (bathing season from May to September). It is about 1.8 km long and 0.9 km wide, which corresponds approximately 155 ha. Its depth measures 4 m and it is 216 m above sea level. The center of Kaltern is about 4 km away. In 2006 the Lake of Caldaro was awarded the second-cleanest lake of Italy by the Italian environmental association Legambiente, after the Sirio Lake in the Piedmontese Ivrea.
Bozen, South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
The Archeology Museum is the new location of "Ötzi", the approximately 5300 year old man from the ice, the mummy of the Similaungletscher. The exhibition space is approximately 1,200 m² and comprises four floors. In the museum the history of South Tyrol from the first beginnings to the early Middle Ages is illustrated by archaeological findings, models, holograms, videos and acoustic impressions. The mummy is located along with the discovery history and the natural sciences in the area devoted to the Bronze Age, on the first floor.
In the air-conditioned showcases also the devices, which together with the man from the ice were found, are exhibited.