Breezy, easy, careless through the Alps
In Nauders on the Austrian-Italian border you start this cycle tour. Quickly you reach the Reschensee near the Etschquelle. From here you cycle comfortably past Glurns, the smallest town in Italy, via Merano and Bolzano to the Council City of Trento with its historic cityscape. Through picturesque vineyards you cycle to Mori. Now, after a short climb of 6 km (90 vertical meters), the Adige Cycle Path takes you to the San Giovani Pass, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of Torbole. Look forward to Lake Garda with overnight stay in Riva (Cat. A) or in the pretty little town of Arco 5 km from Lake Garda (Cat. B).
1. day Nauders/ Austria Arrival
Plan your journey to the Austrian town of Nauders, which is about 80 km southwest of Innsbruck, so you have a little time to stroll through the small town. With only about 1500 inhabitants but 4200 beds Nauders is set in summer as well as in winter on vacationers. Arrive in Nauders and be comfortable and happy. An unguarded parking is included in the tour price. In hotel category A, you stay at the 4-star Hotel Erika or in a comparable 3-star hotel. In hotel category B in the 3-star Hotel Amontanara or an equivalent hotel. On the day of arrival you will be warmly welcomed and receive your rental bikes after the briefing.
2. day Nauders – Schlanders, 49 km
Only a few kilometers you cycle today in Austria, then you pass the border with Italy by bike. A total of 150 meters in altitude you have to master in the morning, then you have reached the pass in Resia. If you want to and do not mind another 50 vertical meters, take a short detour to the Etsch spring. Look forward to your further bike ride along the beautiful Reschensee, from whose water surface the famous church tower in Graun protrudes and animates all cyclists to take photo stop. From the dam you can enjoy the Adige Cycle Path to the fullest, now you cycle downhill to Schlanders. Take a break in Glurns, the smallest town in Italy and stroll through the narrow streets of the village. Quickly and happy you reach Schlanders, the pulsating center of the Vinschgau. Strolling, shopping, tasting and enjoying should be on your afternoon program today. Try old fruit varieties like the Vinschger Apricot or Val Venosta apple, alpine cheese and the delicious Vinschgau bread. You stay in the 4-star Hotel Linde or equivalent (Cat. A) or in the Pension Schweitzer or equivalent (Cat. B).
3. day Schlanders - Meran, 42 km
On beautiful paths you cycle on the Etschtal cycle path through the vast apple orchards of the Vinschgau and through well-kept orchards past Castle Dornsberg to Merano. Enjoy the beautiful city of Merano. The center of the town you reach via quiet paths along the River Passer. You can expect a sophisticated town, architectural diversity, leafy alleys for strolling and shopping, Mediterranean promenades and green parks including an alpine scenery. Overnight in the 3-star Hotel Flora or equivalent (both categories).
4. day Meran - Bozen, 39 km
In the morning you will first cycle for a short distance on side roads and then slightly hilly through a wonderful orchard and wine-growing landscape to Nals, on the famous South Tyrolean wine route. Here you should take a break as the village of Nals is known for its magnificent roses scattered around every corner. Afterwards you cycle on the flat Etschtal cycle path via Andriano to the center of Bolzano. Look forward to the South Tyrolean capital, stroll through the well-known arcades, marvel at the imposing cathedral, visit the famous Ötzi Museum or simply enjoy a Capucchino on Piazza Walther. You stay in the 4-star Hotel Luna Mondschein or equivalent (Cat. A) or in the 4-star Sheraton or equivalent (Cat. B).
5. day Bozen - Trient, 61 km
Shortly after Bolzano you pass the mouth of the Eisack, which flows here as South Tyrol's second largest river into the Adige. At the same time you also approach the German-Italian language border. On beautiful cycle paths you cycle to Neumarkt-Auer. Look forward to the picturesque village, whose old center boasts 500-meter-long arbors, stately homes and magnificent courtyards. Via Salurn, with its imposing waterfall in the back of the village, you cycle to the center of the old council town of Trento, capital of Trentino. Visit the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the former seat of the prince-bishops and the cathedral square with the Cathedral of San Vigilio, consecrated in 1145. Marvel at the Palazzo Pretorio and the Neptune Fountain. In category A you stay at the 4-star Grand Hotel or equivalent, in category B at the 3-star Hotel Sporting Trento or equivalent.
6. day Trient – Lake Garda, 53 km
On the Adige Cycle Path you cycle through picturesque vineyards to Rovereto with its enchanting center and the lonely town of Mori. On a separately bike path you will then master the small San Giovanni Pass and be rewarded with a wonderful view of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy the downhill route to Torbole and Riva / Arco. You stay in category A in the 4-star Grand Hotel Liberty in Riva or equivalent and in category B in the 3-star Hotel Palace Citta, or in the pretty town of Arco 5 km from Lake Garda.
7. day Lake Garda Departure or extention
We recommend you to book our convenient return transfer by minibus for your individual journey home or extend your stay at Lake Garda.
This season your bike tour ends at Lake Garda in (Riva/Arco) to avoid the crisis region of Veneto (even though there are currently hardly any cases in the provinces of South Tyrol and Trento and the mainly German-speaking hotels have introduced excellent hygiene measures).
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.
15.06. – 10.07.2020
07.09. – 10.10.2020
21.05. – 14.06.2020
11.07. – 06.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- unguardet parking at Nauders
- 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
Worth knowing about the tour Etsch bike trail: Nauders – Lake Garda
Please find more information about the Etsch bike trail from Nauders to Lake Garda below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by car
Drive to Landeck (Austria) and leave the A12 onto the B180 in the direction of Prutz / Nauders / Reschenpass. In Austria there is a motorway toll. The vignettes are available at kiosks and petrol stations. They are valid for 10 days, 2 months or all year. The vignette is also valid in the Landeck tunnel (bypass possible). Also mandatory are vests - for every passenger who leaves the car in case of breakdowns or accidents.
Arrival by train
Your destination station is Landeck-Zams. From there you can take the bus or taxi to Nauders at Reschenpass. Up-to-date timetable information and pricing information can be found conveniently at
Parking facilities at the starting hotel
Parking spaces are at the valley station cable car in Nauders. (8-18 o'clock) near bike issue available. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.
Condition of the bike paths
You usually cycle on flat, paved and predominantly off-piste bike paths; with a short climb of 6 km to Lake Garda, you will overcome about 90 meters of altitude on side roads.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21/24-speed gear shift and freewheel. Electric bikes are also bookable on request. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
From Thursday to Monday there is the possibility to return by transfer by minibus to Nauders. The driver comes to your hotel and has space for you, your luggage and possibly your private bike. He drives you back to your starting hotel and thus ensures a perfect return service without the hassle of changing trains or lugging a suitcase. A return journey by train is not possible.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally. The costs for the tourist tax are between 1.00 Euro and 2.50 Euro p. p. / per night.
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 24 hours-round-the-clock 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.
A stroke of luck for the castle ghosts. Thanks to the initiative of one Nauders family, the old Court in Naudersberg Castle was preserved and opened up to visitors
The first mention in the records comes from 1239 as a seat of the Lord of Nauders. From around 1300, the crown prince court had its seat here. Which also led to some building work on the castle.
Resia lake and the church tower in the lake
5 km after the resia pass, Graun in the Vinschgau, an old church tower sticks out of the water ... The resia reservoir and how it came about ...
In 1949/50, the villages of Graun and Resia in the upper Vinschgau were the victims of a reckless congestion project. The history of this lake congestion reads almost like a thriller - but it is the story of a disaster. About 6 km long is the resia lake; With its water volume of 116 million cubic meters, it generates around 250 million kWh of electricity per year. A proud achievement of technical progress? The towering tower of Altgraun in the middle of the water recalls, as a mute indictment, the price at which no price was paid "progress". Once a flourishing landscape spread here, with the picturesque village of Graun. 163 houses in Graun and Resia and 523 hectares of fertile soil were destroyed by the floods. Over half of the 650 inhabitants of Graun had to move abroad, about 1,000 people were affected by the disaster.
The nobles of Tarant (also gentlemen of Torand or Parcines) began in 1217 with the construction of Tarantsberg Castle, which was to become their family seat. In 1232, the name Dorenberch appears. The Ursula chapel was probably built between 1270 and 1280. The castle can not be visited from the inside.
The most well-known promenade of the city runs on the Zenoberg on an average sea level of 380 m along the east-west axis of the Passerstadt. The Tappeinerweg begins in the Laurinstraße in Gratsch and ends four kilometers further in the Zenobergstraße, through which the path is connected to the Gilfpromenade. The wind-sheltered and sunny path is an oasis of peace lined with alpine, Mediterranean and exotic vegetation, which can be celebrated in all seasons and in all weathers.
Bozen, South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum is the new abode of "Ötzi", the approximately 5,500-year-old man from the ice, the mummy of the Similaun glacier. The exhibition area 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 finds, models, holograms, videos and acoustic impressions. The mummy is located on the first floor, along with the history of discovery and the natural sciences in the area dedicated to the bronze age. In the air-conditioned showcases are also the devices that were found together with the man from the ice.
It is the largest natural bathing lake in South Tyrol, which is poor in lakes, and the warmest alpine lake of all (bathing time from early May to September). It is about 1.8 km long and 0.9 km wide, which corresponds to about 155 ha. Its depth is 4 meters and it is 216 meters above sea level. The center of Caldaro is about 4 km away. In 2006, Lake Kaltern was awarded the title of the second-cleanest lake in Italy by the Italian environmental association Legambiente, after Lake Sirio in Piedmont's Ivrea.
Trento, surrounded by a magnificent natural landscape and located at the interface between German and Italian culture, is one of the Italian cities with the highest quality of life. A visit to the historic center of Trento should begin at Piazza Duomo, where the most characteristic combination of ecclesiastical and bourgeois power is characteristic of the city. The German Emperor made Trent early (1027) a prince-bishopric to have free access to Italy, which guaranteed the city power and wealth. Next to Buonvonsiglio Castle are the Cathedral Square with the Cathedral of San Vigilio, the Palazzo Pretorio and the Neptune Fountain, as well as numerous palaces in the historic city center.
Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio
The fortress consists of the 13th century "Castelvecchio" and the 16th century "Magno Palazzo". The formerly two parts were joined together in the 17th century on behalf of Bishop Francesco Alberti-Poja. The entrance gate "Porta dei Diamanti" leads to the castle garden and from there to the Magno Palazzo, where the two rooms "Camera delle Udienze" and "Camera del Camin Nero" are well worth seeing. A bridge leads to the older part of the castle, the Castelvecchio, which impresses with its medieval-looking rooms.
In the tower is the main attraction of the Castello, which, however, can only be admired with a guide. The in the 14.-15. The "fresco cycle of the pictures of the month" spans the entire space and impresses with the diversity of the motives and creativity of the unknown artists.
The Lake Garda region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive natural regions in Europe. The sight of the lake was already worth a detour to Goethe. The mild climate, the lush Mediterranean vegetation and picturesque villages in front of a towering into the sky mountain landscape, which then turns into a gentle, overgrown with wine and olive trees hill country - all this is still the epitome of the romantic Italy, the "land in that the lemons bloom ". The continuously moving glaciers around 10,000 years ago created the largest Italian inland waters. The lake covers an area of 370 km² and is 52 km long and has a width of 4 km in the north, in the south, however, about 17 km.