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South Tyrol summer in the saddle

Not everybody likes the notion of holiday spent on the beach. For those who prefer a more active holiday in the saddle of a mountain or road bike, the perfect South Tyrol is the ideal.

The most northerly Italian region is interwoven with six hundred kilometers of quality bicycle trails - those in the valley have been particularly fond of families with children, the mountain then the more experienced and professional, and the demanding trails and singletracs for adrenaline lovers. All in breathtaking nature and under the sun.

From here you can choose from a wide range of cycling routes. The paths lead through scenic valleys, fruit orchards and vineyards and mountain huts. The more you let go, the more challenging the challenge awaits. The cycle track system is complemented by a local railway track, which is designed for cyclists over the summer, which can reduce long crossings.

Via Claudia Augusta

At the commencement of Emperor Drasus, the construction of a road linking the south of the Apennine peninsula with the North and Europe began in 15 BC. The journey through the Alps was completed in the year 47 AD. And right now he is copying the Via Claudia Augusta cycle track. It is one of the most popular tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Its south-Tyrol section is approximately 80 km long and runs through the scenic Etschtal valley and the historic villages around the famous Raschensee and Haidersee lakes, fruit orchards, many castles, castles and churches. Good subsoil of the road, which is paved, gravel or asphalt, promises a pleasant ride. A great starting point for this route is the Falatschhof Farm, located in its vicinity, in Glurns. The farm is hidden in the middle of orchards, far from any hustle and bustle. Guests can also rent bicycles free of charge.

Along the Drava River

One of the most modern routes leads from Italian Innichen to Austrian Lienze. This 44 km long route can be extended and started in Niederhof or Toblach. Even this trail is ideal for families with children or not very experienced riders. It is wide, asphalted and with numerous rest areas. The height difference is only 55 meters and leads through the valley of Pustertal, famous for its beautiful landscape.

Panoramas of Sieser Alm

The largest European Alpine pasture leads a 28 km long cycle path where riders enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Dolomites. The journey begins in the village of St. Cristina and continues to St. Ulrich / Ortisei, from where the cable car to Sieser Alm runs. After the plateau, the riders will get back to the starting point via Monte Pana. Overlooking the roof, delicious home-made products and free bike rentals, the Tiscian farmhouse is located in the village of St. Louis. Ulrich.

Sella Ronda - a challenge for every passionate and experienced cyclist

Just as the Sella mountain massif can ski in winter, it is possible to ride it in the summer. The options are different, you can choose between roads, gravel roads and singletracks, or use the lifts. The route is about 51 km long with a height difference of 1,749 m. The riders have to cross four mountain seats, Passo Gardena (2,121), Passo Campolongo (1,875), Passo Pordoi (2,239) and Passo Stella (2,100) Departs from the valleys lying roughly at 1,600 meters above sea level. The circuit is famous among riders, and there are several cycling races such as the Sella Ronda Bike Day and the Sella Ronda Hero, which is 80 km long and one of the toughest in Europe.

Adrenalin singletracky

These extreme descents are becoming more and more popular, and so many are developing on slopes of slopes. On Plose you can take a 6.6 km long trail leading from the top station of the cable car at an altitude of 2,050 m to the lower one at 1,067 m. In the resort, you can borrow both a bicycle and all the equipment for a medium-hard towing route. The deluxe Herrnsteig freeride trail is Kronplatz's singletrack. It is 8 km long, with an elevation of 1300 m. It is full of sharp turns, jumps, drops and lap climbers. If you prefer a more traditional form of accommodation in front of fabulous hotels, Brunecko, located near Kronplatz, is represented by the Association of South Tyrol Farms. Here you will find the farmhouse Christlrumerhof, whose owner himself loves to accompany his guests on cycling trips in the mountains.

Source: tz Roter Hahn, edited editorially

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