MTB in South Tyrol: the most stunning tours in Merano/Meran
Travelling by MTB in South Tyrol
Would you like to explore South Tyrol’s most stunning tours by MTB or the cycle paths in Merano and Environs by bike? You’re in just the right place here if you want to explore Merano/Meran and South Tyrol on two wheels. Be it challenging MTB tours in South Tyrol or cycling leisurely through orchards, Lagundo/Algund, Merano/Meran and the surrounding area provide countless opportunities to reach South Tyrol’s most beautiful places by bike or MTB. Here are a few suggestions for cycling and MTB tours in South Tyrol and particularly in Merano/Meran.
MTB tours in Merano/Meran in South Tyrol
To the Malga Naturno/Naturnser Alm in South Tyrol by mountain bike
Starting from our apartment in South Tyrol you cycle to the outdoor pool in Lagundo/Algund and take the cycle path as far as Naturno/Naturns. The climb up the Monte Tramontana/Nörderberg in Naturno/Naturns starts at the sports ground. You then get onto the forest road. You cycle past several farms and the Kreuzbrünnl car park, and continue by MTB as far as the Malga Naturno/Naturnser Alm in South Tyrol. Just behind the farm you take the somewhat steep trail on the right up to Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch. From there you can return via the forest trail towards Rio Lagundo/Aschbach and then continue on the tarmac road to Tel/Töll and Lagundo/Algund. You should reckon on about six hours for this MTB tour in South Tyrol.
From Lagundo/Algund to Castel Torre/Schloss Thurnstein and Tirolo/Dorf Tirol
Starting out from our holiday apartment in South Tyrol you take the Rosengartenstraße to Quarazze/Gratsch. You get onto the Via Laurin/Laurinstraße and follow this as far as Castel Torre/Schloss Thurnstein. There you continue towards San Pietro/St. Peter and Castel Tirolo/Schloss Tirol. You can reach Tirolo/Dorf Tirol in South Tyrol by MTB with no problems via the castle trail. If you continue in the direction of Merano/Meran and turn off at Gnaidweg, you get back to the starting point again via Laurinstraße and Rosengartenstraße. This easy MTB tour in South Tyrol takes approximately one and half to two hours.
From Lagundo/Algund to the Quadrathöfe farms and Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch in South Tyrol
Cycle on the cycle path as far as the Adige/Etsch bridge. Turn left here and a really steep road will take you as far as Niederhof, Gasthaus Brünnl and to Gora/Mahlbach. From here a forest road continues towards Rio Lagundo/Aschbach up to the Rasun/Rasen summit cross situated at 1,416 metres. Turn left on to the South Tyrol Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch road and you will reach the Gasthof Seespitz. You continue and turn off to the right onto the forest road below Gasthof Jocher. The descent towards Rio Lagundo/Aschbach starts there. Finally you head back in the direction of Lagundo/Algund on the cycle path. You need three hours in total for this MTB tour in South Tyrol.
Cycle paths in Merano and Environs
Via Claudia Augusta – along the old Roman road
The Via Claudia Augusta is a road from ancient Roman times. It leads from Augsburg through Merano and Environs as far as Venice. The cycle path and hiking trail covers more than 700 kilometres in total. The path has sections that can also be done easily with children. You can also find challenging stretches, which you have to do by MTB. You can find a very versatile section of the Via Claudia Augusta in South Tyrol from Passo di Resia/Reschenpass to Lagundo/Algund and Merano/Meran. You pass lakes, castles and fortresses through fields and forests.
Cycle path into Val Passiria/Passeiertal
This cycle path leads 20 kilometres from Lagundo/Algund to Merano/Meran into Val Passiria/Passeiertal. At Thermenplatz in Merano/Meran you cycle to Elisabeth Park and along the right river bank to Maia Alta/Obermais. Here you change to the cycle path into Val Passiria/Passeiertal, which is tarmacked first of all and then changes into a gravel path. During the ride you have a stunning view over the villages of Scena/Schenna, Tirolo/Dorf Tirol, Caines/Kuens and Rifiano/Riffian. The final destination of this cycle path is San Leonardo/St. Leonhard in Passiria/Passeier.
Through South Tyrol by train and MTB
During your MTB holiday in South Tyrol you can hire a bike or MTB all over South Tyrol using the bikemobil Card and have unlimited use of all public transport throughout the region. The hire bikes can be found at the hire outlets at train stations and in several branches marked “Südtirol Rad”. The bikemobil Card is available as a day card, 3-day card and 7-day card.