Antique Etschtal Cycle Path (Etschradweg)
The Etschtal Cycle Path
is the cycle tour through the South Tyrolean Apple orchards par excellence, an absolute highlight for all cycling and apple fans. The trail is 300 km long in total. An 80 km long section runs mostly flat along the ancient Via Claudia Augusta Roman road in South Tyrol, past enchanting apple orchards, biotopes, meadows and, of course, along the course of the Etsch - the longest river in South Tyrol. The 86 km section from Reschensee lake to Meran/Merano is considered particularly attractive. Variety-rich mountain bike tours in the Vinschgau valley
Vinschgau valley is home to South Tyrolean Apple PGI and is also South Tyrol’s mountain biking paradise
. Mountain bikers will find a dense network of excellent trails of varying degrees of difficulty here. The varied trails through forests and apple orchards offer impressive views of the surrounding mountains and apple orchards.
Numerous refreshment stops offer traditional Vinschgau cuisine - in part based on South Tyrolean Apples.
A must for all experienced mountain bikers is the Bike Highline Meran. This well signposted Alpine ridgeway trail leads bikers on varied trails from Alpine pasture to Alpine pasture. Pleasant cycling tours in the south
If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can try out the cycling tours in southern South Tyrol
. This area boasts charming landscapes and numerous places to stop for a bite to eat or a drink. In the footsteps of the South Tyrolean Apple, you can cycle with the entire family from village to village.
These cycle paths lead you through apple orchards to lakes and wineries. Enjoy the mix of culture, nature and indulgence from March to October. Not tired yet?
Some particularly sporty tours take place at the heart of the Algund/Lagundo apple groves near Meran. If you can't get enough of great scenic views, the panorama tour on the Sonnenberg mountain range
in the Mittelvinschgau region is truly a must. It starts above the marble quarry in Laas/Lasa, then extends gently through the apple orchards, slightly uphill to the churchyards where wonderful views of the apple orchards and the Ortler mountain group can be enjoyed. It continues towards Schluderns/Sluderno and Churburg castle, famous far beyond the provincial borders. Here the cycle route joins the perfectly laid out Vinschgau Cycle Path and leads along the Etsch, the largest river in South Tyrol, and then back to Laas.