Twice as recommendable

Extensive cycling tours along the Eisack river

This bike route through the Isarco Valley is a pleasure tour that offers idyllic scenery. Rolling hills, small towns and cultural treasures line this well-marked bike route, which leads from Brennero to South Tyrol’s capital city of Bolzano.

The Brennero/Brenner–Bolzano/Bozen Bike Route starts at the Brenner Pass and runs along the former railway line, which is at a slight downhill grade, to Vipiteno/Sterzing. The marked bike path then continues, partly flat and with a light ascent, through picturesque villages and small hamlets up to Franzensfeste Fortress, past Lake Vahrn, and along the Kastanienweg (Chestnut) Trail towards Novacella/Neustift Abbey and then continuing on towards Bressanone/Brixen. The section from Bressanone to Bolzano is again a brisk ride through the narrow Isarco Valley, with a stopover in the little artists’ town of Chiusa/Klausen, known for its imposing hilltop Säben Abbey. From there, the route continues to the capital city of Bolzano. The Brennero/Brenner–Bolzano/Bozen Bike Route runs a total length of 96 kilometers from Brennero to Bolzano.

Leg 1: Brennero/Brenner Pass to Bressanone/Brixen
Stops: Brennero border crossing – Colle Isarco/Gossensass – Vipiteno/Sterzing – Thumburg – Castel Tasso/Burg Reifenstein – Stilves/Stilfes – Mittenwald – Fortezza/Franzensfeste – Lago di Varna/Vahrner See – Varna/Vahrn – Bressanone/Brixen
Distance: 54 km

Total elevation gain/loss: 115 meters uphill, 905 meters downhill

Actual biking time: 2.5 hours

Estimated duration of tour: 4.5 hours

Medium to challenging level of difficulty; good physical condition necessary

Leg 2: Bressanone/Brixen to Bolzano/Bozen
Stops: Bressanone/Brixen – Albes/Albeins – Chiusa/Klausen – Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck – Colma/Kollmann – Campodazzo/Atzwang – Prato all’Isarco/Blumau – Cardano/Kardaun – Bolzano/Bozen

Distance: 42 km

Total elevation gain/loss: 80 meters uphill, 580 meters downhill

Actual biking time: 2.5 hours

Estimated duration of tour: 4.5 hours

Easy to intermediate level to difficulty; suitable for families and recreational cyclists
In Brixen, you are directly linked to the South Tyrolean cycling network. You can cycle along the Eisack river, through meadows and orchards and make your way all around South Tyrol if you wish. The cycling network stretches from the Brenner Pass through the Puster Valley and across the border to the Austrian town of Lienz, then onto Bozen and from there towards the South or the West of South Tyrol. Your way home should be easy no matter where you cycle to, as there are special tickets available to use the train or bus.