The road trip route

This page introduces the Via Claudia Augusta road trip route  with a profile and a selection of pictures. Experience the roads once used by the Etruscans, Rhaetians, Celts and Romans during your  trip. Alternatively, go on a long-distance hike along the Via Claudia Augusta. It takes several days, but most people can manage. Traveler  from all continents and of all ages between 5 and 93 have jumped at the opportunity to embark on this unique adventure. 

neutrale Übersichtskarte

Profile of the road trip route Via Claudia Augusta

In 15 B. C., the Romans followed the paths once established by the Etruscans, Rhaetians and Celts to the north and started expanding them into the first fully fledged road through the Alps. Sixty years later, in 45/46 A. D., the epochal structure was completed and named after the reigning Emperor: ‘The Imperial Road of Claudius’. The trans-European road survived the fall of the Roman Empire. Now, its main purpose was to facilitate trade. Countless people from many countries encountered each other’s cultures along the road. The travel route along the Roman road leads you past picturesque national roads and passes through the Alps, from the Danube to Altino near Venice or Ostiglia on the Po river. On the way, you will see a wide range of landscapes, pretty villages, lively towns and many sights and attractions that the road helped shape. More than 200 accommodation facilities cater to travelers on the Via Claudia Augusta. Some even serve a dish that people already ate 2000 years ago along Europe’s cultural axis. 

2 versions: in Trento, the road forks. The Via Claudia Augusta ‘Altinate’ branch runs to Feltre and terminates in Altino near Venice; the Via Claudia Augusta ‘Padana’ branch runs to Verona and terminates in Ostiglia on the Po river. 
Route: approximately 700 km from Donauwörth on the Bavarian Danube across the Alps to Altino near Venice or 650 km from Donauwörth to Ostiglia on the Po river.
Combining the 2 versions: You can travel both versions, ‘Altinate’ and ‘Padana’ in the south of Trento, on the same trip, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Route profile: the route mostly runs along picturesque country roads and romantic mountain paths, offering plenty of panoramic views , tours of the lovely towns and villages en route, and many sights.
Travel resources: printed guidebooks, an interactive map for your individual travel planning needs available on this page, apps helping you navigate your individually planned route and offering information on all sights 
Awards: the Via Claudia Augusta is a part of the German leisure road network (Deutsches Ferienstraßennetz) and Gran Tour Europa.

Übersichtskarte Bayern

Pictures of the Bavarian section of the road trip route

  • Sections 01 - 09

Landscapes: Nördlinger Ries Crater and the Danube > Donauwörth (town) > Lechtal valley and Lech floodplains > Augsburg (city) > Lechfeld > Landsberg am Lech (town) > Fuchstal valley and Lechrain region > Schongau (town) > Pfaffenwinkel region > Aubergland municipalities > Ostallgäu district > Forggensee lake > Füssen > castles of the Allgäu

Luftbild von Goldberg in Donau Ries
Reichsstraße, Donauwörth
Donauspitz, Mündung, Wörnitz, in die Donau, Donauwörth, Via Claudia Augusta, Bayern, Foto Donauwörth
Ehemaliger Standort Submuntorium Burghöfe Druisheim Mertingen Lechtal, Foto Deininger
Augsburg bei Nacht, Maxstraße, Foto Regio Augsburg
Augsburg Rathausplatz, Foto Regio Augsburg, Christine Pemsl
Augsburg Goldener Saal im Rathaus, Foto Regio Augsburg
Historsche Radlergruppe Igling Ammersee, Foto Tschaikner
Landsberg Am Lech, Foto Landsberg
Lorenzberg, Epfach, Denklingen, Foto Tschaikner
Luftbild Altstadt Schongau, Foto Schongau
Bernbeuren Haslacher See Auerbergland, Foto Tschaikner
Der Lech und die berge bei Nacht in Füssen
Radfahrer in Füssen vor den Alpen in Neuschwanstein
Übersichtskarte Tirol

Pictures of the Tyrolean section of the road trip route

  • Sections 10 - 20

Tiroler Lech Nature Park > Vils (small town) > Reutte (market town) > Burgenwelt Ehrenberg (castles) > Plansee and Heiterwanger See lakes > Zwischentoren > Mähberg > Tiroler Zugspitz Arena > Natura 2000 Area: the Fernpass landslide landscape with seven lakes > Gurgltal valley >  Imst (town) > Oberinntal valley > Landeck (town) > Tyrolean Oberland > Kaunertal valley > Graubünden/Grisons (CH) > Nauders on the Reschenpass

Blick Vom Vogelbeobachtungsturm in Lechau, Foto Tschaikner
Burgruine Ehrenberg Morgennebel
Radweg Heiterwang Bichlbach Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Foto Anton Vorauer
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena Panorama
Fernpass Blindsee, Foto Anton Vorauer
Fernsteinsee Schloss Fernpass
Dormitz Nassereith Richtung Fernstein
Kramergasse Imst
Kornburg Imst Schönwies
Schloss Landeck, Foto Albin Niederstrasser
Altfinstermünz Pfunds Nauders Reschenpass, Foto Lammerhuber
Nauders am Reschenpass von Oben, Foto Manuel Baldauf
Tourenradfahrer Tourenradler Vor Heimatmuseum Im Grünes Haus
Übersichtskarte Etschtal, Reschenpass bis Trento

The Etschtal valley between the Reschenpass and Trento (South Tyrol, Trentino):

  • Sections 20 - 31

Reschenpass, Reschensee and Haidersee lakes > Mals/Malles heath > Upper Vinschgau valley > Sonnenberg mountain > Lower Vinschgau valley > Töll/Tel > Meraner Land > Burggrafenamt > the provincial capital of Bolzano/Bozen > South Tyrolean Wine Road > Kalterer See lake > Castelfeder > Salurner Klause > Piana Rotaliana > Val di Cembra and the Pinè plateau > Trento, Monte Bondone and Valle dei Laghi

Reschenpass
Vinschgau Malser Haide
Vinschgau Schluderns Churburg
Vinschgau Abend Fußgängerzone Schlanders
Vinschgau Kastelbell Radfahrer
Sonnenhang Zwischen Naturns Und Partschins
Marling Berge Äpfel
Burg Lana
Bozen Laubengasse, Foto: Tourismusverein Bozen
Bozen Museion Fassade Brücke
Kaltern Wein See
Castelfeder
Mezzolombardo historisches Zentrum aus der Luft
Piana Rotalina von oben
Trento
Unterirdisches Tridentum Zotta
Übersichtskarte Altinate Trento Feltre Altino

The ‘Altinate’ version of the Via Claudia Augusta from Trento to Feltre and Altino near Venice (Trentino, Veneto)

  • Sections 31a(ltinate)–41a(ltinate)

Ecomuseo Argentario > Val di Cembra and Pinè > Upper Valsugana > Media Valsugana > Val di Sella > Bassa Valsugana  > Tesino Plateau > Senaiga Valley > Lamon and Sovramonte  at the gateway to the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park > Feltrino > Feltre (town) > Valbelluna > Praderadego Pass > Strada del Prosecco > Alta Marca > Montello and the hills of Asolo > the right shore of the Piave river > the provincial capital of Treviso > Sile Nature Park > Venice Lagoon > Jesolo (spa town) > the regional capital of Venice and Mestre

Alta Valsugana, Laghi Seen
Castello Tesino Via Claudia Augusta
Ponte Romano Lamon
Lamon Chiesa Kirche San Pietro
Vor den Dolomiten Parcon Nazionale Dolomiti
Feltre vor den Alpen
Feltre Piazza Maggiore Rad Bici
Piazza Maggiore
Feltreteatrolasena
Feltre Area Archeologica Citta Romana
Cesiomaggiore Dal Ovest
Piave Regenstimmung Pieno Di Acqua
Prosecco Weinstraße Veneto Altamarca
Villa Veneta Villorba Veneto
Chiostro Seminario Vescovile Treviso
Castello Di Roncade
Laguna Di Venezia
Canal Grande Chiesa Della Salute E Dogana Dal Ponte Dell Accademiay
Übersichtskarte Padana Trento Verona Ostiglia Po

The ‘Padana’ version of the Via Claudia Augusta from Trento to Feltre and Ostiglia on the Po river (Veneto, Lombardia)

  • Sections 31p(adana)–39p(adana)

Northern Vallagarina > Rovereto > southern Vallagarina > Monte Bondone > Lago di Garda > Valpolicella > the provincial capital of Verona > Pianura Padana > Ostiglia > Po > Padovano > Oltre Po

 Castello Beseno Vallagarina Etschtal Valle Del Adige Trentino
Castello di Castellano Vallagarina Etschtal Valle del Adige Trentino
Panorama Rovereto
Rovereto Foto Trentino
Castello Avio Vallagarina Trentino
Dino Spuren Wand
Rivoli Veronese Verona Monte Bald
Rivoli Veronese Forte Wohlgemuth
Fumane Villa Della Torre Cazzola
Olivi In Valpolicella
Pieve San Giorgio Grande
Ponte Pietra Romana Verona
Sonnenuntergang über Arena
Isola Della Scala
Villafranca Castello Poebene Pianura
Po Ostiglia Lombardia Mantova
Ostiglia Stadt Lombardia Mantova

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