detailed route description of the ‘Padana’ cycling route (from Trento to Verona and Ostiglia)

Bike Rad Arena Verona Via Claudia Augusta Verneto Foto Nils Voegele Rgb Web

The content menu at the start of the route description allows you to jump directly to the various sub-sections. You can also use the navigation elements at the end of each section to switch between the two variations of the cycling route, ‘Altinate’ and ‘Padana’. You can use the detailed  route description for reference during your  cycling tour alongside the cycling maps available  for download.  Alternatively, you can download offline navigation apps for your iPhone or Android or simply take a printed guidebook with you.

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Donauwörth in Donau-Ries, the starting point of the first road across the Alps

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The Via Claudia Augusta starts in the town of Donauwörth. This has two reasons: the Danube, which allowed the Romans to transport heavy goods, and the northern border of the Roman Empire, which was located here before and after the first retreat of the Roman Empire from the Germanic tribes. The northernmost part of the Roman road runs through the modern district of Donau-Ries, which nearly reaches the Limes in the north. Apart from the Danube, the area is characterized by the Ries crater. It has a diameter of 25 kilometers and was created by a meteorite 14.5 million years ago. The name ‘Ries’ is said to be derived from the Roman province of Rhaetia. Donauwörth, the town where the Roman road ends, did not exist during Roman times. Instead, the area was frequently flooded by five rivers whose confluence lies in the Donauwörth region: the Danube, Wörnitz, Zusam, Schmutter and  Lech. The town began as a  fishermen’s settlement on the island of Ried in the Wörnitz river. Today, most of the old town is located to the north of the river. It offers one of Germany’s most beautiful streets, the Reichsstraße.

Donauspitz, Mündung, Wörnitz, in die Donau, Donauwörth, Via Claudia Augusta, Bayern, Foto Donauwörth
Der Frühling in Donauwörth
Foto von einer Staudammmauer in Donauwörth
Reichsstraße in Donauwörth, Foto von Lois Lammerhuber
Donauwörth, Frühling, Zusammenfluss
Luftbild von Goldberg in Donau Ries
Dorf mit Burg in Huisheim, Donau Ries
Foto von Radfahrern in Donau Ries
Arrival recommendation

We recommend that you cycle to Donauwörth, which is well connected to the international network of cycling paths. Alternatively, take a train to the Donauwörth intercity railway station. If you are arriving by car, you can leave your car at the parking lot on Neue Obermayerstraße while you explore the area by bike. Consider arriving a day early so that you can start your cycling tour well rested and see a little of this lovely town before you set out. If you are missing any bicycle equipment, there are two well-stocked specialist shops in town: Uhl and Brachem.

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From the railway station, the route takes you across the island of Ried, where the first settlements of Donauwörth were established. You then reach the modern town center with the beautiful Reichsstraße street. Drop into the tourist information office if you still need any guides, maps or other paperwork, then continue across the Danube and southwards.

Returning to Donauwörth after your cycling tour

To head back to Donauwörth after your tour, you can take the cycle shuttle. Bookings are available at www.viaclaudia.org. Link

Information is available from

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

If you have specific questions about the town of Donauwörth, in particular, contact the

municipal tourist information office of Donauwörth
https://www.donauwoerth.de/tourismus/
Rathausgasse 1
tourist-info@donauwoerth.de
0049 906 78 91 51

For specific questions about the region, contact

the Donau-Ries tourist board
www.ferienland-donau-ries.de
info@ferienland-donau-ries.de
0049 906 74 211

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From Submuntorium to Gersthofen through the Lechtal valley.

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In Roman times, there were already settlements in the estuary region of the rivers Wörnitz, Schmutter and Lech and in the part of the Lechtal valley bordering Augsburg. The inconspicuous little hill between Mertingen and Druisheim was the site of Submuntorium-Burghöfe, a Roman fortress complex. Another military site is said to have stood in Langweid am Lech. The towns up to Drusheim are still part of the district of Donau-Ries. Beyond Drusheim, the district of Augsburg begins. Its largest towns are Meitingen, which gained market privileges in 1989, and Gersthofen, which became a town in 1969. The Roman road follows the Lech towards Augsburg. In some parts, it is still a road. In others, it is a dam on the ground. Most of it is covered by the national road number 2 today. The Roman road runs past the floodplains of the Lech river, which separates the district of Augsburg from the Wittelsbacher Land.

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Ehemaliger Standort Submuntorium Burghöfe Druisheim Mertingen Lechtal, Foto Deininger
Kloster Holzen Allmannshofen im Lechtal, Foto Kloster Holzen Hotel GmbH
Merkurheiligtum Gersthofen Lechtal, Foto Deibler
Merkurheiligtum mit Leuten Gersthofen Lechtal, Foto Deibler
Ballonmuseum Gersthofen Lechtal, Foto Gersthofen
Bürger von Meitingen
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Before you really get going, consider taking a little detour to see the confluence of the Zusam and Danube. This used to be the end point of the old Roman road. Today, a reproduction of an ancient milestone reminds passers-by of this significant spot. Afterwards, the cycling route takes you southwards through meadows, fields and pretty villages. Between Mertingen and Druisheim, you will find a notice board telling you about Submuntorium, the Roman fortress which used to stand here. In Ostendorf, the route crosses the Lech river to guide you through the floodplains of the Lech. The section between Stettenhofen and Gersthofen largely follows the original route of the Roman road along the left side of the river. It then continues towards Augsburg along the right-hand riverbank.

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Augsburg: the Roman provincial capital of Augusta Vindelicum

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After the Alpine Campaign in 15 B. C., Emperor Augustus’ adoptive sons, Drusus and Tiberius, established a military camp in Oberhausen, a northern district. The camp was the foundation of Augusta Vindelicum, the later capital of the province of Rhaetia. Augsburg is probably Germany’s second oldest city. It was most certainly one of the largest Roman towns north of the Alps. Spanning more than 25 ha, the settlement had up to 15,000 inhabitants in its heyday and offered them everything they would have expected from a Roman provincial capital: a temple, market hall, governor’s palace, theater, spas ... All townhouses had running water. The Via Claudia Augusta passed the town to the west. In the central area between the town hall and the Mercury fountain, it is identical to the historical main road through the old town. Augsburg rose to even greater significance in the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era, when the rich Fugger family established their global business empire from here. Later, the prince-bishops of Augsburg reigned over a vast expanse of land that stretched all the way to Tyrol.

Augsburg bei Nacht, Maxstraße, Foto Regio Augsburg
Augsburg Goldener Saal im Rathaus, Foto Regio Augsburg
Römermauer in Augsburg, archäologische Nischen, Dom, Foto Regio Augsburg
Augsburg Rathausplatz, Foto Regio Augsburg, Christine Pemsl
Radfahrer in der Fuggerei, Foto Regio Augsburg
Augsburg im 14. Jhd
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In Augsburg, you can either follow the Lech or cross the MAN bridge in the north to take in the city itself. Augsburg used to be the provincial capital during Roman times and the home of the rich and influential Fugger family. Much of the route across the city follows the original Roman road: it leads past the Cathedral of Augsburg (which has a corner dedicated to local archaeological findings), across the Rathausplatz square with the Augustusbrunnen (a 16th-century fountain with a statue of Emperor Augustus), and the grand Maximilianstraße boulevard with its two fountains depicting Mercury and Hercules, respectively. The Basilica of SS. Ulrich and Afra and the Fugger houses are also situated on Maximilianstraße. Continue little further to the east and you will see the Fuggerei, the world’s first social housing complex. The route now takes you past the botanics and back to the Lech river, where its two branches reunite. Head south through the Siebentischwald forest.

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Through Augsburg’s Lechfeld towards Landsberg am Lech

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The Lechfeld is a strikingly flat gravel plain that gained tragic fame after the Battle of Lechfeld against Hungary in 955. There were already settlements here in Roman times. Historians believe that the Roman road station Ad Novas, marked on the ancient road map Tabula Peutingeriana, was located in Igling. Another fortress from the Late Roman Empire is believed to have stood in Untermeitingen. In the south, Augsburg borders the relatively new town of Königsbrunn, where you can visit a Temple of Mithras. Recent settlement of the area only occurred in the early 19th century. Like the towns up to Obermeitingen, Königsbrunn is part of the district of Augsburg. It borders the district of Landsberg am Lech to the south. From the Lechfeld, you can clearly see long sections of the Roman road, which runs steadily towards the Alps. The hiking route takes you through picturesque towns along the old country road. Graben is the home town of Hans Fugger.

Mercateum Königsbrunn Lechfeld Augsburger Land, Foto Königsbrunn
Mythräeum Heiligtum Lechfeld Augsburger Land, Foto Tschaikner
Historsche Radlergruppe Igling Ammersee, Foto Tschaikner
Schloss Igling Landkreis Landsberg, Foto Tschaikner
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From Augsburg, the route takes you through the Siebentischwald forest to Königsbrunn, where the famous Battle of Lechfeld took place in 910. Visit the Mercateum to see the Tabula Peutingeriana, a Roman street map, then head to the Temple of Mithras in the cemetery. Leaving the city, you will cross the highway before following one of the longest sections of the perfectly straight, original route of the Roman road. Cycle through meadows, fields and pretty villages towards Landsberg am Lech.

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Landsberg am Lech A bridge to the Via Claudia Augusta

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The important salt road from Reichenhall to Munich crossed the Via Claudia Augusta here on its way to Switzerland. Duke Henry the Lion moved it a little way to the south from Kaufering in 1158. During that project, he had a bridge built and expanded the existing castle to protect it. The new complex was called the Castrum Landespurch. Nestled between the Lech and its high banks and overlooked by the castle, a settlement sprang up and grew rapidly. It would become the town of Landsberg in the 13th century. Today, the town to the west of the Lech is considerably larger, and its modern urban area dates back to the 19th century. The Via Claudia Augusta crossed some of the municipality westwards. Just like the river, it played an important role in the economic development of the town. The medieval old town is only accessible via the bridge over the Lech or its gates. It still retains some of its repeatedly expanded medieval walls. A recently redesigned main square is the town’s greatest attraction.

Landsberg Am Lech, Foto Landsberg
Hauptplatz Landsberg Am Lech, Foto Landsberg
Landsberg Am Lech Mutterturm, Foto Landsberg
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In Landsberg am Lech, you have two options. Either follow the cycling route through the villages to the west of the city, largely following the Roman road, or take a detour through the old town. The second option initially crosses the west of the city, which began to develop in the 19th century. The bridge taking you to the medieval old town is located exactly where the old bridge of the salt road used to be. On the other side of the Lech, you will see the picturesque main square of the city with the old town hall and the Schmalzturm tower, through which the salt road entered the old town. Merge with the cycling route again and cross the old salt road. In the Middle Ages, it connected the city with the medieval successor of the Via Claudia Augusta.

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Fuchstal & Lechrain: from Landsberg am Lech to Schongau

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Between Landsberg and Schongau, the route leads crosses the Fuchstal valley to Epfach, the Roman Abodiacum before following the high banks of the Lech to Kinsau, Hohenfurch and Altenstadt, the mother parish of Schongau. Fuchstal is the valley of the Wiesbach river, a tributary of the Lech. It sits between the high banks of the Lech and a forested ridge to the west, next to the towns of Unterdießen, Asch, Leeder and Denklingen. ‘Fuchs’ is German for ‘fox’: the valley is said to be named for the brown color of its fields in fall. Just before Hohenfurch in the district of Weilheim-Schongau, you will climb the first hills since Donau-Ries. The villages in this section are particularly pretty and traditional. History enthusiasts will doubtlessly enjoy a visit to the site of the former Roman fortress of Abodiacum on the Lorenzberg, situated on a peninsula in the riverbend near Epfach.

Unterdiessen, Blick Zum Schluss, Fuchstal, Foto Underdiessen
Maluramuseum, Unterdiessen, Fuchstal, Foto Maluramuseum
Denklingen Landsberg Fuchstal, Foto Tschaikner
Lech bei Epfach, Denklingen, Fuchstal, Foto Tschaikner
Lorenzberg, Epfach, Denklingen, Foto Tschaikner
Römisches Museum Epfach, Kastell Abodiacum, Foto Tschaikner
Claudius Paternus Clementianus, Epfach, Denklingen, Foto Tschaikner
Lechschleife Epfach Denklingen, Foto Tschaikner
Kinsau, Lechrain, Lechhochufer, Ammersee, Foto Kinsau
Lech Erlebnisweg, Hohenfurch, Kinsau, Foto Hohenfurch
Hohenfurch Auerberland Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Hohenfurch
Schönach, Hohenfurch, Auerbergland, Foto Hohenfurch
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After you leave Landsberg, the cycling route departs from the old Roman road to traverse the picturesque villages of the Fuchstal valley: Oberdießen, Unterdießen, Asch, Leder and Denklingen. It then leads back to the Roman road, which traces the beautiful high banks of the Lech until Kinsau. There used to be a Roman fort on the Lorenzberg, a hill that is now home to the Lorenzkirche (Church of St. Laurence) in Epfach. A little Roman museum shows you what it looked like. Having left Kinsau, the route continues to follow the Roman road through Hochenfurch and Schwabniederhofen before reaching Altenstadt, the original parish of Schongau.

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Schongau & Peiting An important crossroads

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During Roman times, another Roman road crossed the Alps via Garmisch and the Brennerpass. It was also called the Via Claudia, but it was not yet ‘Augusta’ (=imperial). In the Middle Ages, the roads that remained in use were dubbed the Upper Road and Lower Road. Their crossroads was an excellent spot to do business during Roman times and beyond. In Peiting to the east of the Lech, a Villa Rustica documents the outstanding domestic culture of the Romans. The town of Schongau, which was moved to the safer hill from its mother parish of Altenstadt in the 13th century, also flourished thanks to the nearby traffic hub. In 1331, the town was even granted the right to mint and issue its own coins. The old town has retained its entire town walls and can only be accessed through its gates. A large number of religious buildings also bear testimony to wealth of this region, which is called Pfaffenwinkel. Schongau and Peiting are considered its gateway. Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church is its best-known sacred building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Radler in Tracht Schongau
Altenstadt, Basilika, Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Tschaikner
Luftbild Altstadt Schongau, Foto Schongau
Schongau Stadtmauer, Maxtor, Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Schongau
Schongau, Gaukler, Ballenhaus, Lechrain
Peiting Panorama, Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Peiting
Peitinger Villa Rustica, Frühling, Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Peitinger Villa Rustica
Villa Peiting Hypocausten Ausgrabung Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Peitinger Villa Rustica
Wieskirche, Pfaffenwinkel, Weilheim, Foto Via Claudia Augusta
Wieskirche Orgel, Pfaffenwinkel, Weilheim, Foto Wikimedia Mtag
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Just before you reach Altenstadt, you are once again faced with a decision: either visit the medieval old town of Schongau and the Villa Rustica in Peiting or trace the Roman road through Altenstadt. In the town of Altenstadt, you can see a reconstructed section of the Roman road and the Romanesque domed basilica. Now, cycle along the outskirts of Schonau towards Burggen.

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The Auerbergland: lands around a foothill that has seen settlements for millennia

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The municipalities in the Alpine foothills around the Auerberg initiated the initiative to revive the entire length of the Via Claudia Augusta. In this region, the Auerbergland, there are particularly many visible sections of the old Roman road. Its inhabitants have come up with many interesting ways of drawing attention to this important part of their heritage. There are quite a few historical highlights here: the site of millennia-old settlements around the Auerberg, the rafters’ village of Lechbruck am See, the Bavarian Via Claudia Augusta info center, and the Forggensee boat tour that follows the Roman road are well worth your time. Verdant hills and forests punctuated by lakes and set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop make the region a nature lover’s paradise. Its pretty holiday destinations have retained their authentic village atmosphere. The Roman road mostly followed the Lech through the Auerbergland. Some parts crossed the river in the area where it was dammed to create the Forggensee lake.

Auerbergland
Bernbeuren Haslacher See Auerbergland, Foto Tschaikner
Burggen Bauernhof Baum St Anna Strasse Pfaffenwinkel, Foto Via Claudia Augusta
Kirche, Auerberg, Bernbeuren, Foto Anton Vorauer
Lechfloss, Lechbruck Am See, Ostallgäu, Foto Tschaikner
Rosshaupten, Pfannerhaus, Dokumentationszentrum, Foto Via Claudia Augusta
Forggensee, Schiff, Meilenstein, Tiefental, Rieden Am Forggensee, Ostallgäu, Foto Lois Lammerhuber
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After Schongau, the cycling route leads through the hills of the Allgäu region: verdant forests and lush pastures, richly punctuated by lakes and ponds. This may well be the section of the route that follows the original Roman road for the greatest distance. It first takes you to Burggen, where you can see the St.-Anna-Straße, a listed street lined with typical, regional farmhouses. The next village is Lechbruck am See, a rafters’ village. Consider visiting the Auerberg and Bernbeuren with its Auerberg museum en route. On your way to Rosshaupten, you will pass many ponds, the Sameister-Kapelle chapel, a picturesque rest spot on a hill (featuring a much-photographed replica of a Roman milestone) and the Via Claudia Augusta Kunstpark (an open-air exhibition). Do not miss the Bavarian Via Claudia Augusta documentation center in Rosshaupten. From Rosshaupten, the cycling route follows the shore of the Forggensee reservoir until Rieden, where you can enjoy a ‘Roman beach’. Here, the original road is buried on the bottom of the reservoir. It becomes visible whenever the water level is low.

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Füssen & Schwangau: the royal beauty of Allgäu

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The beautiful stretch of land where the Lech exits the Alps has been inhabited since Roman times.  A Roman fortress used to stand on the Füssen’s castle hill. The Via Claudia Augusta passed beneath it. The Reichenstraße, the modern promenade in the old town, corresponds exactly to the route of the Roman road. At the valley station of the Tegelberg Cable Car, remnants of a private spa from a Villa Rustica grant us a glimpse into upper-class domestic life during the Roman Empire. The foundation of medieval Füssen and its long violin-making tradition date back to Saint Magnus of Füssen, who settled here as a religious hermit in the 8th century. In the 9th century, a Benedictine monastery was founded on the spot where his cell used to stand and named after him: St. Mang’s Abbey. Later, the people of Wittelsbach and Ludwig II of Bavaria discovered the spectacular natural landscape of the Alpine foothills, and the latter decided to build his fairytale castles here. You are standing in Schwangau, where guests of the Königliche Kristall-Therme spa get to unwind and let themselves be pampered just like the Romans used to do.

Radfahrer vor den Alpen
Der Lech und die berge bei Nacht in Füssen
Rathaus, Klosterhof, Museum, Foto Tschaikner
Reichenstraße, Fußgängerzone, Füsse, Foto Tschaikner
Schwangau, Kristalltherme
Römerbad, Foto Schwangau
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Initially, the route continues to run along the shore of the Forggensee reservoir. You are constantly treated to spectacular views of Neuschwanstein Castle and the city. The first landmark you will spot in Füssen is ‘Ludwig’s Festspielhaus’, a musical theater. Up until the tourist information office, you will be cycling along the old Roman road. From there, push your bike - on the original route - through the old town. The Reichenstraße is a pedestrian area today. Look up and you will see the High Castle of Füssen towering above the town. The actual cycling route runs around the west of the town center.  At the bridge over the Lech river, you can take a detour to Schwangau and the famous royal castles of the region. Alternatively, you can head straight to Pinswang in Tyrol along the partially graveled ‘Fürstenweg’ road. After crossing the bicycle bridge in Füssen, the route follows the Lech before taking you Tyrol along a beautiful country road.

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100 AD

Gateway to the Alps

The Roman road entered the Alps as if through a gateway. As the Lech often occupied the entire valley, it already had to overcome two elevations up to the Reutte valley basin – between Stiglberg and Kratzer and at the Kniepass. The route of the Roman road remained in use until 1784 and the modern road still crosses the Kniepass today. Before climbing to Ehrenberg, the Via Claudia Augusta passed through the municipality of Breitenwang, where a road station (mansio) and the fifirst small settlement in the valley basin are thought to have been located. Reutte developed at a later stage – on the salt road. Breitenwang still remains the district’s ecclesiastic centre today.


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Reutte flourishes

With its extensive floodplains, the Lech also shaped the valley basin back in 1504 that depended significantly for its livelihood on the salt road between Hall in Tirol and the Lake Constance area. A bridge was built in 1464 between Lechaschau and Reutte that replaced the Lech ford near Höfen. With its salt depot and numerous roadside inns, Reutte grew into the centre of the Ausserfern district and in 1489 it was granted market rights by Sigesmund “the Rich”. Ehrenberg Castle throned above the valley. A wall blocked the gorge and all traffic had to pass through the customs station gate. There was an ironworks near Pflach. Vils, not yet part of Tyrol, was a town since 1327 and enclosed by a wall with two gates in the north and south.


1780

strongly fortified

Numerous fortifications in the border area between Bavaria and Tyrol shaped the area around 1780. In addition to the dam at Ehrenberg that had grown around two further fortresses, there were several outer fortresses. The market town of Reutte at their feet already had around 1,000 inhabitants and several new roads were completed. The road from Reutte via Vils to Kempten now passed by the walled city to the south, while that from Füssen to Pinswang went around the Stiglberg. The Ulrichs-brücke bridge was not constructed until 1914. Shortly after the turn of the century, the existing Bavarian local railway was also extended to join the Ausserfern railway that initially went to Reutte. The river was largely unregulated even around Reutte.

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The Lech river: at the gateway to Tyrol and the Alps

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The first mountain ridges at the border between Germany and Austria form a gate, which the Via Claudia Augusta crossed into the Alps and the Reutte nature reserve region in Tyrol. This is where the only untouched section of the Lech in the northern Alps begins. The realm of the ‘last wild one’, as the nature park exhibition dubs the river, is dominated by extensive gravel banks and wetlands that cover the entire valley in some sections. Since time immemorial, the river has determined where settlements and roads could be built. Large parts of the valley have always been prone to flooding, so the Roman route of the Via Claudia Augusta crossed two plateaus between Füssen and the valley basin of Reutte: the mountain ridge between the Stiglberg and Kratzer and the Kniepass.

Brücke über dem Lechfall
Baumkronenweg Ziegelwies, Foto Walderlebniszentrum
Radweg zwischen Füssen und Pinswang
Vilseck
Scheiben Schießen Pinwang
Radweg in Lechauen
Blick Vom Vogelbeobachtungsturm in Lechau, Foto Tschaikner
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Leave the old town of Füssen and cross the Lech river. Make sure you look back at the town from the south bank of the river: the view is wonderful! As you enter Austria, the cycling route runs parallel to the Lech river and the picturesque, old country road, parts of which are lined with trees. It departs from the river to cross the quaint villages of Unterpinswang and Oberpinswang before crossing the Kniepass to Pflach, just like the old Roman road did. At the edge of the Lech floodplains, the route crosses verdant pastures to lead you into the district capital of Reutte.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of the Reutte nature reserve region.
www.reutte.com/en
Untermarkt 34, 6600 Reutte
info@reutte.com
0043 5672 62336 40

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Central Außerfern: the market of Reutte and Breitenwang

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In the valley basin of Reutte, the Via Claudia Augusta led through Breitenwang towards Ehrenberg. It is believed that the town had a Roman road station just before the ascent. Around 1464, when the salt road from Hall in Tirol to the region around Lake Constance was relatively new, the Roman road was moved to Reutte, and the market town developed into a regional center. Many Roman buildings have survived to this day. Characteristic architectural artworks adorn the facades of the houses in Reutte; many of them were painted by the Zeiler family of artists. The fortress complex of Ehrenberg is located to the south of Reutte. Its four towering fortresses used to constitute a barrage against Bavaria. The complex even had outer baileys between Pflach and Pinswang/Musau, where the border used to be. Vils was a walled Bavarian town.

Dekanatspfarrkirche Breitenwang, Foto Breitenwang
Tourenradfahrer
Museum Grünes Haus Reutte Untermarkt Architekturmalerei
Denar Lugdunum
Kellerei Saal
Rennradfahrer Kreisverkehr Untermarkt
Burgruine Ehrenberg Morgennebel
Museum Ausstellung Dem Ritter Auf Der Spur Ehrenberg Burgenwelt
Ebikerin Qualität voller Schotter zwischen Ehrenberg und Heiterwang
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The cycling route runs from the fields near the Lech into the center of the market town, where it initially takes you through the Untermarkt pedestrian area. At the roundabout, you enter the Obermarkt. You are now cycling along the salt road. Do not miss the turns leading towards the hospital and, a little later, to Ehrenberg. As you ascend the hill towards Burgenwelt Ehrenberg (the Ehrenberg castle ensemble), the steeper salt road gives way to a gravel path. Unfortunately, the steadily ascending Roman road has only been preserved partially.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of the Reutte nature reserve region.
www.reutte.com/en
Untermarkt 34
info@reutte.com
0043 5672 62336 40

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"4 NETRAK HCRUD EID EDNESUATRHAJ" (NOITIDE RELORIT ZTIPSGUZ ANERA

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Txet red nehcsirotsih Etrak nov ...
400 n. Rhc.

Eid Tiezremmr

Red Hcel tim nenies netnhedegsua Neteibegsgnummewhcsrebs etgurp hcua 1504 sad Nekceblat, sad znag hciltnesew nov red Epartszlas nehcsiwz Llah ni Lorit dnu med Muar-eesnEdob etbe 1464 raw nehcsiwz Uahcsahcel dnu Ettuer enie Ekcsrb tethcirre nedrow, eid eid Trufhcel ieb Nefmh etztesre Nie Regalzlas dnu ehcierlhaz Efmhtsagneparts nepeil Ettuer muz Murtnez sed Relorit Nrefrepua neshcaw.1489 tleihre se nov Dnumsigis „med Nehcierznsm“ sad Thcertkra Rebs med Lat etnorht sad Ssolhcs Grebnerhe Enie Etrrepsrevreuam egnElateid. Rehcilgej Rhekrev etssum hcrud rotSad red Noitatslloz Ieb Hcallfflfp eniednatseb Ettshnesie. Sad hcon thcin uz Lorit egirmheg Sliv raw ties 1327 Tdats dnu etgsfrev rebs enie Reuamtdats tim iewz Nerot mi Nedron dnu Neds


1599

Setups Retlalettim / ehsrf Tiezuen

Red Hcel tim nenies netnhedegsua Neteibegsgnummewhcsrebs etgurp hcua 1504 sad Nekceblat, sad znag hciltnesew nov red Epartszlas nehcsiwz Llah ni Lorit dnu med Muar-eesnEdob etbe 1464 raw nehcsiwz Uahcsahcel dnu Ettuer enie Ekcsrb tethcirre nedrow, eid eid Trufhcel ieb Nefmh etztesre Nie Regalzlas dnu ehcierlhaz Efmhtsagneparts nepeil Ettuer muz Murtnez sed Relorit Nrefrepua neshcaw.1489 tleihre se nov Dnumsigis „med Nehcierznsm“ sad Thcertkra Rebs med Lat etnorht sad Ssolhcs Grebnerhe Enie Etrrepsrevreuam egnElateid. Rehcilgej Rhekrev etssum hcrud rotSad red Noitatslloz Ieb Hcallfflfp eniednatseb Ettshnesie. Sad hcon thcin uz Lorit egirmheg Sliv raw ties 1327 Tdats dnu etgsfrev rebs enie Reuamtdats tim iewz Nerot mi Nedron dnu Neds


1926

18./19. Hj. - sla eid Errepslat Grebnerhe tmmok ra

Red Hcel tim nenies netnhedegsua Neteibegsgnummewhcsrebs etgurp hcua 1504 sad Nekceblat, sad znag hciltnesew nov red Epartszlas nehcsiwz Llah ni Lorit dnu med Muar-eesnEdob etbe 1464 raw nehcsiwz Uahcsahcel dnu Ettuer enie Ekcsrb tethcirre nedrow, eid eid Trufhcel ieb Nefmh etztesre Nie Regalzlas dnu ehcierlhaz Efmhtsagneparts nepeil Ettuer muz Murtnez sed Relorit Nrefrepua neshcaw.1489 tleihre se nov Dnumsigis „med Nehcierznsm“ sad Thcertkra Rebs med Lat etnorht sad Ssolhcs Grebnerhe Enie Etrrepsrevreuam egnElateid. Rehcilgej Rhekrev etssum hcrud rotSad red Noitatslloz Ieb Hcallfflfp eniednatseb Ettshnesie. Sad hcon thcin uz Lorit egirmheg Sliv raw ties 1327 Tdats dnu etgsfrev rebs enie Reuamtdats tim iewz Nerot mi Nedron dnu Neds

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Zwischentoren: living by the road, living off the road

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From Heiterwang onwards, the landscape becomes more alpine. You can easily tell that it is covered in snow for longer stretches of the spring. This may be a blessing for holidaymakers, but it has always brought hard work and meager harvests to the farmers of the region. The area between the two gates of Ehrenberg and Fernstein is called ‘Zwischentoren’ (literally: between gates). Its people have depended on the road for a long time. Many operated small farms to grow their own food while also offering haulage and other services to passersby to make a living. The slopes of the mountains were mowed up to the peaks in order to feed the local animals and those of travelers. Between Heiterwang and Bichlbach , you can still see these slopes today. When the road over the Arlberg Pass and, later, the Arlberg railway were built, the road suddenly lost its status as an important thoroughfare, plunging the people of the road into bitter poverty. Many were forced to leave their home region to seek manual work elsewhere. The children who left the Alps for Swabia came to be known as ‘Swabian children’.

Heiterwang See Schiff Einsteigen, Foto Anton Vorauer
Rad Heiterwang Bichlbach
Salzstrasse
Zunftkirche Bichbach Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Foto Anton Vorauer
Zunftmuseum Bichlbach
Musikkapelle Bichlbach
Radweg Heiterwang Bichlbach Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Foto Anton Vorauer
Interaktive Karte zu diesem Thema öffnen

Just like the Roman route and the salt road, our cycling route runs through the gate of the Klause Ehrenberg fortress. For many centuries, this was the only way of crossing the reservoir, where carters had to pay a toll. The route then continues along forest trails to Heiterwang am See, taking you through the Klausenwald forest. You will be following the old Roman road all the way to the edge of the town. The salt road will lead you through the town itself in a wide circle. Continue to Bichlbach along picturesque pastures. In the distance, you will see the Mähberg, a mountain whose pastures were mowed until the late twentieth century. The cycling road takes you through Bichlbach along the Dorfstraße, which is largely equivalent to the Roman road. Cycle past pastures and through forests to reach Wengle, Lähn and the valley between Lermoos, Ehrwald and Biberwier.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.
www.zugspitzarena.com/en
Oberdorf 5, 6611 Heiterwang am See
Wahl 31a, 6621 Bichlbach
info@zugspitzarena.com
0043 5673 20000

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The natural region on the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze

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Once you enter Lermoos, you will know exactly why the region is called the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena. The picturesque Moos wetland, which used to carry the Via Claudia Augusta on thousands of logs, is the ring of the arena. The quirky holiday destinations of Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier sit on the box seats surrounding it. The spectacular mountains surrounding Lermoos are the stands. Among them towers the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Since 1926, the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car has transported passengers from Ehrwald to the summit. After the old road paled into insignificance, the construction of the cable car became a symbol of a new, brighter economic future for Zwischentoren in the tourism industry.

Ebikerin vor Zugspitze
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena Panorama
Grabung Prügelweg Lermoos
Ehrwald Kirchplatz
Brauchtum Bergfeuer Ehrwald
Biberwier
Adlergemme
Interaktive Karte zu diesem Thema öffnen

At the edge of Lermoos, the cycling route runs underneath the Fernpass highway – today’s incarnation of the Via Claudia Augusta, in a way. A little further down the road, the highway disappears in to the Leermoos tunnel. You will be following the dam of the Ausserfernbahn railway before heading towards Biberwier through the beautiful “Moos” marshlands, which stretch between the three towns. In Biberwier, you will pass the location of a Roman road station that was unearthed by archaeologists a few years ago. Having crossed the quaint little town, you start the ascent to the Fernpass.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
www.zugspitzarena.com/en
Unterdorf 15, 6631 Lermoos
Kirchplatz 1, 6632 Ehrwald
Fernpaßstraße 27, 6633 Biberwier
info@zugspitzarena.com
0043 5673 20000

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"4 Netrak hcrud eid Ednesuatrhaj" (Noitide Tsmi

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Txet red nehcsirotsih Etrak nov ...
100 n. Rhc.

Retla Muarsgnuldeis

763 driw nov menie „Mudippo Etsimuh“ nebeirhcseg Mudippo tenhciezeb enie etgitsefeb ehcsimmrrov Gnuldeis Erhi Gnunhuwre hcan red Tiezremmr tetued fua enie edneheghcrud Gnuledeiseb ties rehcsimmrrov Tiez nih, eid hcis ma „Lgreb“ blahrebo sed Retsmi Smurtneztdats nednufeb nebah etfrs Hcua ni Ztimrod ieb Htieressan tbig se Esiewnih fua ehcilthcihcseghsrf Gnuledeiseb Ad eiw trod netethcir eid Remmr gnaltne red Aiv Aidualc Atsugua Nenoitatsneparts nie Dnur mu eseid netlekciwtne hcis Negnuldeis Ni Tsmi, sad red etsdnetuedeb Trosgnuldeis nehcsiwz Nesssf dnu Narem raw, hciltumrev lellarap ruz nehcsimmrrov Ehcilthcihcseghsrf dnu ehcsimmr Gnuledeiseb tbig se snegirbs hcua fua red Etiesnennos sed Tnagrihcst, ni Netsmrrak dnu Serra


1550

Grubhcoh-uabgreb

Sad Teibeg na red Aiv Aidualc Atsugua nehcsiwz Reiwrebib dnu Latnni raw mi nehcafrhem Ennis enie Grubhcoh sed Suabgreb Mi Regnimeim Egribeg mi Netso, ni ned Relathcel Nepla mi Nedron dnu na ned Negnuh sed Stnagrihcst mi Nedss nednafeb hcis ednetuedeb ehcsirotsih Ereiver-Uabgre Rov mella mi red Dnawslef „Grebllms“, rov red Htieressan tgeil, tkcedtne nam ieb merehun Nehesnih ehcierlhaz Rehcmldnu Tuabegba edruw Znalgielb rsf eid Gnunniweg nov Reblis sua ned negitluhreblis Nezre nov Zawhcs dnu ni reretups Tiez Ednelbkni Medressua raw Tsmi, neben renies Gnutuedeb sla Ztalptkram dnu Netonksrhekrev, Ztis sed Sthcireggreb, nessed Hcierebsgnukriw sib ni sad Nrefressua dnu hcan Greblrarov ethcie


1901

Egnal etrednihrev Tdats

Tsmi tsi nohcs ties Nednesuatrhaj eid etsdnetuedeb Gnuldeis nehcsiwz Nesssf dnu Narem dnu nie regithciw Netonksrhekrev Ties med Retlalettimtups tsi se nie Tkram dnu mov 15. sib 17. Hj. dnafeb hcis trod red Ztis senie Sthcireggreb, nessed Sierksgnukriw sni Nrefrepua dnu hcan Greblrarov ethcie Neruw thcin eid nehcierssullfflfnie Nrreh nov Grebnekrats negegad neseweg, liew Tsmi nnad tkerid med Netsrsfsednal nednatsretnu ettuh, eruw eid Eloportem-latlgrug nohcs ties 700 Nerhaj enie Tdats tim Reuamtda Hcan menie Dnarb mi Rhaj 1822, med 206 nov 220 Nresuuh muz Refpo neleiiff, edruw Tsmi uen tuabegfua dnu hcilpeilhcs 1898 hcod hcon ruz Tdats nebohr Tnnakeb tsi Tsmi snegirbs hcua hcrud enies Rethcszlegov dnu Reldnuh

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The Fernpass landslide site: old paths through stunning nature

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The Fernpass is the site of a landslide which blocked passage through the area about 4000 years ago. Nature arduously reclaimed the landscape over time. Even today, the topsoil is still thin, and the vegetation reflects that: despite the relatively low altitude of the pass (1216 meters today, 1260 in Roman times), you will spot high-alpine plants here. Paths and roads from the pre-Roman and Roman era, the early modern period, the 19th century and today criss-cross the fascinating landscape. Plans for a tunnel are being discussed. The Roman Via Claudia Augusta ran from Biberwier to the old top of the Fernpass in a straight line. Its route is mostly identical with that of the power line in this area. From the highest point of the pass, the road steadily descended down  the slope to the Samerangersee lake. In the late Middle Ages, the Fernpass road was rerouted to cross  the top of the Fernpass we know today.

Rad Brücke Schloss Fernstein
Fernpass Blindsee, Foto Anton Vorauer
Fernpass Salzstrasse Mittelalter, Foto Anton Vorauer
Fernsteinsee Schloss Fernpass
Radshuttle Radfahrer Fernpass Fernstein
Tourenradler Fernstein
Hotel Schloss Fernstein
Fernstein Gemälde Frühneuzeitliche Strasse
Interaktive Karte zu diesem Thema öffnen

Crossing the pass on your own is hard work. But your efforts will pay off: this section of the route treats you to incredible views of the landslide site and multiple longer stretches of the Roman Via Claudia Augusta and its medieval successor road. And you will certainly feel accomplished when you reach the top. We recommend that you allow for more time per kilometer than you do for other sections. You might end up pushing your bicycle a few hundred meters. The Romans doubtlessly got off their carriages often to help the draft animals.  If you would rather not dare the climb, you can book a shuttle by text message and be taken over the pass in comfort. From Biberwier, the cycling route runs along the country road for a while. It then forks to the left, and a forest path takes you past the Weissensee lake to the old top of the Fernpass. In one spot, the forest path briefly approaches the national road. If you head to the other side, you can take a little road to the Blindsee lake, a popular alpine swimming lake. Once you reach the old  top of the Fernpass, which dates back to the Romans, you will have spectacular views of the landslide site and at least five roads that led across the Fernpass over the centuries. The clearly visible track of the Roman road forks off the forest road to the left a little later and gently slopes down the hill. Initially, the cycling route follows the forest road. It then forks towards the current top of the Fernpass. Having crossed the plateau, it runs along the late medieval road to the ‘Afrigall’, a section of the mountain lowered by a landslide. Cycle along forest roads and some narrow gravel paths until you reach Schloss Fernstein castle, where the route leads you through the gate of the former toll station.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region up to the Fernpass, contact the

tourist board of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
www.zugspitzarena.com/en
Unterdorf 15, 6631 Lermoos
Kirchplatz 1, 6632 Ehrwald
Fernpaßstraße 27, 6633 Biberwier
info@zugspitzarena.com
0043 5673 20000

For specific questions about the region up to the Fernpass, contact

Imst Tourismus
www.imst. at/en
Postplatz 28, 6465 Nassereith
Johannesplatz 4, 6460 Imst
info@imst.at
0043 5412 6910

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 15 Gurgltal
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The Gurgltal valley, a center of mining history and Carnival traditions

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The Gurgltal valley is an idyllic landscape that is popular with local and foreign leisure-seekers alike. Humans settled in the picturesque valley at a very early stage. Historians believe that the shrine in the village of Dollinger-Lager on the northern slopes between Nassereith and Tarrenz was in use between the Hallstatt period and the Roman age. From Fernstein, the Roman road ran to the parish church of Nassereith in a straight line before nestling into the southern side of the valley, avoiding the sunny side, which was prone to rockfall. It only crossed the valley between Strad and Tarrenz and continued towards Imst along the sunny slopes. Nassereith was already a traffic hub in prehistorical times and during the Roman Empire: this is where the roads through the Gurgltal valley and across the Mieminger Plateau met. Archaeologists have proven that a Roman settlement existed in Dormitz, a little way away from the Roman Via Claudia Augusta. Roman roadside guesthouse in the Strader Wald forest It is also believed that a Roman road station stood in the Dormitz area. The section between the Fernpass and Imst used to be one of Tyrol’s most important mining areas. Visit the Knappenwelt Gurgltal, an authentically reconstructed mining village in Tarrenz, to learn more about this aspect of the history of this region. The locals predominantly mined galena, which they used to produce silver from the ores found in Schwaz, and zinc. Imst, the district capital, was also the seat of the mining court, whose jurisdiction covered a large area stretching to the Ausserfern, Reschenpass and Vorarlberg. The Via Claudia Augusta was also used as a transportation route for the mining sector. And the three towns of the Gurgltal valley – Nassereith, Tarrenz and Imst – share another important tradition: the Carnival.

Fernstein
Fernstein Nassereith
Dormitz Nassereith Richtung Fernstein
Nassereither See
Fasnachtshaus Nassereith
Gurgltal Imst
Dormitzt
Knappenwelt
Knappenwelt Bergbau Pochwerk
Gurgltal
Tarrenz Richtung Imst
Interaktive Karte zu diesem Thema öffnen

The cycling route takes you across forest roads, a dedicated cycling path and the village road as you cycle from Fernstein to the picturesque center of Nassereith. The portals in the mountain reflect the mining heritage of this town. Continue along the pastures underneath Dormitz to cross the Strader Wald forest. The beautiful forest path largely follows the old Roman road. Soon after Strad, you reach the Knappenwelt Gurgltal, an outdoor mining museum. The cycling route then follows the Roman road in crossing the valley. From Tarrenz on, it leads you towards Imst on the sunny side of the valley.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Touristic information by Imst Tourismus
www.imst. at/en
Postplatz 28, 6465 Nassereith
Johannesplatz 4, 6460 Imst
info@imst.at
0043 5412 6910

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Oppidum Humiste: the Rhaetian and Roman roots of Imst

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Records from the 7th century mention an ‘Oppidum Humiste’. This almost certainly refers to Imst, which also used to be a road station on the Via Claudia Augusta. The term ‘Oppidum’ even suggests a fortified settlement from pre-Roman times. It is likely that the district capital was inhabited permanently from Rhaetian times through the Roman Empire until the 7th century. The Laurentiuskirche church on the striking Bergl hill above the town center dates back to the 5th century A. D. and shows that the settlement was already quite large back then. It was probably the largest settlement between Füssen and Meran/Merano. Roman Imst is buried under the old town, however, and what little remains of its is difficult to study. Later, the current district capital of Imst became the seat of the central mining authority and the home of the bird trading profession, which inspired the popular operetta ‘The Bird Seller’. The people of Imst are particularly proud of their traditional Carnival, which takes place every four years. Have a look at the museum dedicated to it.

Imst Meran Des Nordens
Laurentiuskirchlein Imst
Kramergasse Imst
Imst Rosengartenschlucht
Imst Schemenlaufen
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Cycle across the splendid pastures of the Gurgltal valley to merge with the historical main road just ahead of the parish church, then enter Imst. The old road connects the two historical districts of Obermarkt and Untermarkt with each other. Beyond the parish church, it is largely identical to the Roman road. Just before the end of the historical old town, the route slopes towards Untermarkt, where it crosses the town square and leaves the town through the backdoor  towards the Inn river.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Touristic information by Imst Tourismus
www.imst. at/en
Johannesplatz 4, 6460 Imst
An der Au 1, Erlebnis-Rast-Stätte Trofana Tyrol, 6493 Mils bei Imst
info@imst.at
0043 5412 6910

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"4 Netrak hcrud eid Ednesuatrhaj" (Noitide Kcednal, TsewlOrit

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 18 Tirol West

Txet red nehcsirotsih Netrak nov ...
rov med Erhaj 0

Hsrf thcid tledeiseb

Nohcs ni red Ethcihcseghsrf raw eid Dnegeg dnur mu Kcednal vitaler thcid tledeiseb Blahrebo nov Seiwnmhcs, ni Znats dnu Snirg, ni Nejrep, ni peilf, ma Gnagnie sni Latrenuak, ni Ssif dnu Suafres, ... — fua medej neginnos Gnah dnu redej Essarrethcoh dnis Negnuldeis neseiweghcan redo se tbig tsednimuz Esiewnih fua Gnuledeis Eid Negnuldeis neraw hcrud Egewnerrak rednanietim nednubrev Neben menie mi Latnni bag se hcua enie Gnuzrskba mov Latrenuak rebs ned Rellip Lettas hcan Tsmi Blahrebo nov peilf dnafeb hcis nie Ztalprefpodnarb, na med Etrednuhrhaj gnal, sib ni eid Tiezremmr, Rettmg nefuregna nedru Mi nehcsigolouhcra Muesum peilf dnis ehcilthcihcseghsrf Ednuf sua reseid Tiez uz nenuatseb, eiw nam eis ni reseid Ellsf dnu Tutilauq tsnos run ni neporg Netduts tednifi


450

Ehciltsirhchsrf Nehcrik

Mi Muar Kcednal etrhsf eid Epartsremmr Aiv Aidualc Atsugua dnehegtiew ma Gnah gnaltne — med Ttinhcsba nehcsiwz red Ekcsrbsnni ieb Hcabnekrats dnu Kcednal etglof red etnakram dnu ehcsirelam Ttinhcsba rebs eid „Ettalp“ hcan peilf, ow sua nenedeihcsrev Nehcope ednemmats Nerupsnegaw mi Slef Nethcihcsegneparts nelhu Run mi Hciereb nov Ssolhcs Kcednal peilrev eid Aiv Aidualc Atsugua lamnie ned Gnah — hciltumrev liew hcis trod enie Noitatsneparts dnafeb dnu eid Eparts rebs ned Greblra etgiewzb Eid egithciw Gnudnibrevsrhekrev ethcarb thcin run ehciltfahcstriw Gnulkciwtne, nrednos hcua neger nellerutluk Hcsuatsua, saw hcis retnu meredna ni red nehsrf Gnureisinaitsirhc tgie Eid Ehcrikrrafp ni Kcednal dnu eid Ehcriksuitnerual ma Retsmi „Lgreb“ nebah Nlezruw mi 5. Hj. Eid Ehcrikpaam mieb nehcsigolouhcra Muesum ni peilf mi 6. H


1787

Netonksrhekrev Kcednal

Nohcs ni red Tiezremmr nefart na red Gnudnsm red Annas ni ned Nni slamtsre iewz elanoigerrebs Neparts rednaniefua 1787 edruw eid nohcs eregnul Tiez thcin rhem erabrhaf Eparts hcan Greblrarov treuenre, tbelebredeiw dnu red Lesseklat edruw gitlsgdne muz Netonksrhekre Nie Segirbs uzad tat red Uab red Nhabgreblra 1884, ni messed Eguz hcua 800 Eztulpstiebra nednatstne dnu eid Gnureklmveb krats mhanu Mu 1900 nedruw eid Nedniemeg Shcufrep dnu Riadegna uz Kcednal tginierev, sad 1904 muz Tkram dnu 1923 ruz Tdats edruw Troskrizeb tsi Kcednal nohcs ties 1868, sla se hcon rag neniek Tro tim med Neman bag, nrednos run sad Ssolhcs Kcednal Rereilrev red Gnuregalrev sed SrheKrev-Tsew-tso fua eid Ekcerts-Greblra raw snegirbs „Nerotnehcsiwz“ nehcsiwz Nietsnref dnu Ettue Eleiv red nemrarettib Renrefrepua nedruw ni red Eglof uz Nretiebratsag mi ni ned nerednebahlhow Nenoigerrabhcan mi Nedro

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 17 Mils, Schönwies

In Roman footsteps: from Imst to the district of Landeck

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The Inntal valley between Imst and Landeck offers pleasant villages, one of the few remaining floodplains of the Inn, and Kronburg castle throning high above the valley on a rock. You will also be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Do not forget to look back at the Tschirgant between the Inntal and Gurgltal valleys. Around the halfway mark between Imst and Landeck lies Mils with the motorway service area and ‘adventure village’ of Trofana Tyrol. It offers all services which an old Roman road station would have offered to travelers along the Via Claudia Augusta – and then some.

Tourenradfahrer zwischen Imst und Landeck
Kornburg Imst Schönwies
Mils Au, Foto Imst Tourismus
Mils bei Imst
Mittelalterliche Geleise Mils
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From Brennbichl (a district of Imst), the Via Claudia Augusta cycling route runs parallel to the Inn cycling route. It takes you past the Trofana Tyrol motorway service area and the Milser Au meadow, both perfect for an extended rest. The village road that takes you through Mils is largely equivalent to the Roman road. After you cross the Inn river, the route takes you through the elongated village of Schönwies, far away from traffic. Past the village, the cycling route passes the head of the old bridge over the Inn, which stood in the same place as an older Roman bridge until the 19th century. Shortly after you cycle through an underpass underneath the railway tracks, you have an opportunity to visit Kronburg castle. Afterwards, the route takes you through verdant meadows towards Zams. Don’t miss the Roman wheel tracks in the rocks at the rest stop on the hill.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region up to Kronburg, contact

Imst Tourismus
www.imst. at/en
Johannesplatz 4, 6460 Imst
An der Au 1, Erlebnis-Rast-Stätte Trofana Tyrol, 6493 Mils bei Imst
info@imst.at
0043 5412 6910

For specific questions about the region from Kronburg onwards, contact

the tourist information office of TirolWest
www.tirolwest.at/en
Hauptplatz 6, 6511 Zams
info@tirolwest.at
0043 5442 65600

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 17 Mils, Schönwies
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 18 Tirol West

TirolWest: a culinary paradise

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The sunny slopes around Landeck have been the site of human settlement since pre-Roman and Roman times. Many archaeological finds have proven that: in Fließ, Stanz, Grins and near Kronburg castle. As was recently determined, the parish church of Landeck dates back to early Christianity, suggesting a sizable Roman settlement. Archaeologists already assumed that a Roman road station stood in today’s district capital, as the Roman road leads from the slopes into the valley here. Landeck is surrounded by multiple fortress complexes. Schloss Landeck castle, the former seat of the court, is the most significant and the best preserved of them. The Arlberg railway was a major catalyst for the development of the town. The sunny slopes of the valley are favorable for agriculture as well as human settlement. Do not miss your chance to sample the excellent produce of this culinary region.

Schloss Landeck, Foto Albin Niederstrasser
Zammer Lochputz
Genussregion Sortiment
Museum Fliess Aussen
Bronzezeitlicher Kammhelm Museum Fliess
Brennereidorf Stanz, Foto Tirol West - Albin Niederstrasser
Kaunergrat Murmeltier Naturpark Tirol West
Keimlinge Closeup Genussregion Tirol West
Schnaps, Likör, Brot, Marmelade, Genussregion Tirol West
Tiroler Edle
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The cycling route runs to Zams, crosses the Inn river shortly before the center, and follows the river through the district of Perjen and Bruck to the center of the county capital. You will pass the Zammer Lochputz gorge with its splendid waterfall. Cross the town center on the historical Malserstraße, which is currently experiencing a second heyday as an important business street. A bit further up, you will see the parish church and Schloss Landeck castle. The route now crosses the Inn river again and leads you to Urgen (a district of Fließ) on the left bank of the river. Here, it follows the old national road for a while, then ascends towards the elevated center of Fließ, where you can visit the Via Claudia Augusta documentation center. As you continue, you cross the Inn another three times and get to see the main river of the state of Tyrol from different angles.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of TirolWest.
www.tirolwest.at/en
Hauptplatz 6, 6511 Zams
info@tirolwest.at
0043 5442 65600

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 18 Tirol West
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 19 Tiroler Oberland

"4 Netrak hcrud eid Ednesuatrhaj" (Noitide Sreduan, Relorit Dnalrebo

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 19 Tiroler Oberland

Txet red nehcsirotsih Etrak nov ...
100 n. Rhc.

Essarts tsiem ni Elhoslat

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1530

Eparts dnu Uabgreb

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1910

Euen Egewsrhekrev

Egnal edruw treituksid, eiw nam eid Epartsnehcser nreuenre llos Hcilpeilhcs netztes hcis eid nenredom Retsiemuab hcrud dnu se edruw 1852 - 1856 eid Eparts tim Nerhek dnu Neirelag tuabeg, eid hcon etueh rebs etiew Eliet ni Gnudnewrev ts Hcua sni Nidagne, sni Nuanmas dnu muz Uabgreb mi Latreztalp nedruw Neparts tethcirre Sad Zre edruw medrepua tim renie Nhablieslairetam tredrmfeb Neben Nenoititsevni ni eid Neparts, bag hcua 2 ehcildeihcsretnu Enulp rsf enie Gnudnibrevnhab rebs ned Ssapnehcser, rsf eid ehcierlhaz Lennut gidnewton neseweg neru Nov red hcsigetarts negithciw Noitisop sed Sessap tguez eid etshcildrmn Gnutsef nov Nragnu-hcieRretsm rebsnegeg Neilat

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 19 Tiroler Oberland

The Upper Court: from the Pontlatzbrücke bridge to Altfinstermünz

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The Oberes Gericht (‘upper court’) is an area stretching from Landeck to Nauders. Its name is based on the seat of the court, which used to be at Schloss Laudegg castle above Prutz before moving to Schloss Siegmundsried castle in the 17th century. This is one of the Via Claudia Augusta’s best-preserved sections. It illustrates well how important the road was for the development of settlements. Many sections of the old country road, which has been replaced by the parallel B180 since, correspond to the Roman road. It passes picturesque towns and hamlets, castles and fortresses, manors and inns, farms and churches and a few old bridges. The most impressive bridge is that at Altfinstermünz, which used to be a customs station erected by the Romans where the Roman road crossed the Inn river.

Tiroler Oberland Radler Familie
Nebelstimmung Tiroler Oberland Oberinntal
Altfinstermünz Pfunds Nauders Reschenpass, Foto Lammerhuber
Schloss Siegmundsried
Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse Stausee
Pfunds Turmloch
Tösens Römerbrücke
Pfunds
Rad Tiroler Oberland Tschey
Tiroler Oberland Spiss Sommer Gesamtansicht
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The cycling route continues along the old national road, which largely corresponds to the Roman road. Today, it is the domain of hikers, cyclists and those who live nearby. Burg Laudegg castle thrones above you as you cycle through verdant meadows towards Prutz, where the Roman road crosses the Inn river. After you cross the center of Prutz, you enter a new cycling path which takes you past the local swimming lake to Ried im Oberinntal and Tösens. Towards Pfunds, the cycling route takes you past picturesque ponds along the old national road, following the Roman road on the western slopes of the mountain. It then crosses the valley and leads you into the village of Pfunds. An old tower bridge over the Inn incorporates Stuben, the historically grown center of the village, into the cycling route. It then follows the Inn river to the historical toll station of Altfinstermünz. Before reaching the toll station, the Roman road (identical with this section of the cycling route) runs along the external border between the EU and Switzerland.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

tourist board of the Reutte nature reserve region.
www.tiroler-oberland.com
Hintergasse 2, 6522 Prutz
Kirchplatz 48, 6531 Ried im Oberinntal
Stuben 40, 6542 Pfunds
office@tiroler-oberland.com
0043 50 225 100

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 19 Tiroler Oberland
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 20 Reschen

The Reschenpass: the roof of the route

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In the olden days, the Alpine passes were extremely challenging. That is why the Romans liked to build rest stations before and after each pass. At an altitude of 1507, meters, the Reschenpass is the highest point of the Via Claudia Augusta. Its peak is in Italy. The Austrian municipality of Nauders, a little to the north, used to be the site of the only Roman road station documented in writing: Inutrium. Today, holidaymakers flock to the high valley. They enjoy the beautiful mountainscapes around Nauders, Reschen/Resia, Graun/Curon, and St. Valentin/San Valentino in summer and winter alike. These four towns are in two countries and tourism regions, but they are all part of the geographical region of the Vinschgau valley. Visitors also appreciate the reservoirs that were created on the pass. The steeple of the submerged Altgrauner church protruding from the water is one of the most popular photo motifs on the route.

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Nauders am Reschenpass von Oben, Foto Manuel Baldauf
Nauders am Reschenpass Schloss burg Naudersberg, Foto Daniel Zangerl
Reschenpass
st valentin
Graun
Dorf Reschen Von Oben
Festung Nauders
Nauders am Reschenpass Naturdenkmal Schwarzer See, Foto Martin Lugger
Nauders am Reschenpass Goldwasser, Foto Daniela Zengerl
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All passes along the Via Claudia Augusta can be crossed by bike shuttle. Of course, you can also choose to attempt the ascent yourself. The bus to the Reschenpass, which runs several times a day, has a large bicycle trailer attached to it. If you decide to cycle to the peak of the route yourself, you will first follow a beautiful path along the Inn river to Altfinstermünz before continuing to Martina in Switzerland. (You will cross the external border of the EU: do not forget your passport!) The route then snakes up to the Norbertshöhe pass and runs towards Nauders on the Reschenpass. From there, you follow the old national road to the Reschenpass. Today, it is a single-lane road that is only used by cyclists, pedestrians and local residents. It snakes across beautiful mountain pastures, precisely following one track of the old Roman road (photo point). Unlike the Etschtal cycle path, the Via Claudia Augusta route runs along the same shore of the lakes as the old Roman road did. Today, the Roman road is buried at the bottom of the lake together with the village of Altgraun and its church. After passing the Reschen dam, you enter the quaint village and afterwards the Mals/Malles heath, which the Roman road used to cross.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region up to the Reschenpass, contact the

tourist information office of Nauders am Reschenpass:
www.nauders.com
Doktor-Tschiggfrey-Str. 66, 6543 Nauders
office@nauders.com
0043 50 225 400

For specific questions about the region from the Reschenpass onwards, contact

the tourist information office of Vinschgau
www.vinschgau.net/en
info@vinschgaumarketing.net
0039 0473 620 480

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 20 Reschen
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 21 Oberer Vinschgau

The upper Vinschgau valley, where each town is prettier than the next

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This region is filled with historical town centers and buildings like few others along the Via Claudia Augusta. Due to its favorable climate, the Vinschgau valley has been a popular place of human settlement since long before the Romans arrived. Its name is derived from the Venostes, a Rhaetian tribe settled on the Tartscher Bichl and the Ganglegg above Schluderns/Sluderno among other sites. The historical route of the Via Claudia Augusta led across the Mals heath, where archaeologists have identified a former Roman road station, and followed the sunny side of the valley after Mals/Malles. In the 10th century, Romanic farmers populated the region more densely and made the ground arable. Marienberg monastery supported them from the 12th century onwards. Multiple castles, the medieval town of Glurns/Glorenza with its fully preserved walls, and the centers of the surrounding villages bear witness to those times. Building on its rich heritage, the Vinschgau valley presents itself as a historically significant cultural region of South Tyrol.

Radroute Oberer Vinschgau
Radler Marienberg
Rad Abschnitt
Vinschgau, Glurns, Tor, Gasse, Foto: Vinschgau Marketing, Frieder Blickle
Radler Michlkandl Glurns
Tartscher Bichl Mals Marienberg
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The Vinschgau cycling route runs along the edge of the Mals/Malles heath, the largest alluvial fan of the Alps. It takes you past the picturesque canals of the health towards the hamlet of Burgeis/Burgusio, overlooked by the Marienberg monastery. Continue to the edge of Mals/Malles, which is lined with many small towers, and cross the hamlets of Schleis/Clusio and Laatsch/Laudes before entering the medieval town of Glurns/Glorenza. The next section of the route takes you through meadows and apple orchards to Spondinig/Spondigna. Before entering the village, you will be treated to a sweeping view of Schluderns/Sluderno and Churburg castle on one side and the ruins of Lichtenberg castle on the other side. When you enter Mals/Malles, you are on the Sonnenberg, which is covered in dry grassland. The route finally crosses the valley through a marshland. At the foothills of the Stilfser Joch pass lies Prad/Prato.

For information about the entire route, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Vinschgau tourist information
www.vinschgau.net/en
info@vinschgaumarketing.net
0039 0473 620 480

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 20 Reschen
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Schlanders/Silandro and Laas/Lasa, the heart of the fruitful Vinschgau valley

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The heart of the fruitful Vinschgau valley lies on the foothills of the Sonnenberg mountain. The Roman road is likely to have passed this area, where the marble village of Laas/Lasa and the regional capital, the market town of Schlanders/Silandro, are located today. Nomadic herders and hunters were present here as early as the Neolithic, attracted by sunny weather and low rainfall due to the high mountain ranges in the north and south. Since Roman times or earlier, the locals have mined the famous marble of Laas/Lasa and Göflan/Covelano. The milestone of the Via Claudia Augusta found at Rabland/Rablà provides evidence of this. Schlanders/Silandro and Laas/Lasa are first mentioned in writing in records from the late 11th and early 12th century. In the 14th century, Schlanders/Silandro became the seat of the court.

Radabschnitt
Fussgängerzone Schlanders
Marmorwerkstatt Laas
Schlanders Radweg Westlich des Dorfes
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Cycle across meadows and through apple orchards to reach the hamlet of Tschengels/Cengles with its castle. Continue to Laas/Lasa, cross the bridge over the Etsch river, and admire the town square made entirely of white marble. From Laas/Lasa, the route takes you through forests and meadows, mostly following the course of the river, which runs along the cooler southern side of the valley. High above the cycling route, you can see the famous marble quarries of Laas/Lasa and Göflan/Covelano. An inclined elevator connects them to the valley. When you reach Göflan, consider a detour to the center of the county capital of Schlanders/Silandro: its attractions include a truly picturesque pedestrian area. Leave Göflan and cycle through apple orchards to Morter.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Vinschgau tourist information
www.vinschgau.net/en
info@vinschgaumarketing.net
0039 0473 620 480

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 22 Schlanders Laas
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 23 Talenge

The gorge at Goldrain/Coldrano, Latsch/Laces and Kastelbell/Castelbello

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There are about ten fortress complexes and stately homes dotted around the narrow pass in the middle of the geographical Vinschgau valley region, which stretches up all the way to the Töll/Tel valley step. They were built very close to each other and helped secure this strategically important location. The most important structures are Schloss Goldrain castle, the educational and cultural center of the Vinschgau valley, Kastelbell/Castelbello with its permanent exhibition on the Via Claudia Augusta, and Reinhold Messner’s summer residence of Juval, high up on the mountain. Blessed with a diverse microclimate offering plenty of sunshine, low precipitation and cool breezes at night, the region is home to a relatively recent tradition of growing a wide variety of quality wines. Kastelbell-Tschars/Castelbello-Ciardes is the largest wine-growing area in the valley, spanning an area of 25.5 hectares. Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Vernatsch, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir ripen here.

Vinschgau Kastelbell Radfahrer
Schloss Kastelbell
Kastelbell Vinschgau
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From Schlanders/Silandro, you cycle across apple orchards, meadows and forests along the cooler southern side of the valley. Cross Morter and reach Latsch/Laces. The route crosses the lively, attractive center of the market town. It then leads you to the Etsch river, and you continue to cycle along its shore and through a gorge to Kastelbell/Castelbello. Like everywhere in the Vinschgau valley, cyclists feel extremely welcome in Kastelbell: the cycling route is the main thoroughfare through the village, a position normally reserved for cars. The tourist information office is right on the route. Continue along the Etsch river and the Vinschgerbahn railway. The railway connects the Vinschgau valley with the other regions of South Tyrol, and it caters perfectly to cyclists.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Vinschgau tourist information
www.vinschgau.net/en
info@vinschgaumarketing.net
0039 0473 620 480

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 24 Unterer Vinschgau

The lower Vinschgau valley, Naturns/Naturno, Plaus, Rabland/Rablà and Partschins/Parcines

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While the municipalities of Naturns/Naturno, Plaus and Partschins/Parcines are geographically part of the Vinschgau valley, they belong to the administrative district of Burggrafenamt and the tourism association of the Meran/Merano and environs. The earliest evidence of human settlement found on the southern mountain pass date back to the Mesolithic. The name ‘Naturns’ comes from the Celts and translates to ‘settlements on the meadow’. Human settlement of this region has continued uninterrupted. One of the two milestones of the Via Claudia Augusta was found in Rabland/Rablà. The Prokuluskirchlein, a little church in the eastern part of Naturns/Naturno, dates back to the 7th century. Its inner frescoes were probably painted in the 8th century, making them the oldest in the German-speaking cultural sphere. Visit the St. Prokulus museum to learn about the history of the region from its multimedial exhibition.

Radler Paar Naturns
Sonnenhang Zwischen Naturns Und Partschins
Malereien Prokuluskirche
Schreibmaschinenmuseum Partschins
Radweg Plaus
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The cycling route crosses apple orchards and verdant meadows, following the Etsch river for long stretches as it leads you to Staben/Stava, Tschirland/Cirlano and Naturns/Naturno. The market town has one of the valley’s most lively centers, offering countless restaurants and shops. Although the cycling route follows the river, you have many opportunities to take a detour to the center. It offers some cultural and historical highlights: the St. Prokulus museum with its didactically well-prepared exhibits and the adjacent Prokuluskirchlein, a little church with spectacular frescoes, some of which date back to the 7th century. Continue along the Etsch river to Plaus and Rabland/Rablà, the site where one of the two historical milestones of the Via Claudia Augusta was discovered. The main district of the municipality of Partschins/Parcines is located a little way uphill from the route. The cycling route continues to the fault scarp at Töll/Tel, the geographical boundary of the Vinschgau valley and the site of a former toll station.

For information about the entire route, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact

www.suedtirol.info/en
info@suedtirol.info
0039 0471 999 999

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 24 Unterer Vinschgau
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 25 Algund, Meran, Marling

The old bridge over the Etsch river in Algund/Lagundo, Marling/Marlengo and Meran/Merano

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The 200-meter terrace near Töll/Tel takes you from the Vinschgau valley into the Mediterranean garden village of Algund/Lagundo. Its lower altitude and sheltered location make this region one of Italy’s warmest: palm trees, cypresses and olive trees grow alongside birch trees and sycamores. There are many gardens with southern plants here. They give the village a feeling of existing simultaneously in the Alps and the Mediterranean. The Roman road had a bridge here. It crossed the Etsch river near Schloss Forst castle, then headed back up the hill and onwards to the panoramic village of Marling/Marlengo on the western slopes above Meran/Merano. To this day, there are bridges over the Etsch river between Algund/Lagundo and Marling/Marlengo. The Brückenkopf museum in Algund/Lagundo tells the story of the historical ones. Two of the most beautiful canal paths lead through the beautiful landscapes dotted with vineyards and apple orchards, the Algunder Waal and the Marlinger Waal. In and around Meran/Merano, you will also find the only wellness spa along the Via Claudia Augusta, the gardens of Schloss Trauttmansdorf castle, and Schloss Tirol castle. The area is a holistic region of well-being awash with mother nature’s ripest bounty.

Panorama Algund Marling Foto Tschaikner
Brücke Algund
Marling Berge Äpfel
Ponte Algund
Radler Etschbrücke Algund
Radler Meran
Radweg Algund
Sessel Via Claudia Augusta Algund
Radweg Algund
Algund Panorama Sessellift
Algund Waalweg
Gartendorf Algund
Lauben Meran Foto Meranerland
Meran Merano Kurstadt
Meran Merano Kurstadt
Meran Merano Kurstadt
Schloss Tirol
Terme Merano
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After passing the fault scarp of Töll/Tel, you enter one of the most spectacular sections of the Via Claudia Augusta cycling route. The garden village of Algund/Lagundo welcomes you with a pergola and oversized chairs from which you have a lovely view. A serpentine road takes you down into the village, where you get to enjoy a truly Mediterranean climate. In Algund/Lagundo and the nearby spa town of Meran/Merano, palm trees and other Mediterranean plants abound. Once you reach the bottom, explore the „Brückenkopf“ museum in Algund/Lagundo. It is dedicated to the remains of the Medieval bridge over the Etsch river that used to stand here. This is probably where the Romans crossed the river, too: it is the last possible section for a crossing before the river becomes as wide as the entire valley itself. Afterwards, you can either follow the cycle route to the edge of Meran/Merano and head to the center of the town to admire the famous covered alley or the spa house. Alternatively, cross the river on the wooden bridge in Algund/Lagundo and follow the old road to Marling/Marlengo.

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 25 Algund, Meran, Marling
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 26 Meran, Bozen

Between Meran/Merano and Bolzano/Bozen: a land of castles

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Between Meran/Merano and Bolzano/Bozen, the Roman road crossed the Etschtal valley along its western slope. Prehistoric settlements existed on its many hills. In Nals/Nalles, archaeologists discovered a house with a underfloor heating system, bathing complex and apsis from late antiquity. The Aschbach river in Gargazon/Gargazzone marked the boundary between the Roman provinces of Rhaetia I and Rhaetia II. To this day, this region is a border region. From the 13th century onwards, countless fortresses sprang up, giving the area the highest density of castles in Europe. Some of the towns in the region are very old: St. George’s Church and St. Margaret’s Church in Lana both date back to the 9th century, for instance. The locals lived off the produce of their land and business which the road brought; some worked in mining. Important silver mines existed in Nals/Nalles and Terlan/Terlano. In the 15th century, as many as 1000 miners were digging for ores in more than 30 pits in Terlan/Terlano alone. From Andrian/Andriano onwards, the Etsch river was navigable, facilitating the transport of silver to the south.

Eppan
Burg Lana
Terlan Pfarrkirche
Rad Lana
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To get from Marling/Marlengo to Bolzano/Bozen, either take the Etschtal cycle path, which runs across the bottom of the valley in a straight line, or cycle through the picturesque villages of Tscherms/Cermes, Oberlana/Lana di Sopra, Mitterlana/Lana di Mezzo, Niederlana/Lana di Sotto, Nals/Nalles and Andrian/Andriano. Each of them has plenty for you to discover. The parish church of Niederlana/Lana di Sotto and the South Tyrolean Museum of Fruit-Growing just around the corner are particularly worth seeing. Keep looking up as you cycle along the route, and you will spot castle upon castle.

For information about the entire route, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact

www.suedtirol.info/en
info@suedtirol.info
0039 0471 999 999

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 26 Meran, Bozen
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Bolzano/Bozen, the capital on the assumed Pons Drusi

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Researchers believe that the Pons Drusi, a bridge on the Roman road that is mentioned in early records, was located at the spot where today’s  Drusus Bridge crosses the Eisack river, a little way to the west of its confluence of the Talfer and the Eisack. Before, it crossed the Etsch and the valley basin at the foot of Siegmundskron castle. The valley basin is occupied entirely by the capital of the autonomous province today. Between 1170 and 1180, the town was built as a planned market settlement with a central street and a marketplace (the Kornplatz).  It was expanded several times later.

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Bozen Museion Fassade Brücke
Bozen Stimmung Abend Waltherplatz
Bozen Panoramaaufnahme
Meilenstein Foto
Bozen Laubengasse, Foto: Tourismusverein Bozen
Bozen Öthi Reconstruction Ochsenreiter
Bozen Funivia Del Renon, Rittner Seilbahn
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Once you reach Frangart/Frangarto, you are in Bolzano/Bozen. Siegmundskron castle thrones above the town. It houses the Messner Mountain Museum, a museum created by the famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner. You can either follow the Etschtal cycle path along the valley, perhaps take a little detour to the city center along the Eisack river, or cycle along the wine road through the villages of Eppan/Apiano and Kaltern am See/Caldaro. The center of Bolzano/Bozen is a melting pot of ancient history and vibrant modernity that blends the German and Italian lifestyles into a unique mixture. Along the Wine Road, which you reach on a former railway track, you can visit famous wine-growing villages and Kalterer See lake.

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The south of South Tyrol: Castelfeder, Endidae, and the Wine Road

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Bridges used to be expensive and difficult to build and maintain. That is why they were few and far between, and a road had to be built into the slopes on both sides of the river. A Roman road probably ran along today’s South Tyrolean Wine Road, crossing the well-known wine-growing villages of St. Pauls/San Paolo, St. Michael/San Michele, Kaltern am See/Caldaro, Tramin/Termeno, Kurtatsch/Cortaccia, Margreid/Magrè, and Kurtinig/Cortina. The Via Claudia Augusta itself is likely to have clung to the eastern slope on its way to the south. It would have led from the foot of the striking Castelfeder hill in Auer/Ora, which has been a site of human settlement for millennia, to the proven Roman road station of Endidae in the modern village of Neumarkt/Egna and onwards to Salorno/Salurn, where the famous Salurner Klause used to be. From Bronzolo/Branzoll near South Tyrol’s southernmost and most recently built city, Laives/Leifers, the Etsch river was navigable by raft. Until the construction of the railway, it was the most important transportation route for the economy of South Tyrol and Trentino.

Castelfeder
Radweg Kaltern
Kaltern Wein See
Neumarkt Lauben
Strassenstation Endidä
Salurner Klause
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The cycling route follows the Etsch river to Vadena/Pfatten, leading you to the edge of the town of Laives/Leifers and onwards to Bronzolo/Branzoll. Between the two towns, the river used to serve the purpose of an alternative transportation route for heavy loads. Just before you reach Auer/Ora, you can cross from the route along the Etsch river to that along the Wine Road or vice versa. The Wine Road route will lead you through the pretty wine-growing villages of Tramin/Termeno, Kurtatsch/Cortaccia, Magreid/Magrè and Kurtinig/Cortina before taking you to Salorno/Salurn. The route along the river first leads to Auer/Ora. This quaint village is situated at the foot of the striking Castelfeder hill. Afterwards, you cycle through Neumarkt/Egna, where the Roman road station of Endidae used to stand. Laag/Laghetti, a district of Neumarkt/Egna, is probably named after a lake that was created by the drift of the Noce river and separated the valley into two parts. As you approach the gorge, you reach the picturesque town of Salorno/Salurn. Haderburg castle, which towers above the town, was built to protect the strategically significant spot that forms the boundary between the German-speaking and Italian-speaking parts of the region today.

For information about the entire route, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org/en
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact

www.suedtirol.info/en
info@suedtirol.info
0039 0471 999 999

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Piana Rotaliana, the fertile wine plain at the language border

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The drift washed up by the Noce river from the Nonstal valley dammed the Etsch river, creating a large lake that filled the entire valley. It formed a natural border between the municipalities in the south of South Tyrol, those of the Nonstal valley, and those to the north of Trento. This made it more difficult for the people of the various localities to interact with each other and contributed to the emergence of the language border between the German-speaking and Italian-speaking areas. Today, the inhabitants of the Piana Rotaliana all speak Italian. But the water also created a border across the region: Mezzocorona (Kronmetz), today’s agricultural center, is culturally more German, while the traditional mercantile centers of Mezzolombardo at the entrance to the Nonstal valley and Lavis at the entrance of the Avisio valley are culturally Italian with impressive palazzi. The lake no longer exists. The soil on the drift from the Noce river is particularly fertile. All of the Piana Rotaliana and its slopes are covered in vineyards, where the famous Teroldego grapes ripen – a regional specialty. The former Foundation of San Michele all’Adige contributed considerably to the flourishing of this region. To this day, its Istituto Agrario is the agricultural competence center of the entire Trentino, and its local-history museum documents the customs and traditions of the state. Of all the palaces and fortresses in the region, the San Gottardo grotto castle behind Mezzocorona is the best known.

Piana Rotalina von oben
Castello Corona
Mezzolombardo historisches Zentrum aus der Luft
San Michele
Lavis Giardino Dei Ciucioi
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If you simply follow the Etschtal cycle path rather than the route through the Piana Rotaliana, you will miss out on quite a few sights. The plain where the Noce flows into the Etsch river is covered nearly entirely in Teroldego grapevines, a variety of grape that originates here. First, the cycling route takes you to Roverè della Luna and Mezzocorona, the agricultural center of the plain, overlooked by the St. Gotthard castle, which was built into a crevice of the rock. A cable car takes you to the Monte plateau on the summit, offering spectacular views of the plain. Mezzolombardo, the next stop on the route, is the commercial center of the region. Traditionally, San Michele used to be its cultural counterpart on account of its monastery. Today, the former monastery houses the agricultural center of Trentino and an interesting museum of local folklore. In the southern part of the Piana Rotaliana lies the former river port of Nave San Rocco, the asparagus-growing town of Zambana, and the town of Lavis, whose beautiful center and hanging gardens make for a lovely walk.

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The Val di Cembra high valley, the Altopiano di Piné plateau, wine and lakes

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Val Di Cembra da San Floriano
Val Di Cembra, Cembra e Faver Visti da Sevignano
Panorama Verla Di Giovo
Piramidi Di Segonzano
Albiano Porphyry Quarry
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The Avisio river forms the boundary between Lavis and the northern parts of Trento, the capital of Trentino. The cycling route runs to Lavis at the edge of the village, where it crosses the river. You return to the banks of the Etsch river once again and cycle to the center of Trento at a leisurely pace. Founded during Roman times, it is the birthplace of the Counter-Reformation. The old town was spruced up impressively in the Renaissance style for the Council of Trent. Buonconsiglio castle also reflects the monumental event. Underneath the city, you can visit excavations of the ancient Roman city of Tridentum. The cycling route towards Altino takes you to the north of the city again, where you will climb the ascent between the Etschtal valley and Valsugana, following the track of the old Roman road. You are treated to lovely views of the city behind you. Along the way, you will pass the Ecomuseo Argentario, which documents the silver mining past of the region. Once you reach the Valsugana, the route takes you past a fortress from the First World War and through pretty villages and stunning natural landscapes. In Pergine, you cycle along the Via Maier road, which dates back to the Renaissance. The cycling route continues along the foot of the Castello di Pergine and above Levicosee lake  as you head towards Levico Terme, a spa and garrison town founded by the Habsburgs.

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Trento (towards Verona, Ostiglia, Po): the Roman traffic hub of Tridentum

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As the name suggests, Trento has Rhaetian origins. It was already an important traffic hub during their time. The Via Claudia Augusta forked in Tridentum. The road leading to the Adriatic port town of Altinum near Venice was the Via Claudia Augusta Altinate; the road leading to the river port of Ostiglia on the Po river was the Via Claudia Augusta Padana. From there, another road led to Rome. The later historical significance of the city is primarily due to the Council of Trent (1545–1563). It initiated the Counter-Reformation and delineated its intellectual foundations. The map of today’s Old Town was shaped significantly during that period. Later, Baroque buildings were added to the Renaissance-style district. Until the invasion of the Napoleonic Troops, the prince-bishops of Trento rules over the city and the surrounding region from the their base in the majestic Buonconsiglio Castle.

Trento
Paganella Brenta Trento, Foto: Gemeinfrei Wikipedia
Trento
Buonconsiglio, Foto: Jakub Halun
Unterirdisches Tridentum Zotta
Loggia Del Buonconsiglio
Trento, Fest, Domplatz
Trento Campanile, Foto: Wikipedia Markus Bernet

The Avisio river forms the boundary between Lavis and the northern parts of Trento, the capital of Trentino. The cycling route runs to Lavis at the edge of the village, where it crosses the river. You return to the banks of the Etsch river once again and cycle to the center of Trento at a leisurely pace. Founded during Roman times, it is the birthplace of the Counter-Reformation. The old town was spruced up impressively in the Renaissance style for the Council of Trent. Buonconsiglio Castle also reflects the monumental event. Underneath the city, you can visit excavations of the ancient Roman city of Tridentum. Those who have chosen to follow the Via Claudia Augusta Padana towards Verona and Ostiglia will continue along the Etsch river, traveling through an area that is only sparsely populated along the actual city boundary.

For information about the entire route, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

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The northern Vallagarina between Trento and Rovereto

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To the south of Trento lies the southernmost part of the Etschtal valley: the Vallagarina. Its captivating landscape has remained wholly unspoilt despite its location between conurbations and along one of Europe’s most important thoroughfares. Historically grown villages nestle in picturesque valleys, mountains and hills lined with sprawling vineyards. Medieval castles punctuate the area.

Rad Vallagarina
 Castello Beseno Vallagarina Etschtal Valle Del Adige Trentino
Castello di Castellano Vallagarina Etschtal Valle del Adige Trentino
Rovereto Vallagarina Besenello Wanderweg
Battaglia di Calliano 1487
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The cycling route continues southwards, partially following the right shore of the Etsch river. Most of the narrow bottom of the valley and the few clearings on the hillside are used to cultivate wine. In between, quaint villages nestle in the wooded mountains, Overlooked by towering castles. If you want to visit Castel Beseno, Besenello is the place you need.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Tourist information from the APT Rovereto e Vallagarina
www.visitrovereto.it
38068 Rovereto, Corso Antonio Rosmini 21

38060 Brentonico (TN), Via F. Filzi 23
info@visitrovereto.it
0039 464 430 363

In summer, information is available from the

Bike and Tourist Info Centers along the route.
38068 Rovereto (TN), Piazzetta della Torre Civica di Borgo Sacco
ciclopoint@visitrovereto.it
0039 347 098 82 50

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The Silk City of Rovereto, a memorial for peace

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Trentino’s second city is the capital of the Vallagarina district. Its charming old town and the important MART gallery of contemporary art make it an important tourist attraction. Historians believe that there used to be an Iron Age settlement here. The Romans had a fort here. This important road and the raft factory on the Etsch river between the Alps and Veneto remained a significant economic factor. Rovereto experienced its heyday in the 18th century, when the silk industry, established by the Venetians, was at its height. The region was one of the most fiercely contested areas in the First World War. Countless forts in the mountains to the east of the city serve as war memorials today. They have given the city its image as a ‘city of peace’.

Vallagarina Landschaft
Rad Vallagarina
Rovereto um 1700
Rovereto Foto Trentino
Piazza Rosmini Rovereto Vallagarina
Rovereto Moderne Kunst Museum
Panorama Rovereto
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The cycling route leads south, taking you along the Etsch river and the western boundary of the city. Do drop into the historical center and the MART art gallery on your way. On the other side of the valley, facing Rovereto, picturesque villages and castles nestle in the landscape. Countless wineries wait to be discovered before you continue your journey southwards.

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Tourist information from the APT Rovereto e Vallagarina
www.visitrovereto.it
38068 Rovereto, Corso Antonio Rosmini 21

38060 Brentonico (TN), Via F. Filzi 23
info@visitrovereto.it
0039 464 430 363

In summer, information is available from the

Bike- und Tourist-Info along the route
38068 Rovereto (TN), Piazzetta della Torre Civica di Borgo Sacco
ciclopoint@visitrovereto.it
0039 347 098 82 50

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The southern part of the Vallagarina and the border area

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The border between Trentino and Veneto runs south of the Vallagarina. Here, the Etschtal valley turns into the plain of the Pianura Padana. This region used to be heavily contested. Until 1919, it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The German names of the local towns and villages date back to that time, and the influence of the German cultural sphere is omnipresent. All over the southern Vallagarina, you will find lovely landscapes and picture-perfect villages.

Castello Avio Vallagarina Trentino
Rovereto Vallagarina Ala Palazzo Pizzini
Dino Spuren Wand
Ornithopods Zeichnung John Conway
Grotta Rio Malo Covelo Ai Piccoli Foto Alpe Cimbra
Rad Vallagarina
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The cycling route continues along the Etsch river, tracing its right shore in some places and its left in others. Every now and then, it will lead you away from the river for a quick tour of a local vineyard or village. Near Mori, the route crosses the river. From there, you will cycle for another 13 kilometers before reaching the famous Trentino resort towns on Lake Garda: Torbole and Riva. Another  13-kilometers cycle then takes you to Brentonico, a  municipality located on a plateau above the valley. Take a break to visit the botanics and the fossil museum. 

For information, contact

Via Claudia Augusta Info
www.viaclaudia.org
info@viaclaudia.org
0043 664 27 63 555

For specific questions about the region, contact the

Tourist information from the APT Rovereto e Vallagarina
www.visitrovereto.it
38068 Rovereto, Corso Antonio Rosmini 21

38060 Brentonico (TN), Via F. Filzi 23
info@visitrovereto.it
0039 464 430 363

In summer, information is available from the

Bike- und Tourist-Info along the route
38068 Rovereto (TN), Piazzetta della Torre Civica di Borgo Sacco
ciclopoint@visitrovereto.it
0039 347 098 82 50

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Veronese Vallagarina: Brentino Belluno and Dolcè to the Chiusa di Ceraino.

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As you leave Borghetto, you enter Veneto – or, to be precise, the Venetian province of Verona. Geographically, the area stretching to the gorge of Rivoli Veronese still belongs to the Vallagarina. It has always been a transit region, and its first settlers  arrived here early. The first traces of human activity found here back to the Stone Age. Even the oldest traces of human settlement of the region date to pre-Roman times. At the time of the Via Claudia Augusta, there was a road station in this area. Today, the Veronese Vallagarina  is more sparsely populated than the section of the valley that lies in Trentino. The area between Monte Baldo and the Lessinia National Park is a significant wine-growing region and the home of Enantio Wine.  

Rad Monte Baldo
Belluno Veronese Foto Wikipedia
Brentino Belluno Cascata
Brentino Belluno Rivalta Unico Ponte
Dolce Panorama
Rad Monte Baldo
Palazzo Dolce
Dolce Treno
Engstelle
Lessinia
Lessinia
Lessinia
Brentino Belluno
Monte Baldo Adige
Santuario Madonna Della Corona
Sentiero Santuario
Sentiero Santuario
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In the Veronese part of the Vallagarina, the cycling route traces the old national road. While this has the disadvantage of traffic, it allows cyclists to take in the villages along the way: Belluno Veronese, Rivalta (the main district of the municipality of Veronese), Brentino Belluno, and so on. If you wish to take a detour to Dolcè with its lovely, historical center and three stately palazzi, cross the river at Rivalta, then head back the same way. To this day, there are only very few bridges over the Etsch river in this part of the valley.

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RIVOLI VERONESE AND GARDA VERONESE

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The Ceraino gorge marks the end of the Etschtal valley. On various occasions when the river ran high, it flooded completely and became impassable. That is why the Via Claudia Augusta, much like the modern highway, ran from the Vallagarina up to the plateau on which Rivoli Veronese is situated today. From Rivoli, you have access to the Venetian part of Lake Garda and its famous resort towns, such as Bardolino and Lazise, as well as Verona and the Po Plain. Due to its central location, Rivoli has always been a significant town. Its plateau was the site of a major battle between Napoleon’s army and the troops of the Habsburg Monarchy. Later, the House of Habsburg established the Forte Wohlgemuth, which still thrones above the valley to this day.

Rivoli Veronese Forte Wohlgemuth
Rivoli Veronese Verona Monte Bald
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Like the Roman road, the cycling route runs from the Vallagarina up to the plateau on which Rivoli Veronese is situated. A beautiful, winding cycling path with a steady incline was built for this very purpose. Once you reach the top, panoramic views of the valley will reward your efforts. The Austro-Hungarian Forte Wohlgemuth is an attraction worth visiting. From Rivoli, you can easily reach the resort towns of Bardolino and Lazise.

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Valpolicella

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Mention Valpolicella and you will inevitably think of the Recioto and Amarone, the only surviving wines from antiquity. They have been around for two millennia. Valleys and mountain ridges unfold through the area like the fingers of a hand. These ancient wine-growing landscapes and the traditions associated with it will captivate you at any point of the warm season: from the delicate, fresh shades of green that cover the region in spring to the purples and reds of the grapes that color the area in autumn. The landscape is punctuated by several natural and architectural monuments. 

Rad Valpolicella
Fumane Villa Della Torre Cazzola
Ponte Di Veja Valpolicella
Rad Valpolicella

After spending some time in Rivoli, follow the irrigation channel which was established during Mussolini ‘s reign, until you reach Bussalengo. The road crosses the river and you continue on the left shore of the Etsch river towards the edge of the Valpolicella, where the Via Claudia Augusta used to be. Even before you reach the bridge, you will be treated to a beautiful view of the area across the river. If you wish to see more of the Valpolicella, you can cross the river earlier, at Sant’Ambrogio, the northern gateway into the valley. After a tour of the popular wine-growing region, you will already reach the suburbs of Verona. 

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THE RHAETIAN CITY OF VERONA – HISTORICAL CENTER SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE ALPS

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Verona is the second largest city on the Via Claudia Augusta leading to Augsburg. It was originally founded by the Rhaetians and the Euganei. Around 550 B. C., the Gaulish tribe of the Cenomani conquered the settlement, and in 89 B. C., it became a Roman colony. It was no coincidence that its Roman conqueror was the very same emperor who initiated the construction of the transalpine road and the establishment of an important city at the gateway to the Alps: Augustus. The arena, in which the famous opera festival takes place every year nowadays, was built a little later. It predates the Colosseum in Rome. After the Romans left, an eventful period began. Verona only gained independence in the early 12th century. Its much-visited old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Rad Valpolicella
Bike Rad Arena Verona
Verona Foto Biermann
Ponte Pietra Romana Verona
Stadtmauer Verona
Verona Arena Municipio
Verona Häuserzeile
Verona Arena Piazza
Arena und normale Häuser nebeneinander
Romeo Julia Balkon
Foto Biermann
Verona piazza Erbe from Lamberti
Museo Archeologico Verona
Duomo Verona
Lunetta Duomo di Verona
Verona Basilica di San Zeno
Colline di Verona
Verona Arena Blick durch Tor in die Stadt
Verona Arena Gang
Verona Arena Stufen in die Arena
Verona Arena Blick hinaus aus Haupttor
Panorama Arena Di Verona Von Innen
Verona Arena Stufen Ala Himmel
Verona Ala Dell Arena
Verona Municipio
Sonnenuntergang über Arena
Arena Di Verona Aida Giuseppe Verdi
Arena Verona Aida Trompeten
Via Mazzini Verona
Panorama Arena Nacht
Verona Ala Nachthimmel
Verona Ponte Pietra Sunset
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The cycling route leads into the City of Verona, where it crosses the Etsch river the first time. Following a tour of the district of Borgo, it crosses the river once again before taking you to the  oldest part of the city, which dates back to Roman times. It leads you through some of the most beautiful parts of the historical old town. All sights are within reach. After taking you almost directly past the Verona Arena, you leave the city westwards.

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THE PO PLAIN: THE BREADBASKET OF ITALY

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The wide plain stretching towards the horizon on both sides of the Po river is one of Italy’s most fertile and, in turn, most densely populated areas. Due to the relatively cold winters, tropical fruit have never been grown here on a large scale. Today, sugar beets, sweetcorn, wheat, and wine make up most of the crops cultivated along Italy’s largest river. The agricultural fields surrounding Verona bear a wider variety of produce, as they have always supplied the city itself. Historically and culturally, the towns are closely connected to the city, too. There are especially many connections to the Scaligeri, the ruling family of Verona in the late Middle Ages. The historical route of the Via Claudia Augusta is said to correspond to today’s railway track from Verona to Ostiglia. That is why our travel route takes you through the towns along that railway line – after a quick detour through the wine-growing region surrounding Custoza and the ‘fruit and vegetable garden’ of the city.

Isola Della Scala
Villafranca Castello Poebene Pianura
Cerea Villa Dionisi E Museo Po Ebene
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The south of Verona is not particularly rich in attractions, so the cycling route takes you out of the city westwards. You will travel through Sommacampagna and Custoza, a well-known wine-growing region. After cycling through Castelfranco with its striking Castello, you head towards Castel D‘Azzano. You then continue towards Ostiglia, passing through Vigasio and  the center of Europe’s main rice-growing area around Isola della Scala on the way. Before you reach Ostiglia, the route takes you through the Paludi di Ostiglia, an extensive marshland.

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Ancient river port of Ostiglia in the risotto rice region

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In Roman times, Ostiglia was called Hostilia. It was an important river port on the Po. According to the milestone of Rabland/Rablà, it is the starting point of the Via Claudia Augusta. From here, goods were transported downriver and across the river, from where the Via Claudia Augusta continued to the south. Today, Ostiglia is still a traffic hub, where the state road 482 ‘Alto Polesine’, coming from Mantua, crosses with the state road 12 dell‘Abetone e del Brennero , coming from Verona. In the 17th century, the people of this region began to grow rice, which the Italians use to make their beloved risotto.

Po Ostiglia Lombardia Mantova
Ostiglia Stadt Lombardia Mantova
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Like many of Europe’s waterways, Italy’s longest river is traced by a riverside cycling path. It connects interesting towns, quirky cities, plenty of culture and history, and a lot of agriculture and typical products. The Po Plain has always been Italy’s breadbasket. It is just as well that the cycling path that leads through it is one of Italy’s flattest.

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