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St. Oswald Promenade

The St. Oswald Promenade leads from Sant’Antonio to Roncolo Castle and finally to the vineyard slopes of Santa Maddalena.

The St. Oswald Promenade proceeds in the north and east of Bolzano, between Sant'Antonio at the entrance to the Val Sarentino valley and the famous wine-growing area of Santa Maddalena. The path along the slopes of the Monte Tondo mountain dates back - such as the Guncina Promenade - to more than a century ago and was named after the minnesinger Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376 - 1445). The extension to Santa Maddalena followed some years later.

The promenade is lined by a mixed forest of downy oaks, fern-lead beeches and bushes from meridional realms growing on the porphyry rock. Information panels tell about the local flora and fauna and about the illustrious sons of the town, such as the architect Karl Ritter von Müller (1821 - 1909). Also two towers of porphyry conglomerate, similar to a pyramid, soar from the forest. These are called "Wilde Mander" (Wild Men) and are typical for the St. Oswald Promenade.

Starting point of the walk is the Lungotalvera Promenade near the Talvera Meadows which leads northwards to Sant'Antonio. From there, serpentines lead up the hill - this section can perfectly be combined with a visit to Castel Roncolo, the "Painted Castle". Finally the trail reaches the well-known Eberle tavern near Santa Maddalena, a picturesque winegrowing hamlet above the quarter of Rencio (375 m a.s.l.). The way back to the starting point follows the same trail, alternatively there are the urban buses passing and stopping at Rencio.

The St. Oswald Promenade is currently closed between the Peter Ploner Junction and the Hotel Eberle.
(current state: April 2021)

Length: 2.5 hours
Trail length: 6.1 km
Altitude difference: 140 m

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