Oltradige Cycle Route: Bolzano - Appiano - Caldaro

The former Oltradige Railway Line is nowadays a popular cycle route with some gentle gradients.

The starting point of the Oltradige Cycle Route can be found at the Adige Bridge near the Firmiano (Sigmundskron) train station below the eponymous castle. It is accessible from the town centre of Bolzano along the cycle track which follows the course of the Isarco river towards south. Branching off at the junction towards Merano and following this track for a kilometre we reach a little level crossing - nearby there’s the above mentioned Adige truss bridge.

Shortly afterwards the gentle uphill ride to the former train station of San Michele Appiano starts. It leads through a landscape characterised by a mixed forest which overgrows the red porphyr rocks of volcanic origin. Arrived at the village of Frangarto we cycle through the famous vineyards beneath Cornaiano and pass San Paolo. For some hundred metres the Oltradige Cycle Route follows the bypass road of Appiano through the new underpass with its cycle tunnel, one of a few tunnels along the track. They date back to the times of the Oltradige Railway Line operating between Caldaro and Bolzano. An old steam locomotive in Caldaro comes into sight: it doesn’t only remember those times gone by, but represents also the final destination of our cycling tour.

This short tour has only some gentle gradients to overcome and offers wonderful views on the highlights of the Oltradige area: vineyards, fruit orchards, castles and historic villages. The cycling trip to Caldaro can be done in about one hour, the way back - leading slightly downhill - requires less time.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Route: Bolzano - Caldaro Cycle Route (Oltradige)

Cycling time: about 1 hour (each direction)
Distance: approx. 14 km

Altitude difference: 200 m (gentle gradients)
Road surface: continuously asphalted path
Starting point: Bolzano town centre (Piazza Verdi square)
Destination: old steam locomotive in Caldaro (Wine Route)
Access to the route from: Bolzano, Appiano and Caldaro

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Elefant
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    Hotel Elefant

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  2. Hotel Traubenheim
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    Hotel Traubenheim

  3. Gasthof Hotel Terzer
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    Gasthof Hotel Terzer

  4. Hotel Matscher
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    Hotel Matscher

  5. Hotel Mandelhof
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    Hotel Mandelhof

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