Kalterer Hohenweg Kaltern Eppan
Kalterer Hohenweg Kaltern Eppan

On the Caldaro High Route to San Michele Appiano

Autumn hike from the intermediate station of the Mendola Funicular to the village centre of Appiano on the Wine Route.

The intermediate station of the Mendola Funicular above San Antonio Caldaro is the starting point of our autumn hike at the foot of Mount Mendola. This funicular steeped in history offers recently also an intermediate station - we tell the driver that we’d like to get off there. It’s mid-October and mist enfolds the landscape.

Our hike leads us first on a wide forest path in a northerly direction and then we turn into a narrow and partly steep trail through the colourful deciduous forest. Above San Nicolò Caldaro the Caldaro High Route (Kalterer Höheweg) crosses the stony Mendola Trail (Mendelsteig). We continue our walk on a forest path and cross the Mendola road twice in order to reach Masaccio (Matschatsch) on the Monte Ganda mountain.

We rest on a beautiful clearing - the sun has chased away the mist and the clear blue sky forms a beautiful contrast to the autumnal coloured forest. The trail no. 7 proceeds downhill to the Steinegger tavern where we turn into the path no. 540 past the Moos, Englaro and Ganda Castles to Pigano and San Michele Appiano. Past the Dominican Church we finally reach the Via Stazione road and the bus stop - by bus we turn back to San Antonio Caldaro. This is a really nice autumn walk to explore the landscape of the Oltradige area.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: intermediate station of the Mendola Funicular above San Antonio Caldaro
Route: Caldaro High Route
Signposts: no. 9, 7, 540
Distance: approx. 10.5 km
Walking time: about 3 hours
Altitude difference: 330 m (ascent), 650 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 410 and 890 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: October 2010
Further information: Caldaro tourist board, phone: +39 0471 963469

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