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Explore South Tyrol by bike

A mountain bike tour through Val Pusteria/Pustertal and the areas around the Hotel St. Veit is just the right thing for active holidaymakers who want to explore the most beautiful spots in South Tyrol on two wheels and see lots of scenery.

The nearly all flat Val Pusteria/Pustertal cycle route runs through the entire Val Pusteria/Pusterta – from Rio di Pusteria/ Mühlbach to Lienz in East Tyrol. It is 105 kilometres long and can be conquered in stages. Another highlight is the cross-border Drauradweg cycle path, which leads from San Candido/Innichen to Lienz.

For avid mountain bikers, there are five mountains with varying characteristics which you can explore. In addition to the well-known Stoneman Trail, the Giro Bike Tour, the Giro Enduro single track tour and the Dolomiti Superbike track, an additional new mountain bike tour has been added: the single trail "Erla" on the Stiergarten. With the 3 Zinnen Mountain Card, you can use the lifts with your bike free of charge and for an unlimited number of times (excluding Baranci/Haunold).

To give you a few tips we have selected some mountain bike tours and cycling routes that suit both ambitious and experienced mountain bikers as well as leisurely cyclists.

Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal – Lienz (valley cycle path)

Starting point:Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal (San Candido/Innichen, Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villabassa/Niederdorf)
End:Lienz in eastern Tyrol
Route:Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal – Arnbach – Sillian – Abfaltersbach – along the Drava/Drau river to Lienz
Distance:46 km
Time:2-3 hours
Difference in altitude:500 m
Level of difficulty:easy

This cycling tour leads along a well signposted cycle path and is suitable for all kinds of bikes. Its start in Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal is higher than the final destination in Lienz. The approx. 45 km can therefore be conquered without any major effort. The tour is highly recommended for families with children as well as beginner cyclists. The return trip to San Candido/Innichen, Dobbiaco/Toblach or Villabassa/Niederdorf is in a comfortable bike train with its own compartment for bikes.

Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal – Brunico/Bruneck (valley cycle path)

Starting point:Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal
Route:Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal – Monteguelfo/Welsberg – Valdaora di sopra/di mezzo/di sotto/Oberolang/Mitterolang/Niederolang – Brunico/Bruneck.  
Distance:approx. 35 km
Time:3 hours
Difference in altitude:400 m, but with a few very difficult sections
Level of difficulty:moderate
Tip:Return by train

The cycle tour leads over some tarmacked and some well prepared gravel paths, over fields and through forests and runs to the left of the Val Pusteria/Pustertal main road to Brunico/Bruneck. You can enjoy the wonderful nature of Val Pusteria/Pustertal during this exceptionally varied cycling tour.

"Sesto/Sexten" mountain bike tour

Difference in altitude:1,245 m
Level of difficulty:high
Time:4 hours

The circular tour over 35.2 km is challenging and has steep sections. The descents are not difficult technically and you get to know the Sesto/Sexten valley from its most beautiful side.

Sesto/Sexten – Monte Croce/Kreuzberg – Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiese

Difference in altitude:1,032 m
Level of difficulty:high
Time:3 ¼ hours

A technically difficult tour over 33.5 km, with a section where bikes have to be pushed after the Alpe di Nemes/Nemesalm alpine pasture hut. A small section of the route leads through the Veneto region. After the beautifully situated Prati di Croda Rossa/Rotwandwiese a gravel road leads back down to the valley.

Sesto/Sexten – Monte Elmo/Helm

Difference in altitude::1,272 m
Level of difficulty:high
Time: 4 ½ hours

The long climb makes this 36.5 km long tour difficult, the very steep section after the Leckfeldalm alpine pasture in particular requires strength and stamina. You are rewarded with a stunning panorama during a break after the Leckfeldsattel and then it's all downhill from there.

San Candido/Innichen – San Silvestro/Silvester hut (climb from Dobbiaco/Toblach)

Difference in altitude:650 m
Level of difficulty:easy to moderate
Time:2-2 ½ hours

Near the Kaiserwasser factory at the western end of the village of San Candido/Innichen you cycle along a tarmacked track (San Candido/Innichen – Dobbiaco/Toblach cycle path) to Dobbiaco/Toblach train station. From there the tour runs along the road through Dobbiaco/Toblach and then in the direction of Wahlen to the Enzian hut. After an easy climb at the start you continue on a tarmacked road and on an easy to cycle forest path along the San Silvestro/Silvester river straight on to the San Silvestro/Silvester hut.

San Candido/Innichen – Val Campo di Dentro/Innerfeldtal – Rifugio Tre Scarperi/Dreischusterhütte

Difference in altitude:350 m
Level of difficulty:easy to moderate
Time:1-1 ½ hours

From San Candido/Innichen via the cycle path (San Candido/Innichen – Sesto/Sexten) to the "Heilquellen Wildbad" fork in the path and then on to the signpost "To the Rifugio Tre Scarperi/Dreischusterhütte". The tarmacked road climbs moderately up to a car park. After the barrier you can see the Rifugio Tre Scarperi/Dreischusterhütte through a forest opening in Val Campo di Dentro/Innerfeldtal after a few kilometres.

San Candido/Innichen – forest path to Lago di Dobbiaco/Toblacher See

Difference in altitude:50 m
Level of difficulty:easy
Time:1 hour

From the Erschbaum sports centre on the left along a forest path, past the Kaiserwasser factory towards Dobbiaco/Toblach. The easy to cycle path leads past the source of the Drava/Drau river source, past a shooting range and merges into the main road to Cortina near the Pension Emma in Dobbiaco/Toblach. Cross the road there by the Hotel Santer and continue on the Dobbiaco/Toblach – Cortina cycle path to Lake Dobbiaco/Toblacher See.

San Candido/Innichen – Alpe di Nemes/Nemesalm

Difference in altitude:775 m
Level of difficulty:moderate
Time:2 ½-3 hours

When you reach Monte di Mezzo/Mitterberg Fortress, follow a forestry trail and signs to Alpe di Nemes/Nemesalm, past Rifugio Pendio Monte Elmo/Helmhang hut (1,610 m) up to the "Negerdorf" resort. From there, a road leads slightly uphill to a junction with two short descents. You can either turn right and return straight to Moso/Moos, or turn left and climb a rather steep road up to Klammbachalm hut (1,944 m). From the hut, continue straight past the meadows all the way to Alpe di Nemes/Nemesalm (1,950 m).

Dolomites – Stoneman trail

Level of difficulty:high
Time:one day

You can join the 120 kilometre long Stoneman trail from four different locations. All in all you will need to conquer a total of 4,000 metres difference in altitude. Twice a week you have the opportunity to jump on your bike together with the “Dolomite man” Roland Stauder and to live this unique biking-experience in the Dolomites. Anyone who conquers the entire tour with all five stamps (Cornetto di confine/Markinkele 2,545 m, Sillianerhütte 2,447 m, Passo Silvella/Kniebergsattel 2,329 m, Valgrande 1,362 m, Croda Rossa/Rotwand cable car top station 1,900 m) in one, two or three days, receives a distinguished Stoneman trophy.

Why not browse for a while and find the mountain bike tour that appeals to you most. We wish you a magical time on your mountain or road bike.

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