Vinschgau is in the west of South Tyrol. It is surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Sesvenna Group and the Ötztal and Ortler Alps. You can already imagine that this is the perfect starting point for many road bike tours on impressive pass roads. The most breath-taking of them is surely the road crossing the Stelvio Pass. With 48 curves and 1,869 altitude metres is this one of the highest-situated accessible crossings in the Alps. There is a reason why this road is firm part of the Giro d’Italia.
Tips for road cycling tours in Vinschgau
But this region offers something for leisure bikers too. Panorama cycle tracks through the valley are a great alternative or complement the challenging routes uphill to the surrounding passes. One of those tours is the Etschtal Cycle Track along the ancient Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. The route is 80 kilometres long and leads from the Reschen Pass through historic villages to the spa town of Merano.
Vinschgau also scores highly when it comes to cultural aspects. A mixture of tradition and innovation makes this region also interesting for culture lovers. The bell tower peeking out of Lake Reschensee, the already mentioned Via Claudia Augusta or the two Messner Mountain Museums are an absolute must.
Roadbike highlights of the region
- Stelvio Pass road
- Three-country tour: Italy, Switzerland, Austria
What does the roadbike expert say?
Road biking in Vinschgau in South Tyrol is full of variety. Here you cycle across the Stelvio Pass road or leisurely along the Via Claudia Augusta. The perfect starting point for your road bike tours are our ”Roadbike Holidays“ hotels at this destination. The road bike hotels are specialised in road bikers. They offer, for example, a substantial breakfast for sportsmen and women, guided road bike tours, tour tips from the proprietors and facilities for the safe storage of your road bike.
Your road bike tours in Vinschgau include many impressive pass roads, in particular the queen’s stage - the Stelvio Pass road. 48 bends and 1,869 altitude metres await you on this tour. Being in good condition is a must for this tour. The panorama cycle routes in the valley, for example the Adige Cycle Route along the ancient Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta, are more leisurely. Starting from the Reschen Pass, you cycle a total of 80 kilometres through historic villages to the spa town of Merano.