The tour proceeds through the woods and vineyards around the highest located component locality of Caldaro.
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We suggest to do this 20 km long tour it in spring, autumn or in the evening hours in summer, in order to enjoy the shade of the Mendola Ridge. We start on the parking space of the valley station of the Mendola Funicular in Sant’Antonio (St. Anton) in Caldaro and cycle towards Castelvecchio (Altenburg) for about 1 km. We turn to our right, where we take the forest road no. 523 into the direction of the “Ziegelstadel”, a forest station.
We pass the forest hut and keep on biking the forest road no. 9 to the Gummererhof farm, a short but steep section. Then we take the path no. 10 which leads us downhill to Termeno. We pass the bridge at Castel Rechtental where we find later on the sign of the hiking trail to Lake Caldaro (KS). This trail - more or less a single trail - we suggest only for experienced mountain bikers. At Lake Caldaro, this trail leads us to the South Tyrolean Wine Road. Alternative route: at the castle we go on through Termeno until we reach the Wine Road, and then towards Caldaro and Bolzano.
Now we take the road no. 2 which leads off from the Wine Road to San Giuseppe al Lago (St. Josef am See), where we have to bike uphill. We keep on going into the direction of Caldaro and follow the signs of the Mendola Funciular, where we reach our starting point after a last uphill ride. This MTB tour offers a big variety of landscapes - villages, woods and vineyards - and also the characters of the roads are interesting: asphalt, forest road, single trail - all there!
Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: Sant’Antonio, valley station of the Mendola Funicular
Distance: approx. 20.5 km
Cycling time: 2 to 2.5 hours (in total)
Signposts: no. 523, 9, 10, KS (alternatively Wine Road), 2
Altitude level: between 260 and 890 m a.s.l.
Altitude difference: 790 m
Road surface: asphalt, gravel road (forest path), single trail