South Tyrolean Wine & Alpine Pasture Trail

South Tyrolean Wine & Alpine Pasture Trail

Italy » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Taste the South Tyrolean wine
  • Dip into the thermal springs of Meran
  • Romantic Alpine hikes, idillyc alleys in Bolzano
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From 580 €

Duration (days): 7

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Marvel at vineyards and apple orchards as far as the eye can see, during the first part of your week of walking. Starting from the well-known spa town of Meran you walk along the South Tyrolean wine route, past historic castles and palaces. Again and again idyllic wine-growing villages along the way invite you to a brief break and to sample the countless South Tyrolean delicacies with wine and apples as staple ingredients. Another highlight of the tour is a detour to the provincial capital Bozen. This town oozes elegance and Italian flair with its quaint arbour alleys and the hussle bussle on the busy square ‚Piazza Walther’. After having experienced this amazing town meanwhile, you finally reach the sunny high plateau  Mölten where you can enjoy the marvellous quiet and nature at its finest! Alpine pastures in full bloom, clear larch forests and grazing cattle, whose milk is turned into delicious specialities there and then. During the whole walking experience you are accompanied by countless panoramic views, for instance, onto the jaggered peaks of the Dolomites, the Sarnthaler Alps, the most fertile Etsch valley or lake Kalterer See.
You walk on well-maintained walking paths, on ‚Waalwegen’ (old irrigation systems) and in sections on forest roads and asphalted paths. Technically an easy tour, for walking times of 4 to 4.5 hours a good basic fitness level is required.

Day 1: Individual arrival in Meran
Discover the countless enchanting corners of Meran during a stroll through this spa town, a favourite dwelling spot of the Empress Sissi. After a walk through its arbour alleys, relax along the promenade of the raging river Passer.
Day 2: Meran - Nals
Along the path ‚Marlinger Waalweg’, the longest Waal of South Tyrol into the ‚apple metropolis’ Lana. On your way marvellous views onto Meran and the Etsch valley until Bozen await. Through deciduous forests you ascend all the way to Tisens, famous for its sweet chestnuts. The second section of Day 2 brings you to  an area teeming with castles, in Nals the 3 castles Stachelburg, Schwanburg and Payrsberg await. Walking time approx. 5.5 hours, 19km, +550m, -550m. 
Day 3: Nals – Bozen
A wonderful walk past palaces and castles along the high-altitude path with a fantastic view. Part of the way leads you along the 3-castle route into the well-known wine-growing village of Eppan with its extensive wine growing areas and the characteristic flair of the South Tyrolean wine route. Then a short bus ride into the provincial capital Bozen. Enjoy the Italian flair in the arbour alleys and whilst sipping a cappuccino on  Waltherplatz square. Walking time: approx. 4 hours, 11km, +480m, -400m..
Day 4: Bozen - Mölten
In the morning take the cable car to Jenesien and experience South Tyrol’s most stunning facets. Starting with a unique panoramic view from lake Kalterer See over the castles and palaces along the wine route to the jaggered rockfaces of the Dolomites. Walk across vast meadows dotted with horses and cattle and through clear forests with ancient larch trees until you reach the village of Mölten on the high plateau of the Tschöggelberg mountain. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours, 11km, +480m, -420m.
Day 5: Circular walk Mölten
The picturesque village of Mölten, situated above 1100 m is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Meadows  covered in flowers, insanely fragrant larch forests and alpine pastures right up to the ‚Steinerne Mandln’ (stoney people) invite to a relaxing walk. Nature at its finest as well as breathtaking distant views onto the Etsch valley right at your feet and numerous impressive mountain peaks are a constant companion on this  circular walk. Walking time: approx. 4 hours, 14km, +610m, -900m. 
Day 6: Mölten - Meran
The final leg of this tour takes you across a glorious Alpine pasture scenery with green meadows and grazing cattle to the Leadner Alp, where you simply have to taste their home-made dumpling specialities. After a hearty break your tour continues along the panoramic high-altitude path to Trauttmannsdorff palace. Please visit the magnificent parks and landscaped gardens before you descend into the centre of Meran. Walking time: approx. 5 hours, 13km, +600m, -90m.
Day 7: Individual departure or extra days

Accommodation and luggage transportation:

Pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels on bed & breakfast. Luggage transfers are included.

Price: 580 Euro (+ 40 Euro/person for all arrivals between mid-July and end of August)

Single room supplement: 130 Euro

Halfboard supplement (min 3-course meal): 170 Euro

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes:
Accommodation and meals as mentioned under Itinerary; Luggage transfer; Cable car ascent fare Jenesien; Carefully elaborated route; Detailed route instructions in English; Service-Hotline

The price does not include:
Other meals; Fares for public transport; Entrance charges; Bus fare from Eppan – Bozen, Vöran - Meran (optional) approx. EUR 6 per person; visitors' taxes (payable locally);

The trek is available for Saturday & Sunday arrivals only between mid-May and mid-October. Meran (Merano) is well connected by train to all major cities in Northern Italy and also Innsbruck and other major towns in Austria.