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Relive ‘ITA VRG 01 Brennero-Vipiteno/Brenner-Sterzing’

Tuesday 11° / 8 ° CWednesday 14° / 8 ° CThursday 17° / 8 ° C
Place of Departure BRENNER/BRENNER
Place of Arrival STERZING/STERZING
Lenghth – KM 16,50
Nation of the route Italy
Region Trentino Alto Adige
Uphill Gap 190 mt.
Downhill Gap 610 mt.
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot
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The history of the Brenner is closely connected with the pass which takes its name from the Breunes, a tribe settled in the upper Isarco Valley and over the waershed, in Roman times. A region they called Vallis Vipitina. In the 2nd C. a.D. the Romans built a military road, some of whose milestones are still standing, since the age of Marc Aurel, Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Significant remains of this road are in full view for long stretches near the modern roads. Worthy of notice, in Brenner town, is St. Valentine’s Church built on the site where in 565 a sanctuary to St Valentine had been built. The bell tower was built in the 16th C. whereas the body of the church and the portal were built in the 15th C. For those interested in matters concerning World War II, a bunker can be visited by climbing 84 steps above the church.

The first stage does not present difficulties, developing in mainly downhill paths, along the the river bank Isarco / Eisack to its source. We start from over 1300 meters a.s.l. from the Passo del Brennero / Brenner Pass to reach Vipiteno / Sterzing at an altidude of a.s.l. 950m

We begin our journey to Rome. Starting from the train station we cross the town and we head to the cycle path that starts behind the church of San Valentino. The route follows the ancient railway, transformed into a cycle path. After 3.5km we are at the Terme del Brennero / Brennerbad; due to work we are forced to return on the main road for 300m, then we take the cycle path to the right. Passing through 2 tunnels, we overcome what remains of the old toll booths and the Ponticolo station; at the crossroads we leave the bike path and turn left onto the road, heading for Colle Isarco / Gossensass that we see below. 200m a bend to the right, another 200m and at the fork turn left; 300m and turn right to continue straight, after another 200m, on a path that leads us to the first houses of the village; turn left, after 100m to the right, then left; 100m and enter the cemetery. After visiting the chapel of S.Barbara, we go down the steps of the miners. We turn left and arrive on the Brennero state road. We turn left, cross and take via Posta Vecchia (sent.n.2) to the right. We climb and pass under the highway; 150 and leave the road for hiking path n.21 that takes us into a beautiful forest of conifers after 1,3km we leave the forest, turn right and arrive at Castel Strasberg, descend to the small farming village of Novale di Sopra; turn left and go up, walking among meadows and various cultivations. After the farm house we take the path on the left and go back into the woods; 200m and take the left path, then another 200m and go right; 1km and start to descend and after a bar we return to the meadows on a dirt track and arrive in sight of Vipiteno. We descend to the railway, which we follow for a while, we under pass the rail way tracks, then on the right of the road, we cross the river Isarco / _Eisack and arrive in the main square of Vipiteno / Sterzing, under the Torre dei dodici / Zwölferturm.

 

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani end  Download File PDF

Bold type for structures we already used
Red type for structures we have an arrangement (with Credential*)
(*) Prices might change for special situations: please book early and ask for confirmation
In some places it is difficult to find accommodation only for one night: we suggest you to take accommodation for more nights, using, for your movements, the comfortable and cheap local trains, route Brenner-Trento-Bassano del Grappa.

How to arrive

From Airport (BOLOGNA, VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Verona FS Railway Station TRAIN -(www.trenitalia.com) Verona FS Railway Station – Brenner FS Railway Station BUS/LOCAL TRAIN – (www.ritten.com/out.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sii.bz.it%2Fit&l=it) Bolzano FS Railway Station – Brenner FS Railway Station

Where to eat

  TYPICAL DISHES = Suedtirol TYPICAL DISHES = Gallorosso
Despar Via S.Valentino,30 – 39041 BRENNERO
Eurospin Strada Statale Abetone – 39041 BRENNERO
Lidl Via Stazione,37 – 39040 VAL DI VIZZE – BZ
Pensione Villa Maria Citta Vecchia,33  39049 – VIPITENO 0472-767622 info@pension-villa-maria.com www.pension-villa-maria.com
Albergo Silbergasser Brennerbad 5, 39041 – TERME DI BRENNERO 0472-631158 info@silbergasser.it www.silbergasser.it
Olimpia hotel Via Karl Von Etzel, 10 – 39041 – Brennero-BZ 0472 631163 albergoolimpia@gmail.com www.suedtirol.info/it/alloggi/albergo-olimpia_a_1500
Pension Pichler Via Notenburg 1, 39042 – COLLE ISARCO 0472-632406 info@aparthotel-pichler.com www.aparthotel-pichler.com
Albergo Alpenhof Strange 4,   39043 – COLLE ISARCO 0472 632346 info@pensionalpenhof.it www.pensionalpenhof.it
Hotel Schuster Pfarrgasse 1, 39044 – COLLE ISARCO 0472-632322 info@hotel-schuster.com
Hotel Gudrun via Posta vecchia 8, 39045 – COLLE ISARCO 0472-632318 info@hotel-gudrun.com www.hotel-gossensass.com/it/hotel-gudrun
Pension Frick via Deutschhaus 22,  39049 – VIPITENO 0472-764496 info@pension-frick.com www.pension-frick.com/it/

Where to sleep

Bike Service

Bike rental at Brennero Via San Valentino,9/a – 39041 BRENNERO BZ 0472-631142
Bike rental at Vipiteno Via Brennero,14 – 39049 VIPITENO BZ 0472-760627
Rad Sport Freund Via Dante,3 – 39049 VIPITENO BZ 0472-767691
Bauer Walter Via della Frana,5 – 39049 VIPITENO BZ 0472-766801
M2 Bike M2 Design Via Novale,39 – 39049 VIPITENO BZ 0472-760470/762064

Pilgrim Service

CAI Alto Adige Viale Europa 53/F – 39100 BOLZANO 0471 402144  segreteria@caialtoadige.it www.caialtoadige.it
CAI Brennero via S.Valentino,25 – 39041  BRENNERO 0472-631189 / 339-7279247  milorbrennero@virgilio.it www.cai.it
Associazione turistica di Colle Isarco Piazza Ibsen, 2 – 39041 COLLE ISARCO 0472-632372 info@gossensass.org www.gossensass.org
Associazione Turistica Vipiteno Piazza Città 3 – 39049 VIPITENO 0472-765325 info@infosterzing.com www.vipiteno.com
Portale Turismo Alto Adige 0471 402 144 info@suedtirol.info www.suedtirol.info
Consorzio Turistico Valle Isarco Bastioni Maggiori 26A -39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-802232 info@valleisarco.info www.valleisarco.info

Photos from the Track

Vipiteno-Sterzing