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Relive ‘ITA VRG 02 Vipiteno-Bressanone/Sterzing-Brixen’

Monday 26° / 10 ° CTuesday 25° / 11 ° CWednesday 26° / 12 ° C
Place of Departure VIPITENO/STERZING
Place of Arrival BRESSANONE/BRIXEN
Length – KM 32,7
Nation of the route Italy
Region Trentino Alto Adige
Uphill Gap 400 mt.
Downhill Gap 780 mt.
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot
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 Vipitenum was a Roman “mansio”on the Brenner Road at 948 m of altitude, which between the 9th and 11th C: took the name of Wibitina. Early in the 13th C. the German population called it Sterzing. The picturesque town, numbers 6.575 inhabitants. The parish Church is well worth a visit, it is called “Madonna della Palude”, (Our Lady of the Swamp) and ha a bell tower reaching 32 m. It was built on the remains of a Romanesque church next to a Roman graveyard, from which a funerary relief was dug up and placed in the present church, which has been restored in the 15th, 16th and 18th C., whereas in the 19th C. it was given a Neo-Gothic character. Older that the latter is the Church of Santo Spirito (Holy Spirit) of the late 14th C., with mural paintings by Hans of Brunich representing the Last Judgment, a Procession of the Magi and scenes from the Passion of Christ. The “Tower of the Twelve”, which divides the old from the new town, is the distinctive landmark of Vipiteno. The Municipal Palace is late Gothic 16th C. building, restored at the end of the 19th C. It recalls Northern styles mixed with local folk architectures. The visitor must also see the Deutschhouse, near the Parish Church, which contains the Civic Museum, the Multscher Museum, the Church of St Elizabeth, the Musical Institute and the Burgerkapelle Sterzing.

We leave Sterzing passing  under the Torre dei Dodici (Tower of the Twelve) and walk Via New Town, then Via Gänsbacher, which we leave to go straight on Via della Commenda, which we will leave almost immediately to turn left on Lent weg (bike path), that we follow going sideways a small airport, then straight on up to (Campo di Trens) Freienfeld. Along the way there are two visitable castles Castel Petra on the left and Castel Tasso on the right. We go up to the shrine and, after a visit, we return a little back and take on the left the  second theme path ( bees), running through meadows and woods to the little farming village of Valgenauna. We go down to the right, through the village, we take the path 2b that, even downhill, get us on the road. We cross it, paying attention to the traffic, and we follow the same along the right side to the Castel Welfenstein. We go around the castle following a secure path, and we reach the bridge that allows us to overcome the Isarco.Then we turn on the left and after 1km we get to the underpass:  we take the bike path we had left in Freienfeld (Campo di Trens). The trail follows the irregular basis of the high mountains with, on the left, the railroad and the highway. We pass through the villages of Grassten (The Cave) and Sachsenklemme (Isarco Sacco). We shall arrive at Mittenwald, (Mezzaselva) where t is possible to have refreshments and hospitality. We turn right, 800m on the bike path along the road, and there is a walkway bridge that leads us to the left into the woods: the track is bumpy, dirt road, but easy. Other 2km and we go back on the road, after having passed under the highway. After 150 meters we cross the road and we have two choices: to follow the bike path that will lead us directly to the center of Fortezza, or to follow the street on the sidewalk in order to visit what remains of the ancient Roman road before the Eisack bridge.

Notwithstanding its small size, the town of Fortezza remains an important railway junction connecting Puster valley with the Isarco Valley for North to South commercial traffic. Beyond the river, the ruts of the Roman road on the hard ground rocks are conspicuous and tell us that this was an important thoroughfare for the Roman Empire too. Our route crosses the town of Fortezza and takes on the cycling lane running along the shore of the lake, then under the motorway, leaving on the left the massive Austro-Hungarian fort, until near the diversion for the lake of Varna, we turn left, crossing above the highway; than we pass the settlement of Forst, we cross the SS12 100m to the right, then to the left we take a path that brings to the Isarco’s riverbed and  to follow footpath 1 up to the Abbey of Neustift (Novacella), where the traveler will put enough time for a thorough visit to the church and the monks house. Having completed the visit we shall turn left to reach the centre of the town and take footpath 16 (also a cycling lane) which, following the left bank of the River Isarco, will take us to Bressanone/Brixen.

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 – Vipiteno 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 – Vipiteno FS Railway Station

Where to eat

  TYPICAL DISHES = Suedtirol TYPICAL DISHES = Gallorosso
Eurospin Val di Vizze City Center – 39040 VIPITENO
Gasthof Thaler via Brennero,1 – 39045 MEZZASELVA 0472-677644 info@gasthofthaler.com www.gasthofthaler.com
Gasthof Post Via Innozenz Barat 5 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS-BZ 0472-647124 info@post-trens.it www.post-trens.it
Hotel Tourist Via Dante, 28 – 39042 – BRESSANONE (BZ) 0472-831545 info@hoteltourist.info www.hoteltourist.info
Gasthof Restaurant Zum Alten Moar Via Eisackstrasse,15/1 – 39040 – NOVACELLA-BZ 0472-05.56.16 info@zum-alten-moar.com www.zum-alten-moar.com
Hotel Croce d’Oro via Bastioni Minori,8 – 39042 – BRESSANONE (BZ) 0472-836155  hotel@goldeneskreuz.it;

info@crocedoro.com

www.goldeneskreuz.it
Hotel Brenner Pruno, 17 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS 0472-760620 info@hotel-brenner.com www.suedtirol.info/balance/it/alloggi/hotel-garni-brenner_a_3976
Hotel Post Trens,74 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS 0472-647124 info@post-trens.it www.post-trens.it
Hotel Sparber Trens,46/b – 39040 CAMPO DI
Hotel Post Reifer piazza Stazione, 1 – FORTEZZA 0472-4586056 info@hotelpostreifer.it www.hotelpostreifer.it
Gasthof Zur Brucke 39045 MEZZASELVA 0472-458644 hotel@zur-bruecke.it
Wiesenhof Pensione Loc. Fuldres – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS BZ 0472-771121 info@pension-wiesenhof.it www.pension-wiesenhof.it

Where to sleep

Ostello Jugendhaus Kassianeum  Via Bruno, 2 – 39042 – BRESSANONE (BZ) 0472-279999 bressanone@ostello.bz bressanone.jugendherberge.it/cs.asp?st=1&sp=it&b=jugendherberge_1_it
Gasthof Thaler via Brennero,1 – 39045 MEZZASELVA 0472-677644 info@gasthofthaler.com www.gasthofthaler.com
Gasthof Post Via Innozenz Barat 5 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS-BZ 0472-647124 info@post-trens.it www.post-trens.it
Hotel Tourist Via Dante, 28 – 39042 – BRESSANONE (BZ) 0472-831545 info@hoteltourist.info www.hoteltourist.info
Gasthof Restaurant Zum Alten Moar Via Eisackstrasse,15/1 – 39040 – NOVACELLA-BZ 0472-05.56.16 info@zum-alten-moar.com www.zum-alten-moar.com
Hotel Croce d’Oro via Bastioni Minori,8 – 39042 – BRESSANONE (BZ) 0472-836155 hotel@goldeneskreuz.it;

info@crocedoro.com

www.goldeneskreuz.it
Hotel Brenner Pruno, 17 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS 0472-760620 info@hotel-brenner.com www.suedtirol.info/balance/it/alloggi/hotel-garni-brenner_a_3976
Hotel Post Trens,74 – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS 0472-647124 info@post-trens.it www.post-trens.it
Hotel Sparber Trens,46/b – 39040 CAMPO DI
Hotel Post Reifer piazza Stazione, 1 – FORTEZZA 0472-4586056 info@hotelpostreifer.it www.hotelpostreifer.it
Gasthof Zur Brucke 39045 MEZZASELVA 0472-458644 hotel@zur-bruecke.it
Wiesenhof Pensione Loc. Fuldres – 39040 CAMPO DI TRENS BZ 0472-771121 info@pension-wiesenhof.it www.pension-wiesenhof.it

Bike Service

Soracase Luigi Via Bastioni Minori,5 – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-836395
Mister Bike Via Plose,24/b – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-200635
Nardello Officina Viale Stazione,11 – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-836170
Officina Urthaler Egon Via Brennero,46 – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-830800
Profi Bike Via Stazione,26 – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472-831575

Pilgrim Service

CAI Alto Adige Viale Europa 53/F 39100 BOLZANO 0471 402 144  segreteria@caialtoadige.it www.caialtoadige.it
Portale Turismo Alto Adige 0471 402 144 info@suedtirol.info www.suedtirol.ifo
Ufficio Turistico Bressanone Viale Ratisbona, 9 – 39042 BRESSANONE BZ 0472 836401 info@brixen.org www.bressanone.holiday

Photos from the Track

Bressanone-Brixen