From Dobbiaco to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cycling from Dobbiaco in the Upper Val Pusteria through the Val di Landro to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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We start our mountain bike tour at 1,240 metres asl near the railway station in Dobbiaco, opposite of the Grand Hotel Dobbiaco. Following the signpost leading to Cortina we cycle southwards along the upper course of the Rienza river, first on an asphalted road, later on a well maintained forest road. After some minutes we reach Lake Dobbiaco in the Val di Landro, which reflects the beautiful surrounding mountain panorama. Continuing our tour upwards the river, a trail turns off to a cemetery, where many soldiers died in World War I are buried.
After some kilometres we see the famous Tre Cime mountains on the east side of the valley. Unfortunately, this section leads along the Alemagna road and is not as quiet as we hoped. However, after Lake Landro the track leads more and more away from the road again. The gravel on the forest road does not always make it very easy to cycle.
The following ascent is steady and gentle. After about 18 km we reach the Passo di Cimabanche, which separates the municipality of Dobbiaco from Cortina d’Ampezzo, South Tyrol from Veneto, German-speaking people and Ladins. On our left we see the Sesto Dolomites, while the Fanes-Sennes-Braies nature park is on our right and in the South the Ampezzo Dolomites are visible. From here, we continue our tour downwards on an old railway track, leading through dark tunnels and over spectacular viaducts, passing several abandoned railway stations. The railway line Dobbiaco-Cortina-Calazo operated from 1921 until 1964.
Reached the moon-like landscape of the Ampezzo Dolomites, the Veneto Dolomites are not very far away anymore. Finally arrived in Cortina, we enjoy cycling through this beautiful small town although we have to be aware of many pedestrians. After a delicious lunch we cycle the same way back to Dobbiaco in South Tyrol, enjoying once again the beautiful landscape of this tour.
Please note: This bicycle tour requires no particular effort and can also be done by children. However, in Veneto the track is not everywhere well maintained and secured. A bus runs on this route and you can rent a bicycle in Dobbiaco, Cortina and on the Passo di Cimabanche.
Please note: If you plan to do this bicycle tour, please inform yourself on the conditions of the track!
Starting point: Dobbiaco, railway station
Trail route: singpost “Cortina”
Cycling time: approx. 2 hours (one way)
Length: 29 km (one way)
Altitude difference: 270 metres
Level of difficulty: relatively easy
Track surface: 90% are not asphalted, mountain bikes are requested
Experienced in: August 2009
More information: tourist board Dobbiaco, tel. +39 0474 972 132, e-mail: email@example.com