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Pusterbike Cycle Path from Brunico to San Candido

The Val Pusteria Cycle Route, Pusterbike, follows the course of the Rienza river, here on the section from Brunico to San Candido.

From the village centre of Brunico the cycle path proceeds along the southern embankment of the Rienza river towards east. Past the sports grounds we cycle through the forest, after a tunnel we reach the Roman Road, which leads us to the shady village of Vila di Sotto. The quiet byroad leads us further to Valdaora with the three districts Valdaora di Sotto, di Mezzo and di Sopra.

We cycle past the cemetery, a short steep descent follows, then the cycle path turns off to the right. Here the path is a good gravel road and proceeds along the south bank of Lake Valdaora through the forest to Monguelfo. After bypassing the village the Pusterbike Cycle Path passes to the entrance of the Valle di Braies, famous for Lake Braies and the Braies Dolomites.

It proceeds further to Villabassa which we travel through. Soon again through green meadows along a farm lane the path leads us to Dobbiaco. Past the railway station, which is located outside the village, the cycle route proceeds further to San Candido along farm roads.

Please note: in San Candido connections to the cycle paths to Sesto and Lienz in East Tyrol exist - the latter is known as Drava Cycle Path and proceeds via Carinthia to Slovenia. For the way back it is possible to take the local train of the Val Pusteria (limited places for bikes) or a bike shuttle.

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Route: Val Pusteria Cycle Route, Pusterbike
Starting point: Brunico, old town (835 m asl)
Destination: San Candido (1,180 m asl)
Distance: approx. 35 km
Cycling time: 2 - 3 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 450 m (several times short ascents and descents)
Characteristics: mostly asphalted cycle path, sections with gravel surface, farm roads and byroads
Connections to other cycle routes: four possibilities

  • Drava Cycle Path (San Candido towards Lienz)
  • Sesto Cycle Path (San Candido towards Sesto)
  • Pusterbike Cycle Path (continuation, Brunico towards Fortezza and Bressanone)
  • Pusterbike Cycle Path (continuation, Brunico towards Campo Tures)

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