Via Claudia Augusta

Self Guided Walking
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Roman Traces in South Tyrol

The walking trail Via Claudia Augusta once was a cultural and trading route of the Roman Empire.
This first true road across the Alps was built by Emperor Claudius to connect Adriatic sea port Altinum with the Danube. On your tour through South Tyrol you investigate the most beautiful parts of Via Claudia, a pleasure for every walker: lovely paths with marvellous mountain panorama, dotted by magnificent vineyards and orchards, unspoilt air and nature. The cultural aspect is covered by many fortresses and castles on the way, the Mountain Museum by Reinhold Messner and as crowning highlight in the end the Mediterranean bath town Meran. Or how about continuing to the famous wine area around Lake Kalterer See? 

♦ Marvellous
mountain panorama;
♦ Theme path with wooden sculptures;
♦ Via Laas - known for the white marble;
♦ Castles, fortresses, thermal spa;



Day 1. Individual journey to Reschen

Day 2. Reschen - Burgeis
First, along Reschensee reservoir and to Graun, where you will find the best known camera motive of Vinschau: the flooded spire of Gaun. The route runs past the Haidersee and along the largest alluvial fan of the Alps. It extends from the Plawenn Alps to the 1,100 m deeper Glurns and is covered with lush pastures, hence the name "Malser Haide". You walk along an old irrigation channel to Burgeis, overlooking the impressive monastery of Marienberg. Walking time: approx 4.5 to 5.5 hours, 22 km, uphill/downhill: 190m/500m

Day 3. Burgeis – Schluderns
Walk along the Sonnensteig path, a newly created theme path with wooden sculptures from the Vinschgauer mythology and, above all with fantastic views of the snowy mountain peaks. High above town Mals, with its many towers, it goes over the Tartscher Bichl past "Ganglegg", the historic archaeological site from the Bronze and Iron Age to Schluderns, with the most powerful and best-preserved castles in South Tyrol.
Walking time: approx. 4 hrs, 10km, uphill/downhill: 150m/420m

Day 4. Schluderns – Schlanders
On the foot of Sonnberg your walking starts and continues following through dense forests. Via Laas, well known for the white marble, you later reach the orchards of Vinschgau – apple trees as far as the eyes can see.
Walking time: approx. 5 to 6 hrs, 19km, uphill/downhill: 560m/780m

Day 5. Schlanders – Naturns
Today you walk through the fruit orchard of Vinschgau. Along the Latschander Waal path you walk to Kastelbell. Visit the exhibition on Via Claudia. Continue on the archaeological path that reaches almost to Messners castle Juval, high above the valley. Some serpentines downhill you reach Naturns.
Walking time: approx. 6 to 6.5 hrs, 22km, downhill/uphill: 350m/560m

Day 6. Naturns - Meran
High up you continue following the Rablander Waal path through forests past mountain farms always accompanied by stunning views of Vinschgau valley. Follow Partschinser and Algunder Waal path down into the Meraner basin. Tired muscles relax in the thermal spa.
Walking time: approx. 4.5 to 5 hrs, 18km, uphill/downhill: 300m/530m

Day 7. Departure

Luggage transport: Luggage is taken care throughout the tour;

Included in the price: ► 6 overnights in shared double room incl. breakfast ► Welcome meeting ► Carefully elaborated route ► Detailed route instructions ► Service-Hotline ► luggage transfer

Not included: ► Transfers from and to the airport ► Transfers by public transport ► Other meals ► Entrance fees ► Alcohol drinks and other personal expenses;►everything else not mentioned in "Included in the price"

How to get there: ►By train to Landeck (North Tyrol) and by coach approx. 1 hr to Reschen. Or by train via Bolzano and Meran to Mals (South Tyrol) and by coach to Reschen in approx. 30 minutes.  ►Parking: Free parking at the hotel. No reservation required. ► Return transfer from Meran by Vinschgau train in approx. 1.5 Std. to Mals and from there approx. 30 min. to Reschen. From Lake Kalterer by coach/train in approx. 1 hour to Merano then continue as described

Other expences: Organised return transfer to Reschen from Lake Kaltern € 50,-, from Merano € 45,- , and Lake Kaltern – Merano € 30,- per person (Transfes only Sa/Sun) Reservation requested, payable locally.► Single room surcharge € 115 ► Half-board supplement: 170 EUR ► Extra overnights at hotels Reschen 3***, Meran 3***, Kalterer See 3*** - please ask us for a quote