From Malles to Marlengo along the Etschradroute Cycle Track
A family cycling trip across the Venosta Valley
The Marlengo railway station is located roughly 1 km from the main square in the direction of Lagundo. Ride on the comfortable Venosta Valley train in one of the new coaches all the way to Malles in the Upper Venosta Valley.The 60 km Etschradroute track runs slightly downhill from Malles/Mals in the Upper Venosta Valley to Marlengo/Marling. To get to Malles take the Venosta Valley train at the Marlengo railway station, which takes just over an hour. You can rent a cycle at the Malles station and later return it at the Merano/Meran station at the end of the ride. It’s as easy as that! If you have your own bike, then take note of the services offered at the train stations, (including the bike shuttle service at the Merano station).
The first section of the cycle track begins in Malles and leads through the small and attractive medieval town of Glorenza/Glurns, with its the outer walls still intact. The route continues along the Adige river (Etsch in German) through the Venosta Valley towards Merano through a varied landscape including the protected wetlands. Rental cycles can be dropped off at any of the railway stations along the length of the Venosta Valley including Spondiga/Spondinig, Silandro/Schlanders, Quarazze/Latsch, Naturno/Naturns, as well as Merano. After the downhill ride from Lagundo/Algund past the public swimming pool, continue along the route to Merano (the final stop on the Venosta Valley railway line, where your rental cycle can also be returned). Turn right and head over the Holzbrücke bridge towards the village of Foresta/Forst, well-known to locals for its brewery. Cross the main road and turn west onto the Via Tramontana street to the Marlengo town center. If you already returned your rental cycle, you can reach Marlengo by bus or by train.
The approximately 4-hour Etschradroute bike route is about 60 km long with an elevation level of some 700 m.