Discovering the charm of the Val Pusteria/Pustertal valley on your bike could not get any easier. Ideally located, our designer hotel in South Tyrol offers direct access to the local cycle path, which is part of an extensive network of well-marked routes of various difficulty levels that criss-cross the valley. Far from car traffic, the cycle paths around our hotel wind their way through meadows and along streams down in the valley, or climb steeply up the mountain slopes. Take advantage of our convenient bike rental service and contact our reception to receive information and suggestions on the best tours in the area.
Our location is especially popular among cyclists, since it gives direct access to the Pusterbike cycle path that extends across the Val Pusteria valley. This 75km-long, panoramic cycle path starts in Bressanone/Brixen and leads to Rio di Pusteria/Mühlbach, Brunico/Bruneck and Dobbiaco/Toblach on its way to San Candido/Innichen. It follows the course of the Rienza river for a stretch, then goes through woodland and across creeks before venturing deep into the increasingly rugged landscape of the Dolomites. Once in San Candido, you can either continue cycling along the Drava cycle path that continues to Austria or make your way back to the hotel. You can also take advantage of the “Train + Bike” transportation service for your return leg – take your bike on board the Val Pusteria train and travel in comfort back to the Bonfanti Design Hotel.
If you are up for an adrenaline-filled challenge, remember these names: Stoneman Trail and Herrensteig freeride trail. These are two of the most famous MTB trails in the Val Pusteria valley, though by no means the only ones. Starting from our hotel in Chienes/Kiens you can get to the Plan de Corones in less than a half hour drive. When you get there, you will find six different trails waiting for you, as well rental shops and a bike school with qualified instructors that offers taster courses and guided tours. What follows is a short description of the two most famous trails in the area.
Level of difficulty: difficult
Put your skills to the test on the 120km-long Stoneman Trail. Expect a total elevation change of 4,560m and an unforgettable tour of the Dolomites. You can tackle the trail in one, two or three days, and stop at the checkpoints along the way to collect the five stamps for your Stoneman-Dolomites card. Once you have collected all the stamps, you will receive an award and your name will be published on the Stoneman official website!
Herrensteig Freeride Trail
Level of difficulty: difficult
Are you ready for a 8-km ride full of jumps, sharp bends and adrenaline? Inaugurated in 2010, the Herrensteig trail is the first official downhill trail in the whole of South Tyrol, and one of the longest ones as well. It has in store 1,300m of elevation change and wonderful views. The departure point is at the top of Mt. Plan de Corones, arrival is by the valley terminal of Riscone/Reischach.
If you love classics, you shouldn’t miss a ride on the Pusterbike Cycle Path. The gateway to a breathtaking adventure lies directly above the bishop’s town of Brixen. The first part of the path from St. Lorenzen to Chienes/Kiens is quite winding and steep and will test your stamina, but don't worry, the best is yet to come! From Kiens onwards the route becomes gentler and offers wonderful views of the fields and alpine pastures. This 105km long cycle path is ideal for families with children and beginners because of its low level of difficulty and the difference in altitude of only 500 metres. And for those who are already breathless and don't want to make it to the end, you can always take the train back to our hotel in Val Pusteria/Pustertal in Lienz in Tyrol, where delicious refreshments await you in our restaurant and bistro and exclusive moments of relaxation in our sauna worlds.