If you arrive early and have some extral time, we recommend taking the bus to the Ötzi Museum in Bozen (Bolzano).
Goldrain (Coldrano) Train Station (663 m)
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Siebeneich Train Station (Bozen/Bolzano)
Return to the Via Claudia Augusta, which is also following the Etsch Bicycle Route at this point, by returning to the roundabout and going straight through.
Enjoy the pleasant and green trail through the Etsch Valley, passing the occasional vineyard. It is now very obvious that you are on the Mediterranean side of the Alps.
Just before Meran, comes another fantastic descent on incredibly well-maintained bicycle trails with manicured plants and sitting areas. As fun as the descent is, don’t forget to stop and take in the view. Meran (also Merano) is a beloved vacation spot for those from the not-so-sunny side of the Alps to catch some sunshine and mountain air.
The signage in Merano can be somewhat confusing, and there are multiple routes that are signed out through town to reach Bozen (Bolzano). From Meran, you will head south again to Lana, Nals, and Andrian. This stage ends at the Siebeneich Train Station, shortly before Bozen (Bolzano).
To find the train station, you want to leave the Via Claudia Augusta at the Schober Bridge (not labeled), which leads you to Siebenach. The bridge is just before you make a 90-degree turn to the southwest, leading you away from the river. Turn right on the bicycle path immediately after crossing the river to the Siebenach Train Station (depending on the signs you followed, you may already be on this side of the river, so just look for the Siebenach Train Station).
Note: This stage ends on the opposite side of the Siebeneich Train Station from the tracks. It may not be possible to access the train station directly from this location.