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Völs, Tiers, Bozen
Dolomiten / Eisacktal/Etschtal
Naturpark Schlern
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Hardware / sports shop
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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B26 Schlernhaus / Rifugio Bolzano » Bozen / Bolzano
  |   4h05   |   24.4 km   |   543 m   |   2727 m

Leave the Schlern high plateau and head along trail no. 1 to the South East. From the Sesselschwaige, the adventurous "Knüppelweg“ trail leads through the Schlernbach gorge, which must be followed until the trail forks off left to the Tschafon Hut, the next stage destination. From the Hut on the Tschafon (1,733m), follow the trail to Tiers, from where there is a regular bus service to Bolzano.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Schlernhaus / Rifugio Bolzano
2450 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h55
1940 m
| CD  1.5 km / 0h45
Peter Frag Kreuz
1500 m
| CD  3.5 km / 1h05
Tschafonhütte / Rifugio M. Cavone
1733 m
| ABCD  4 km / 1h20
Tiers / Tires
1014 m
|   13.9 km / 0h00
Bozen / Bolzano
266 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Schäufelesteig and Knüppelweg trails.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 54 Bozen ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 029 Schlern ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
  • WKS 1 ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
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  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Depuis ce magnifique et vieux refuge de Bolzano plein d'histoire, prendre le sentier qui mène vers saint-Cyprien, sans doute les plus belles gorges de mes 80 jours de via alpina, paysage grandiose!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    From this beautiful and old Bolzano hut full of history, take the path that leads to Saint-Cyprien, probably the most beautiful gorges of my 80 days of via alpina, grandiose landscape!
  • Po & Ju - 2018-11-06
    Longue descente en forêt pour cette étape de transition, entre hautes parois dolo-mythiques et vallée du haut Adige. Attention, l’itinéraire de la via alpina n’est pas très clair dans cette partie, nous nous sommes référées à la carte locale pour trouver notre chemin jusqu’à Bolzano!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Long descent into the forest for this stage of transition, between high dolo-mythical walls and valley of the upper Adige. Attention, the route of the via alpina is not very clear in this part, we refer to the local map to find our way to Bolzano!
  • Jean-Louis Giraud - 2014-03-19
    Etape essentiellement en descente avec une seule montée vers le refuge Tschafon puis une dernière descente sur le bourg de Tiers d'ou une ligne reguliere de bus assure la liaison avec Bolzano.
    Arrivé à Bolzano, il est possible depuis la gare routière et toujours par bus, de rejoindre directement Jenessien, point de départ de l'étape B27.
    A Jenessien, l'hotel Edelweiss offre un hebergement correct
    L'autre alternative est de rester à Bolzano pour la nuit puis rejoindre Jenessien par bus ou téléphérique . Attention aux horaires car l'étape B27 est relativement longue...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Step mostly downhill with only one climb to the refuge Tschafon and a final descent to the village of Tiers or a regular bus liaises with Bolzano. Arrived in Bolzano, it is possible from the bus station and always by bus, direct access Jenessien, start from step B27. A Jenessien, Hotel Edelweiss offers a decent accommodation The other alternative is to stay in Bolzano for the night then join Jenessien by bus or cable car. Attention to schedules because the B27 phase is relatively long ...
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    From Bolzano to a town called Blumau (grocery store, bar & restaurant there) it took me 2hours following cycling path by the Isarco and noisy highway/road

    From Blumau to Tiers it takes about 2h30, the road is quiet but it is hard to find a place to pitch a tent in this gorge like steep road up

    Bolzano - Tiers can be walked in about 4h30..shortly after Tiers (1h) there is a chapel where it can make a great bivouac location

    Tiers - Tschafon hutte about 2h30

    From Tschafon hutte there are 2 possible ways.Stay low and follow trail #4 & #7 (via alpina) or take trail #9 (hammerwand direction) which goes on a ridge according to local map grabbed at Tschafon hutte.

    below Schlernhaus another opened St Cassian 17th century chapel (great location for bivouac)
    Tschafon hutte - Schlernhaus is about 4h by a great ridge trail (off the via alpina towards Hammerwand peak)
Last update : 2009-12-03