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Via Claudia Augusta Cycle Route

The Via Claudia Augusta is an old Roman Road leading from Donauwörth in Germany across the Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

The road has been completed in 47 AD under Emperor Claudius from Altinum. Already his father, general Drusus the Elder, adoptive son of Emperor Augustus, ordered to have this road build in 15 AC, so construction works lasted 60 years. From the original Roman Road only two milestones have been preserved, one in Rablá in the Val Venosta valley (South Tyrol) and the second one in Cesiomaggiore at Feltre (Belluno). Historians still puzzle over the actual course of the Via Claudia Augusta - there are many theories regarding this road. Today, it particularly serves as cycle and hiking path, which starts from Germany at Donauwörth.

The path proceeds via Füssen to Reutte in Tyrol and onto the Fern Pass. Back down in the valley, it passes Imst and Nauders, and finally reaches its highest point, the Resia Pass in South Tyrol. In Trento, the path splits: One leads to Ostiglia, a harbour at the Po, while the other leads to Venice. The total lenght of the cycle path is 902 km, the quality of the road varies according to the area: In Tyrol, from the border to Germany to Imst, the path includes agricultural roads, village roads and gravels path via the Fern Pass. Starting from Imst, the course runs along the Inn Cycle Route. From the Finstermünz Pass to Nauders and the Resia Pass, it is rather difficult and steep.


  • Starting point: Donauwörth in Germany
  • Destination: Venice or Ostiglia in Italy
  • Distance in total: 902 km

  • Starting point in Tyrol: Reutte (853 m a.s.l.)
  • Destination in Tyrol: Resia Pass (1,504 m a.s.l.)
  • Distance in Tyrol: approx. 125 km

Sections and cycle routes in Tyrol:


Attention: The described cycle routes are only sectionally cycle paths in the narrower sense. They often proceed on byroads where also car and tractor traffic is allowed. Please take care!


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