It's worth spending a few days at the starting location. Bruneck has a history of more than 750 years a lot to offer - not only for bikers and outdoor fans, but also for those interested in culture. Here you can climb, ride trails, hike, visit museums and enjoy great food and drinks.
Bruneck in the heart of the Dolomites is an important economic as well as cultural center of the region. The first Transalp stage leads around the Kronplat. In winter, this famous mountain in the Puster Valley is the number 1 ski spot in South Tyrol. The gently sloping mountain is accessible from three sides (Bruneck, Olang and St. Vigil).
Part of the Giro d'Italia
The Furkelpass is also exciting in several ways. Not only did the Giro d'Italia pass over this road several times, it also forms the historical language border in the Dolomite region between the German language in Olang/Bruneck and the Ladin language in St. Vigil. By the way: also the Ladin cuisine is worth a detour to the region. Ever tried hearty liagnes sciömiades (smoked chamois sausages ) or deep-fried cancì checi (Schlutzkrapfen)?
On the peak of the Kronplatz there is not only a great view, but also the "Messner Mountain Museum", one of six museums that the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner has dedicated to the mountain and its culture. And if you are also interested in photography, you shouldn`t miss the "Lumen Museum”, a museum for mountain photography that gives a home to the fascination of the mountains and at the same time, due to its exposed position, offers a spectacular view of the Dolomites.
In Bruneck's town center, the historic, picturesque “Stadtgasse” (alley) with its numerous stores, cafés and bars is particularly worth a visit. It is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in South Tyrol and is ideal for strolling, shopping and relaxed coffee breaks.
You want to know what to expect from the sportive aspect of stage 1? Bruneck to St. Vigil