MTB holidays at the Zirmerhof, near Merano

Are you seeking to spend a MTB holiday on the marvellous trails of South Tyrol? Then come visit us at the Zirmerhof Hotel & Residence, near Merano. Our estate is surrounded by a wealth of routes and trails that are perfect for a leisurely cycling jaunt, an E-bike ride or an exciting MTB adventure. Moreover, the Zirmerhof offers you a range of dedicated services, including a professional mountain bike guide on site.

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Merano’s best cycling routes

With its Mediterranean climate and diverse mountain landscape, the area of Merano is a real El Dorado for cyclists. From amateurs to pro mountain bikers, everyone here can find the experience they are looking for. So why not take advantage of this staggering variety and treat yourself to a cycling holiday in South Tyrol? The best seasons are spring and early to mid-autumn.

Günther, our resident MTB guide, recommends his favourite tours:

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Panoramic tour of the Merano area

This tour starts in Rifiano/Riffian, right in front of our hotel. Leaving the town of Rifiano, turn left towards Merano onto the Merano-Passeiertal cycle path. Continue towards Merano and from there to Lagundo/Algund. Follow the Adige/Etsch cycle path towards Sinigo/Sinich and then back onto the Merano-Passeiertal cycle path to Rifiano.

  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Time: circa 4 hours
  • Starting point: Rifiano
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Tour of mountain pastures at the foot of Mt. Cervina/Hirzer

From Saltusio/Saltaus, ca. 3 km from our hotel, turn right past Schweinsteg and climb the first 500 metres of elevation gain by car or cable car. The tour starts by the intermediate terminal of the Hirzer cable car, from where a forest trail takes to the beautiful Gompm Alm alpine pasture.

  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Time: circa 4 hours
  • Starting point: intermediate terminal of the Hirzer cable car
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Castles and fortresses tour

Castle Fragsburg is 11 km away from the Zirmerhof, where the tour starts. Take the Passeiertal-Meran cycle path to reach Maia Alta/Obermais. From there, follow the signs to Castle Trauttmansdorff. When you reach castle Rametz, take towards Labers and continue to the Hecherhof restaurant. Take the same way back to Rifiano.

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Time: circa 4 hours
  • Starting point: Rifiano
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Cycling allows one to fully experience South Tyrol’s nature and an elating sense of freedom.

Günther, MTB guide

Advice and support for your MTB holiday

Our MTB guide Günther Oberhofer is always on hand to offer you competent advice for your MTB pursuits and he will be accompanying you on our weekly guided tours. He is a transalpine mountain biker and knows the area like the back of his hand, so he will share with you some useful tips and tricks.

Download our App to display the many MTB routes around our hotel with GPS data.

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In-house bike rental service

Would you rather leave your own MTB at home? No problem! You can hire one directly at Hotel Zirmerhof and keep it for the duration of your holiday in Merano and Environs. We have recently enriched our bike fleet with E-MTBs of the Swiss brand Flyer, also available for hire at a small fee.

If you are travelling with your bike, you can keep it safe in our bike depot at no charge.

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Information regarding COVID-19
  • Reopening of our hotel after the winterbreak at 01/04/2023
  • In our small hotel we accommodate only a small number of guests
  • If you prefer self-catering in these times, book one of our 8 holiday apartments in the Residence with its own kitchenette and refrigerator – here you can enjoy your holiday all to yourself. If you wish, we will even bring a breakfast basket directly to your holiday apartment.
  • Recreation is nowhere as easy as here in South Tyrol! During our guided hikes in the boundless nature and in the mountains, you can enjoy your holiday far away from full cities.
  • Book without worries: Due to the current situation, all stays can be cancellation for free up to 60 days before arrival.
  • Further information about the current situation in South Tyrol is available here!

We work at full speed to organise everything for your holiday. If you have any questions, our reception is at your disposal every day by phone or e-mail.
The Ortner family and team

Hotel Zirmerhof