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Kanzel

The name Kanzel (pulpit in German) says it all: This scenic spot sways high above the valley and offers majestic views. The tour to the scenic platform, located at 970 m altitude, starts from Kaltern on the bike path, taking you downhill to Lake Kaltern, and the on the completely flat Etschtal bike path to Egna/Neumarkt. Then comes the complete ascent on the old railway trail, the former Fleimstal railway. You overcome around 800 m elevation gain with no more than a 6% incline. The railroad from Auer to Predazzo was built during WWI by Russian prisoners of war, to bring troupes and material from the Etschtal into the Fleimstal towards the front.

After the war, the small railway transported predominantly wood and people, until it was shut down in the 1960s due to inadequate profitability. What remained was the perfectly built and developed railway line, which todays serves as a gravel path called ‘former Fleimstal railway’ or ‘ex ferrovia’. As railways could never overcome more than five to six percent incline, this line is today ideal for bikers: you overcome the elevation gain softly, and so the ascent is pure bliss. At Kaltenbrunn you have to leave the railway line and continue uphill for a short stretch on the road to Trodena/Truden. Here you can pleasantly stop for a bite to eat and drink an Apfelschorle, a fizzy apple juice, but it makes more sense to continue on the narrow asphalt road towards Mühlen and take a sharp left to Gschnon. You can enjoy a beautiful view already in this small location.

You can, however, already from Trodena, bike on the gravel path above the village with a good 400 m to push. Just after Gschnon, the asphalt comes to an end and you continue on a gravel path to Kanzel, where you can enjoy the view under the large wooden cross and rest a bit. The next step will require you to engage both your arm muscles as well as your bike brakes: The steep forest and gravel path requires permanent strong braking, which not only leads to finger cramps, but also brings the disc brakes to flare. This is where you have to engage alternate braking between the front and rear brakes, strongly, to ensure the braking lining doesn’t get too hot. At the short stop below, where Laag and Mazon meet, you will surely catch a whiff of the brakes, and you must not touch the discs with the calf - it will surely leave a long-lasting mark! A brief downhill stretch across the vineyards below Mazon follows before you continue into the historical village centre of Egna and then return to Kaltern.
Overall, the Kanzel tour is a demanding one as far as your physical condition is concerned, but technically easy for bikers who train regularly, and features a great panorama and a whole row of comfortable eating spots along the way - a must in every bike holiday in the Kaltern region.

Alternatives
- Path marking 65: Take a slanted left and go on Tour 20 across the Corno di Trodena/Trudner Horn. Path marking 58: Straight ahead on the railway line on Tour 21 Passo Oclini/Jochgrimm.

Don’t miss out on...
- the Kanzelkreuz
- the mountain village of Trodena
- a beautiful scenery across the South Tyrolean Unterland, Kaltern, Bozen, Monte Roen, the Mendel, and Penegal

(Photo credits: Süden Südtirols)

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