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Walk to St. Leonhard

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Take a quick transfer before joining the E5 as it takes you along the dramatic Passer Gorge Trail to St. Leonhard
Distance 18.1 km
6:30 h
322 m
1,355 m
1,718 m
663 m
Your final day of the tour begins with a scenic drive over the spectacular Timmelsjoch pass into Italy (1 hour). From here follow the E5 trail steadily downhill into the Passeiertal valley. Walk through the pretty hamlets of Rabenstein and Moos. Continue through the dramatic Passer Gorge Trail to St. Leonhard. Catch a bus to the typically South Tyrolean town of Merano, where you can relax and celebrate your Alpine crossing with a delicious dinner and drink in the town centre
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Update: October 24, 2019
Highest point
1,718 m
Lowest point
663 m

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Safety information

Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in. 

Tips and hints

En route

The bunker Mooseum - On the trail, near Passeiertals, you can go to the unusual museum on the outskirts of Moos in Passeier. It was opened in 2009. It is unusual in several respects: the building itself, but also its surroundings and, of course, its contents. The museum not only tells the history of the bunker's history but also addresses other topics of particular importance in the Passeier Valley, especially the history and nature of the region. More information at 

Passerschluchtweg -  The Passer Gorge is a really impressive natural spectacle. Currently, it was not walkable, but its an ambitious project which is currently being constructed.  At about 6.5 kilometres with a walking time of 2-3 hours along the Torrente Passirio, you can discover the wonderful nature


Gasthaus Schönau (1,715 m)
46.886866, 11.138458
46°53'12.7"N 11°08'18.4"E
32T 662918 5194812


St. Leonhard im Passeier

Turn-by-turn directions

 0.0km – Today’s hike starts at Gasthof Schönau where you will be picked up at 09:00 with your luggage.

Pass the inn then TURN LEFT onto the path leading off towards ‘Obere Gostalm’/Schneeberghütte. Follow this path downhill as it winds its way down to a mountain stream.

1.1km – After crossing the Passeier via the wooden bridge, TURN LEFT and follow the E5 towards ‘Moos in Passeier’.

3.1km – The E5 BENDS OFF TO THE LEFT here follow the path and into the forest. Follow the trail downhill.

3.5km – At the junction with the trail and the road for Bichl,TURN RIGHT 

4.1km – At the last turning in the town of Rabenstein, TURN RIGHT with the E5 at a bench. Follow a section of this paved road, then TURN LEFT at the next signpost following a narrow trail over the meadow and towards the stream (signposted: ‘Kummersee Rundweg’).

5.3km – Cross the bridge and follow the road to the RIGHT (signposted: E5 – Moos)

5.9km – Just before the road starts winding uphill again, TURN RIGHT at the big ‘Kummersee Rundweg’ sign with the E5. From here, follow the riverbank all the way to the centre of Moos.

9.7km – At the ‘Dorf’ bus stop in Moos in Passeier, TURN RIGHT and follow a section of the road downhill before TURNING LEFT  at the hairpin bend beneath the church as you head towards Passerschlucht/St. Leonhard. From here, keep to path number 1 through Passerschlucht towards St. Leonhard.

17.3km – After passing several tennis courts and football fields on the edge of St. Leonhard, the path leads you up a ramp towards the road. Here, cross the roads at the roundabout using the zebra crossings and follow the signs between the two streets slightly downhill.

At the children’s playground/KiTa, TURN LEFT onto ‘Kohlstatt’. Follow Kohlstatt until just before the main road, TURN RIGHT at the car park and cross the small stream using the covered wooden bridge.

18.1km – At the end of the bridge, you’ll reach St. Leonhard bus station. You’ve reached the end of today’s leg.

From here, take the bus into Merano.



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Public transport

Morning: A transfer will pick you up at 09:00 from Gasthaus Schönau to take you to the start of your walk. 

Afternoon: Bus number 240 from Busbahnhof (Bus Station) St. Leonhard in Passeier (Direction Meran) to Bahnhof Meran (approx. 45 Min.), it usually departs at quarter past and a quarter to the hour, SAD-timetable can be found here


46.886866, 11.138458
46°53'12.7"N 11°08'18.4"E
32T 662918 5194812
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We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.

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18.1 km
6:30 h
322 m
1,355 m
Highest point
1,718 m
Lowest point
663 m


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