Arco is one of the most famous climbing areas in Europe with excellent climbing on limestone in a beautiful setting. It also offers perfect climbing opportunities in winter and is the ideal destination for a New Year’s holiday. Therefore, at the beginning of January, my friend Judith and I set off from Innsbruck for a climbing trip by train and bike to Arco. Here, you can find our journey description – we can highly recommend it!
How to get there
You take the train from Innsbruck to Rovereto and afterwards you cycle to Arco. For the more expensive but faster option (less than 3 hours from Innsbruck), take the direct connection with the ‘Eurocity’. You can als board the Eurocity in Munich (4.45 hours). The cheaper but slower option (3.5 hours from Innsbruck) is to take the train to the Brenner and change trains here.
From the train station in Rovereto, take the cycle path to Arco, which also runs along the shores of Lago di Garda. In total, you cycle 180 hm uphill and 270 hm downhill in about 1.5-2 hours. You can find the cycling route here.
Where to stay
We stayed in an apartment in Arco, which is ideal as you don’t have to carry as many things by bike. You find many different crags around Arco (with easier or harder routes as well as family-friendly crags) which can be reached within 10-30 minutes by bike.
How to book the trip
Train tickets for the Eurocity or until the Brenner including a bike ticket can be bought here. When changing the trains at the Brenner (waiting time ~30 minutes) you can buy a train ticket to Rovereto including a bike ticket at the ticket machines on site.