|Route length||5,144 km|
|Duration||1 h 45 m|
|Altitude||628 m 421 m|
At the bottom of the Gantkofel the Eppaner Castle triangle is located. On the art-historic walking tour you get an impression of the mediaeval South Tyrol. The walking tour to the castles takes you to the Castle Triangle. First you reach the Castle Hocheppan, which is one of the most important fortifications of SouthTyrol. After a visit as well as refreshment at the Castle tavern the hike continues to the ruin Boymont. A little bit underneath Castle Korb is located, which derived from the Roman époque and is now a hotel.
Trail No. 12 leads from the village centre towards Missian | Eppan passing the gothic church tower of St. Pauls | Eppan along the way. Shortly before reaching Korb Castle there is a signpost for the
“Three Castle Walking Tour” (Eppaner Burgenwanderweg), which the route now follows. Brushwood and beautiful views of the city of Bozen and the Dolomites enrich this pleasant hiking trail. After the short, slightly steep final climb, and after a total of two hours, the trail arrives at Hocheppan Castle,
which is situated majestically on a mountain crag. The next part of the trail is somewhat more adventurous, but well signposted. Following a narrow, somewhat exposed path over porphyry rock you will then reach the Hocheppan valley gorge. Approximately 60 metres (200 ft) of secured metal steps will bring you to the other side of the gorge towards the ruins of Boymont Castle. After a short stretch in a southerly direction along the forest track (ignoring the branch to the right to Perdonig | Eppan), a signpost points downhill over loose rocks to a steep asphalt road. After a 10 minute ascent, you will arrive at the ruins of Boymont Castle which offer magnificent views. The return leg of the hike follows the little asphalt road downhill to the orchards and vineyards, where it rejoins the original path back to St. Pauls | Eppan. This hike becomes a slightly longer circular hike if you follow trail No. 8 / A from the ruins of Boymont Castle. This route will take you back to St. Pauls | Eppan the inn Kreuzstein.
Short variant: Start at Korb Castle and take the Castle Trail (Burgenwanderweg), continue as described above.
The A 22 Brenner toll motorway is the most direct route into the south of South Tyrol holiday region. Exit at Bolzano South (Sud) and take the MEBO dual carriageway in the direction of Merano/Meran as far as the exit for Appiano/Eppan. Follow the signs to the various villages and hamlets in the Appiano area: Frangart, Girlan, St. Michael, Montiggl, St. Pauls, Missian and Predoning.
All trains travelling the Brenner route stop at Bolzano. Exit the station, turn left and the bus station is on the opposite side of the road. There are regular bus services to Appano/Eppan.