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“Waalwege” – hiking around Meran

The popular spa town Meran is surrounded by a dense network of old irrigation channels. Partly, they are still used to provide water for the dry fields and gardens.

Especially in spring time you can make wonderful hiking tours along these irrigation channels. In German, they are called “Waale” and the paths that flank them are the so called “Waalwege”. These paths were indispensable for the maintenance of the channels.

In Meran and environs there are more than fifty of these special hiking and walking pats. Not to forget about the culinary aspect, because along these ways you will find many nice inns and restaurants offering typical dishes of the region and seasonal specialities.

“Waalwege” paths in Marling & Algund

The paths along old irrigation channels in Marling and Algund are, for instance, some of the most beautiful tours in the surroundings of Meran. The “Waalweg” in Marling is about 12 km long and goes from Töll, Marling and Tscherms to Oberlana. It maybe is the most panoramic path of this kind in the region, offering a fantastiv view of Meran and of Burggrafenamt.

The “Waalweg” in Algund is almost 6 km long starting in Töll too. Through vineyards and forests, it goes to Gratsch above Algund.

“Waalwege” paths in Dorf Tirol

Other recommended „Waalwege“ paths are waiting in the surrounding area of Dorf Tirol. Walking on shady trails along the old irrigation channels, you will see canyons, romantic gorges, lakes and steep rock walls until the impressive landscape of Texel Group Nature Park.

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"Waalweg" path in the environs of Meran
"Waalweg" path in the environs of Meran

The typical hiking paths along old irrigation channels next to the city of Meran and in Vinschgau are perfect for cosy hikes and walks.

© IDM Südtirol/Alex Filz
"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol
"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol

The South Tyrolean "Waalwege" paths are popular hiking and walking trails for the whole family.

© Rainer Schmittchen - Fotolia
Traditional "Waalweg" path in South Tyrol
Traditional "Waalweg" path in South Tyrol

With the ancient irrigation system, fields and meadows can still be irrigated today. As well, the paths are perfect for hiking and walking tours.

© Rainer Schmittchen - Fotolia
Soputh Tyrolean "Waalweg" path with magnificent view with
Soputh Tyrolean "Waalweg" path with magnificent view with

From several paths, you have a magnificent view of the valley and the impressive landscape in the environs.

© Rainer Schmittchen - Fotolia
"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol
"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol

The popular "Waalwege" paths are winding across forests, vineyards, fruit orchards and meadows.

© Rainer Schmittchen - Fotolia
"Waalwege" paths in South Tyrol
"Waalwege" paths in South Tyrol

The typical "Waalwege" paths in South Tyrol run along old irrigation channels and are perfect for hikes with kids. Frequently, the paths have no steep ascents and the water offers fun and entertainment.

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Waalweg in Marling
Waalweg in Marling

The "Marlinger Waalweg" hiking path is about 12 km long.

© DAMIAN PERTOLL PHOTOGRAPHY - Tourismusverein Marling
Marlinger Waalweg
Marlinger Waalweg

The "Marlinger Waalweg" is a path along old irrigation channels and is ideal for walks at any season.

© Günther Pichler - Tourismusverein Marling
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Schenna

Irrigation channel with path in Schenna

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Schenna

Walking along the irrigation channels.

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