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“Waalwege” – hiking in Vinschgau

The so-called “Waale” are a kind of ancient irrigation systems for the dry earth in Vinschgau, which normally has quite little rainfall.

The water for the fields here is often channelled through stone or wooden channels and along these channels you will find some pleasant hiking and walking paths. Originally, they were built in order to maintain the irrigation channels.

The small routes, which often are suitable for the whole family, partly proceed for several kilometres, offering extraordinary hiking and walking tours. They are ideal places for nature lovers and epicures, because they include not just wonderful insights in a unique landscape, but also many nice inns and restaurants, providing hearty snacks and local specialities.

Which “Waalwege” path is the most recommended for a cosy hike is difficult to say as all of them have a special charm. Please note that the “Schludernser Bergwaal” and the “Islwaal in Schlanders” are regularly filled with water in April, most of the other only from May.

In the neighbouring region surrounding Meran, you can find many other beautiful paths along old irrigations channels.

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"Tscharser Waalweg" path
"Tscharser Waalweg" path

The trail along the old irrigation channels of Tschars is perfect for hikes and excursions the whole year round.

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Kids playing at "Tscharser Waal"
Kids playing at "Tscharser Waal"

The path is frequently visited by families. The water in the old irrigation channels is perfect for playing.

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Family hike on "Tscharser Waalweg"
Family hike on "Tscharser Waalweg"

Right in front of Juval Castle you can see the mechanism of the old irrigation channels still today.

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View from "Tscharser Waalweg"
View from "Tscharser Waalweg"

From the Waalweg path, you can have a wonderful view of the valley and of the environs.

© IDM Südtirol - Frieder Blickle
"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.

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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.

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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.

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"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol
"Waalweg" path in South Tyrol

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

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