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‘Waal‘ irrigation channels in South Tyrol

‘Waal‘ irrigation channels in South Tyrol

Going where the water flows

‘Waal‘ irrigation channels
Without ‘Waal‘ irrigation channels, the farmers in the western parts of South Tyrol would be high and dry without water. These channels, or ‘Waale’, were laid in the 13th century in order to provide dry areas with irrigation for agriculture. Narrow paths were also built alongside the channels to allow access for valuable maintenance and ensure that the precious water was distributed fairly.

These days the paths alongside these irrigation channels are idyllic walking paths that allow leisurely walks through the South Tyrolean countryside all year round. They are popular with those seeking a bit of peace and quiet, as well as with more energetic types eager to get out and about and enjoy the first days of spring.

The mostly flat-running Marlinger Waalweg offers fantastic views of the area around Meran and its blossoming fruit trees and, at 12 km long, is the longest in South Tyrol. The Kuenser Waalweg, in the Passeiertal valley, or the Tscharser Waalweg, running from the village of Tschars to Schloss Juval castle above Naturns, also feature particularly attractive countryside.

Farm Holidays in areas of South Tyrol with ‘Waalwege’:

> holiday flats in the Vinschgau
> rooms in the Vinschgau

> holiday flats at Meran and surroundings
> rooms at Meran and surroundings