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Irrigation channel paths called ‘Waalwege’

 
They run across the steppe-like slopes of the Sonnenberg mountain in South Tyrol’s western-most valley system, the Val Venosta/Vinschgau, as lush green strips. In fact this sunny area receives a third less rainfall compared with Bolzano.

Centuries ago the semi-arid climate drove mountain farmers to dig an intricate system of water channels called ‘Waalen’ to irrigate their fields. The water is diverted from streams fed by the run-off from glaciers in the incredibly high mountains encircling the Val Venosta and today the shady maintenance pathways beside the burbling water (‘Waal-Wege’) provide pleasant, relaxing family walks amid the most spectacular mountain scenery. Popular trails include that at Burgusio/Burgeis (Oberwaal), Sluderno/Schluderns, Glorenza/Glurns and Laces/Latsch.
Val Venosta/Vinschgau tourist board
Kapuziner-Strasse 10
I-39028 Silandro/Schlanders
Tel. + 39 0473 620480
www.vinschgau-suedtirol.info  
 
 
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