Lake Vernago

In Val Senales, near the place of discovery of Oetzi, the Ice Man, there is a lovely artificial lake.

Lake Vernago is a reservoir, which is situated in the middle of Val Senales in the west of Merano at 1,689 m asl. It is fed by the Senales river. The reservoir originated in the 1950s, when a 65 m high dam wall was built and eight farms as well as a church were flooded. Sometimes still today the church tower can be seen at low water. You can surround the lake on a circular trail, which takes you about 1.5 hours and features waterfalls, llamas and great views as well as several places to have a picnic.

In the surroundings of Lake Vernago you have got numerous possibilities regarding leisure time activities. From the lake, you can also hike to the place of discovery of the famous Ice Man, Oetzi, at the Passo di Tisa mountain pass (3,200 m asl). Furthermore this area attracts a large number of people due to the Senales nearly-whole-year-round skiing area. The small village of Vernago al Lago is situated at the lakeside.

Numerous fish species spash about in the waters, e.g. brown trouts, rainbow trouts and pikes, which are very popular with fishermen. Therefor you need an Italian state licence (available at the city administration Kurverwaltung Merano) as well as a day ticket (available in the tavern in Vernago al Lago).

Altitude: 1,689 m asl
Surface: 100 hectares
Depth: max. 54 m
Category: reservoir

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Oberraindlhof
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    Hotel Oberraindlhof

  2. Hotel & Chalets Edelweiss
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    Hotel & Chalets Edelweiss

  3. Berghotel Tyrol & Firn
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    Berghotel Tyrol & Firn

  4. Piccolo Hotel Gurschler
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    Piccolo Hotel Gurschler

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