Winter Durnholz
Winter Durnholz

Lake Valdurna

In a side valley of the Val Sarentino, amidst the Sarentino Alps, the idyllic Lago di Valdurna lake is located

At the end of the Valle di Valdurna, a side valley of the Val Sarentino, the triangular Lake Valdurna - "Durnholzer See" in German, "Lago di Valdurna" in Italian - is located. The 900 m long and 350 m wide lake drains off by the eponymous stream which finally flows into the Talvera river near Bolzano. It contains few nutrients, nevertheless plenty of water plants grow and trouts live here. The lake is not accessible by car. Just before the village, there is a parking space (chargeable), from where a 300 m long road proceeds to the lake. Lake Valdurna is too cold to swim but a very nice walking path leads around it (1.5 hours), also with rest point. It is accompanied by the unique alpine panorama of the Sarentino Alps with the 2,741 high Cima di San Giacomo.

Lake Valdurna is also starting point for numerous hiking tours into the impressive alpine world of the Sarentino Alps. Destinations are the Forcella di San Cassiano saddle (3 hours), the Santa Croce di Lazfons Mountain Hut at 2,302 m a.s.l. (3.5 hours), the Forcella Vallaga Mountain Hut (3.5 hours) and the Seeb Mountain Hut (1.25 hours). At lower altitudes it is possible to walk until San Martino in Sarentino (1,492 m a.s.l., 2.5 hours) or Pennes (1,458 m a.s.l., 3.75 hours). In winter, the lake turns into a wonderful natural skating ground.

Altitude: 1,545 m a.s.l.
Surface: 12.4 hectares
Depth: max. 12.8 m
Category: mountain lake

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