A little bathing lake with biotope near Bressanone in the Valle Isarco attracts many visitors in summer.
2 km north-east of Varna near Bressanone in the Valle Isarco, the little Lake Varna, a popular excursion destination, is located. Surrounded by woods and mountain sides, it offers quiet and relaxation. In former times, there were two lakes, in 1825 one of them was transformed into meadows.
Due to its low depth of max. 3.5 m, the lake has an enjoyable temperature already at the beginning of summer. In the northern part it is allowed to swim although the lake is in private hands. The southern part with its reeds is a protected biotope since 1977 and houses dragonflies, frogs, toads, salamanders and newts. The lake is fed only by a little spring but due to extensive remediation measures the water quality is excellent. Near the lake there is also a restaurant and a campsite with 70 pitches.
Lake Varna (Vahrner See, in German) can also be rounded, the 45 minutes lasting walk proceeds partly through shady woods. Other hiking possibilities in the area are the path no. 3B which proceeds to the Fortezza Fortress, which can be visited. Or you start in the upper village of Varna and walk along the path no. 1 to the lake. Cherry, chestnut and apple trees can be found along this route and information boards tell about historic and scientific particularities of the area.
Altitude: 712 m asl
Surface: 1.5 hectares
Depth: max. 3.5 m
Category: bathing lake, biotope