Lake Anterselva, South Tyrol’s third largest lake, is situated in the Valle Anterselva, a tributary valley of the Val Pusteria.
Lake Anterselva - “Antholzer See” in German, “Lago di Anterselva” in Italian -, a 44 hectares big mountain lake at 1,642 m a.s.l., belongs to the municipality of Rasun-Anterselva and is surrounded by the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park, perfect for extended hikes and mountain bike tours. Those who prefer pleasant walks will enjoy the circular trail round the lake. Along this Lake Anterselva Nature Path you might get to know several curiosities about the lake as well as nature in general. Information panels affirm that in this area there are also flesh-eating plants.
Also the myth of its origin is told: once upon a time there were three prosperous farms in this area. When one day a beggar came to ask for charity and the farmers refused, the beggar foretold that there would come up three fountains, destroying the farms. The farmers laughed at him, but some days later this prediction came true. And this was the rise of Lake Anterselva.
Not far from the shore, there is the Anterselva Biathlon Centre, venue for World Championships and numerous competitions, as well as a cross-country ski school. When the lake is frozen in the cold months you can enjoy ice skating surrounded by a fairytale-like winter landscape.
Altitude: 1,642 m a.s.l.
Surface: 44 hectares
Depth: max. 38 m
Category: mountain lake