Lake Caldaro along the South Tyrolean Wine Route is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps.
Lake Caldaro belongs to the municipality of Caldaro and originates from an old riverbed of the Adige river, about 14 km in the south of the main city, which is Bolzano. Lake Caldaro is one of the largest lakes in South Tyrol. One of its main characteristics is its pleasant water temperature. Due to its minor depth of 4 m and its situation at 216 m, already in sping the water temperature is about 17 to 19 degrees C. In summer, however, it might rise up to pleasant 28 degrees C.
The lake is about 1.8 km long, 0.9 km wide and the deepest point is about 5.6 m. This figures result in a surface of 1.47 sqkm, enough for all those who love water sports. Lake Caldaro is not only perfect for swimming, but also for sailing, rowing, pedalo-ing, standup paddleboarding and windsurfing. Every year in spring the International Lake Caldaro Triathlon takes place.
Moreover Lake Caldaro includes the largest wetland area between the Po Plain and the Alpine divide which has also been admitted to the European reserve “Natura 2002″. This is where you can find a fairytale-like landscape. Hikes to the ruin of Castelchiaro towering high above the lake, to the bizarre “Horse Teeth” rocks (Denti di Cavallo) or a walk round the lake are only some of the possibilities adults and children can enjoy.
Altitude: 216 m asl
Surface: 155 hectares
Depth: max. 5.6 m
Category: natural lake for bathing