latschanderwaal waalweg
latschanderwaal waalweg

Hike along the Latschander Waalweg path

An easy hiking tour in the lower Val Venosta valley leads along the Latschander water channels from Laces to Ciardes

From Merano, we reach the village of Laces (Latsch) by the Val Venosta Train. From the centre of Laces, we follow the main road towards west for about 10 minutes until we turn right into the Via Tisser road and reach the beginning of the Latschander Waalweg path, which will finally lead us to Castelbello and Ciardes. The first section of the Waalweg path leads through the deciduous forest, parallel to the main road of the Val Venosta.

Soon the path leads further away from the road and crosses stony sections and wooden bridges. Under us we see the Adige river running through a narrow ravine (called "Latschander"), the railway, the cycling path and the main road, while the above fruit orchards reach until Monte Tramontana. Having left the forest, the trail crosses the vineyards of the Val Venosta valley.

Here, at 650 m a.s.l., the Riesling grape is grown. The next section of the trail offers nice views of the village of Castelbello (Kastelbell) with its beautiful castle. Crossing an apple orchard, we reach the Rio Colsano brook, where the Latschander Waalweg path ends. We continue our hiking tour on the Hochgalsaun Trail (no. 3) to Ciardes (Tschars). On a stony section, this trail leads quite steeply upwards for about 100 metres. Finally, after crossing some beautiful chestnut orchards, we reach the village of Ciardes and take the train back to the starting point.

Author: AT

suited for families difficulty: easy
  • Starting point:
  • Time required:
    03:00 h
  • Track length:
    10,5 km
  • Altitude:
    from 558 m to 702 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +170 m | -239 m
  • Signposts:
    Latschanderwaal, Hochgalsaunweg, 3, 1A
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    Hike along the Latschander Waalweg path

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