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On the way on the Algund und Mais Waalweg

The irrigation channels (Waalwege) in South Tyrol are an excellent way to get to know the country's fantastic nature and enjoy beautiful viewpoints.

Hotel Algund Hiking Waalweg
Hotel Algund Hiking Waalweg

As Waale are referred to as artificial irrigation channels, which originated in the 13th century. The term is derived from the Latin word "Aqualis", which means as much as watercourse. To maintain and preserve the Waal, usually a footbridge or Waalweg was constructed. Today, the paths along the canals serve as walking and hiking trails that are accessible all year round.

For example, above Algund runs the Algunder Waalweg, from which hikers have unique views of the Adige Valley. The path is a total of six kilometers long and leads from Ober- or Mitterplars over Algund and further to Gratsch. The Töll is the starting point of the hike, after which one walks over the Adige bridge towards Oberplars. From Oberplars, hikers continue through the beautiful vineyards to Merano, where one very often also encounters olive trees, cypresses, and palms. Afterwards, one has the opportunity to walk to Dorf Tirol or along the Tappeinerweg to Merano.

Enjoyable hiking on the Maiser Waalweg

A very beautiful circular hike takes you from Schenna over the Maiser Waalweg comfortably through orchards and mixed forest. A large part of the path runs along the Passer river, and along the way, hikers also have the opportunity to stop at family-friendly inns. The starting point of the hike is the village center of Schenna, then it goes over the Kalnaun- and Leiterweg to the Maiser Waalweg, which leads over the Schnuggenbach and the Petaunerhof to the Riffianerweg and back to Schenna.

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Algunder Waalweg

Start: Töll-Oberplars
Elevation difference: 211 meters
Length: about six kilometers
Walking time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Maiser Waalweg

Start: Schenna/Information office
Elevation difference: 270 meters
Length: 6.7 kilometers

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