Set off on your way. Hijack one of the most beautiful irrigation channels (Waalwege) of South Tyrol directly behind the Hotel FAYN on your road to happiness.
Time to catch your breath. And to dream. The South Tyrolean “Waalwege” follow the gently gurgling irrigation systems of fruit orchards. They wind their way along dry south facing slopes without any significant slopes. And boast magnificent panoramic views.
The Algund Waalweg, which passes directly behind the Hotel FAYN, is one of the most beautiful irrigation channel hikes in the Merano region. The path runs along a water channel from Plars through fruit orchards and shaded deciduous woodlands to Algund and continuing onto Gratsch. Amazing views over the Merano region are guaranteed.
Hikers keep coming back to the panoramic Merano High Mountain Trail and the Merano “Waalrunde” to experience the vitality-bestowing water courses again and again.
These “Waalwege” trails weren’t originally hiking routes in themselves. Rather, they follow the irrigation channels, which direct water from a stream or lake into agricultural crops: a typical method of slope irrigation dating back to the 13th century in North and South Tyrol.
In addition to the channels, the farmers used to lay out narrow bridges, which continue to be popular to this day on the hiking and walking trails. The proximity to the water and the feeling of being amongst wild-type fruit orchards without any high alpine inhospitableness make this unique hiking network along the irrigation channels popular with the hikers and walkers all-year round.
You can also enjoy the best of what the region has to offer in the “Buschenschenken" wine taverns and inns along the way.
INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE PATHS ALONG THE IRRIGATION CHANNELS
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