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“Waal” trails

nature and culture
A leisurely stroll along the “Waal” trails - the paths along the old irrigation ditches around Merano / Meran - not only provides wonderful views over the cultural landscape of the valley and the surrounding mountains, but also provides a distinctly spiritual lift. The network of trails along the irrigation ditches runs through the mountains in Val d’Adige and circles the entire basin of Merano.
On a trail that stretches for about 80 km, walkers can discover in total relaxation the entire regional landscape at basically any time of the year. The route around Merano is comprised of 11 irrigation ditch trails: the “Waalweg” of Lagundo / Algund, of Caines / Kiens, Rifiano / Riffian, the Maiser Waalweg, the Scena Waalweg, the Brandiswaalweg in Lana, Cermes / Tscherms, Marlengo / Marling, Parcines / Partschins, Rablà / Rabland and the Wallburg in Naturno / Naturns. Each of these paths has its idiosyncrasies: castles, churches and monuments along the natural trails allow walkers to relive a very varied history. The scenic setting through which the paths weave highlight very clearly the cultural landscape that the holiday area of Merano is able to offer. For those who like a less arduous experience, several routes that can be undertaken on the buses which depart from Merano will take you to the surrounding villages where some of these “waal” can be found.
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