Lake Reschen, South Tyrol, Italy (with Map & Photos)

The largest fresh water body of South Tyrol is considered to be the Lake Reschen (Reschensee). It was created artificially, but on the basis of natural lakes, and is fed by alpine streams. With an area of ​​660 hectares, Reshensee is located at an altitude of 1498 m above sea level. The lake is not only a place for leisurely walks with the opportunity to admire beautiful landscapes, but also a playground for various sports. Also, the reservoir is home to many species of fish.

Lake Reschensee
Lake Reschen

The History of the Reschensee


The history of Lake Reschen began in 1950 during the construction of a large dam at the site of three natural lakes: Rezia, Curon and San Valentino alla Muta. To launch the hydroelectric power station here, the reservoirs were united. Then the settlements were flooded, and 163 houses were under water. Later settlements were rebuilt upstream.

Reschensee
Lake Reschen

Bell tower


The only evidence of the city that once existed on the site of the lake is the bell tower, which looks out directly from the water. The church, of which this building served as a part, was built in the middle of the 14th century and was flooded along with the city. They try to keep it in a representative state and during the reconstruction they even lowered the water level in the lake. In winter, when the water turns into ice, you can walk to the bell tower over the frozen surface. Legend has it that bells can be heard ringing on snowy winter days.

Lake Reschen
Lake Reschen

Things to do on Lake Reschen


The lake is open for outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, you can go skiing or ice skating here. During warmer times, enjoy walking, cycling or boating. It is very popular with kitesurfers and sailing enthusiasts. But swimming or fishing in the lake is not recommended.

Lake Reschen
Lake Reschen

How to get there


Near the lake, there is the Graun/ Curon stop, which can be reached by bus 273 from Malles Venosta (also called Mals ). The ride takes about half an hour.

Reschensee Map