From Samnaun the road leads you to the Reschecnpass and to the Lake Reschen. Just like a mirage, in the middle of Lake Reschen, the tower rises above the surface – the landmark of the Vinschgau valley – both strange and yet fairytale- like at the same time. In reality, sombre and tragic, the picture postcard appearance belies a darker, silent witness to the Second World War. In 1939 the industrial engineering and chemical company Montecantini submitted a project to create an artificial reservoir for it only to be finished in 1950; the dams were closed and the land was flooded. Nearly 150 families were forced to re-locate or even emigrate for the creation of the reservoir and little compensation was made for their sacrifice. Today the the church tower in Lake Reschen is protected as a historic monument.
The tour then continues through South Tyrol to the Dolomite region. Your day's destination is the Rubner's Hotel Rudolf in Reischach near Brunico - directly on the Kronplatz and in the immediate vicinity of the Three Peaks. The hike to the Three Peaks is a must see for hiking and mountain lovers.
Weather at the route's trailhead