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The Waalweg Trail
Hiking along the irrigation channel
The Waalweg Trail
The Waalweg Trail
The Waalweg Trail
The Waalweg Trail
The Waalweg Trail

The Waalweg Trail

Hiking along the irrigation channel

Twelve kilometers long, the Marlinger Waalweg trail is a popular hiking trail which runs along the former irrigation channels, the longest of its kind in South Tyrol. Starting at the Töllbrücke bridge, the 250 year-old path gently ascends through apple orchards and woods to firmer and more level ground. After pausing to admire the medieval Lebenberg Castle, hikers continue slightly downhill along the slope of Marling mountain to the village of Lana.

Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the entire length of the Marlinger Waalweg trail. The agricultural landscape lining the irrigation channels is also impressive, with meadows and forests alternating with vineyards and orchards. Along the Marlinger Waalweg trail there are also impressive views of the Merano basin, the Val Passiria/Passeier Valley, and the imposing Texelgruppe mountain range. The Marlinger Waalweg trail is well-connected to the public transport network, allowing visitors to move around without need for a car.
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Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail
Hiking, Waalwege Trails, Family Hikes
Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail
Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail to Lana with start in the center of Marling.
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Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail
Waalwege Trails, Family Hikes
Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail
Easy Hike on Marling Waalweg Trail with start in the centre of Marling.
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Marling Waalweg Trail to Töll
Waalwege Trails, Family Hikes
Marling Waalweg Trail to Töll
Marling Waalweg Trail to Töll with start in the center of Marling.
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Marling Waalweg, the longest of all the irrigation channel trails
Waalwege Trails, Family Hikes
Marling Waalweg, the longest of all the irrigation channel trails
Excursion on the Marling Waalweg, the longest of all the irrigation channel trails.
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Circular Hike on the Marling Waalweg and Höhenweg Trails
Family Hikes, Alpine Hikes
Circular Hike on the Marling Waalweg and Höhenweg Trails
Circular Hike on the Marling Waalweg and Höhenweg Trails with start at the Hotel Restaurant Waldschenke.
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Toward the Sun
Family Hikes
Toward the Sun
Toward the sun: easy route with start at the railway station of Marlengo. Route description This route leads from the village center toward Marling ...
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The Marlinger Waal

With a length of 12 km, the Marlinger Waal (irrigation channel) is the longest in the Meran basin. Running between Töll and Lana, it provides water to some 300 hectares of meadows and fields. Its construction dates back to the mid-18th century and the time of the Carthusian monastery of Allerengelberg in the Schnals Valley.
In 1619 the Carthusians had bought the Gojenhof estate in Marling to supply them with wine. Over 100 years later they began work on a Waal to irrigate the vines, to run from the River Etsch all the way along the slope of the Marling mountain. The Carthusians had experience in the construction of such waterways, having already created channels and gullies to supply water to a number of their monastery farms in the Schnals Valley.
The construction of the Marlinger Waal was much more difficult than expected, however, especially the first few kilometres through the steep rock. When the work began in 1737 it was expected to cost 12,000 guilders. Construction lasted 19 years and ultimately cost 80,000 guilders. Without the help of the municipality of Marling, the monastery could never have finished the Waal.
In 1897 a hydroelectric power plant began operation at Töll. Since then the water has run underground, through the rock, for the first 800 metres. The old Waal can however still be seen. In former times up to three “Waaler” watched over the channel, making sure the water never dried up. The alarm system is still in use today: a hammer attached to a waterwheel strikes a bell every time it turns. Should the bell stop sounding, this means the water has stopped flowing. The Waaler must then quickly identify the cause. He had a hut like this to shelter in at night and during thunderstorms.
Along the Marlengo Waalweg path
Restaurants and caffes along the irrigation path
Cafè - Bistro Aqualis
Marling
Cafè - Bistro Aqualis
Modern building, quiet area, directly at the waalweg, panoramic terrace; Restaurant. Coffee, cakes, snacks, pancake, refreshing drinks.
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Gasthaus Waalheim
Marlengo/Marling
Gasthaus Waalheim
The inn is situated on the Waalweg path.
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Hotel Gasthof Waldschenke
Marlengo/Marling
Hotel Gasthof Waldschenke
The restaurant ist situated on the „Waalweg trail“ (path along ancient irrigation channel).
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Jausenstation Larchwalderhof
Marlengo/Marling
Jausenstation Larchwalderhof
Typical inn on the Waalweg path.
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Panoramagrill Enzian
Marlengo/Marling
Panoramagrill Enzian
Enjoy knuckle of pork, spare ribs and chicken from the barbecue grill with a wonderful panoramic view over Merano. Only here: homemade french- fries. ...
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Restaurant Schönblick
Marlengo/Marling
Restaurant Schönblick
Restaurant on the Waalweg path.
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