Hiking, easy, Winter hikes

Round trip along the ancient "Waalweg" (irrigation channel) of Partschins/Parcines

Splendid views over the surrounding countryside and the perfect place for an easy stroll to the accompaniment of the tinkling music of pure, clear, fresh water.

General description

This is one of the oldest irrigation channels (Waalweg) of Merano and environs!
It was built in the XV century by the Counts of Stachelburg and is, therefore, more than five hundred years old. The channel is lined by birch-tree groves and rich, varied vegetation and is still used to irrigate the Parcines orchards, meadows and fields. 
An ancient “Wohnstein”, a free-standing, curved rock in whose shadow ancient people lived, and a pre-historic “Schalenstein” – a stone with strange round-shaped indentations on it, dating back to the Copper Age, can be seen at the eastern end of the Waal path.
This particular walk is especially interesting for those interested in local history.

Route description

Tour Starting Point
Parcines village center (bus roundabout)
Tour End
Parcines village center (bus roundabout)

From Partschins/Parcines centre you follow the Sonnenbergstraße direction west then you pass the suspension bridge until you arrive the Winklerhof. From there you follow the trail No. 1 near the river Ziel until you arrive to the entry of the ancient Waalweg (irrigation channel) of Partschins/Parcines. You follow the irrigation channel direction east. At the end of the Waalweg you follow the footpath No. 7A to Vertigen and then to Partschins/Partschins village center.


-At Mairhof, Parcines bus turning;
At the parking lot, only short-term parking max. 1 hour with parking disc; max. 8 hrs.;
in the basement parking;
-At Zehentstraße, Parcines;
All-day, in the designated parking area;
-Public swimming pool, Parcines, Zehentstraße;
All-day, in the designated parking area.

Public transport

From Meran/o: Bus 213 to Parcines
From Vinschgau valley: train 250 or Bus 251 to Rabland – and from there Bus 265 to Partschins.

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