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 canals (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 canal 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 Start
Partschins/Parcines, village center
Tour End
Partschins/Parcines, village center

From Partschins/Parcines village 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 Zielbach until you arrive to the entry of the ancient Waalweg (irrigation canal) of Partschins/Parcines. You follow the irrigation canal direction east. At the end of the Waalweg you follow the footpath n° 7A to Vertigen and then to Partschins/Partschins village center.


Due to the limited parking facilities in the municipality of Parcines and in the spirit of sustainability, as well as the protection of the Parcines recreational area, we ask you to use public transport. Thank you very much!

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