On the border of South Tyrol in Italy, North Tyrol in Austria and the Swiss Engadin region lies a fantastic destination for leisure hikers and athletes: the lake plateau of Resia/Reschen, home to the Resia Lake and the Haidersee lake. The spectacular Resia Lake, in western South Tyrol, is a perfect location for kite-surfers and water sports fans – even in wintertime, when its ice-covered surface becomes a popular destination for ice skaters, speed skaters, and snowkiters.

Unlike the Haidersee lake – a favored spot of fishermen and hikers – the Resia Lake is not a natural lake. It originated with the destruction of two villages, which now lie submerged in its waters. The inhabitants of the old villages of Curon/Graun and Resia/Reschen were evacuated in the 1950s and the two villages were flooded. The steeple which emerges like a memorial from the waters of the Resia Lake has become a landmark of the area.

The ancient Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta leads through the Resia Pass area, lined with the villages of Resia/Reschen, Curon/Graun and San Valentino/St. Valentin. This peculiar location has shaped both the area and its people. The Langtauferertal and Rojental side valleys are both absolutely spectacular, and form a recreation area appreciated especially by all seekers of quietude and connoisseurs of nature, as well as ski touring enthusiasts. With elevations starting at 1,400 m, snow is guaranteed all winter.

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