How much habitat we let nature? Until the mid-20th century, the estuary was a 100-acre natural paradise in the ever more intensively used Adige Valley. The whole Adige Valley was once a giant natural paradise full of ponds, riverside forests and bogs. People would keep away from the marshlands and its bad smell and instead settled on the elevated plains, hills and mountains of the area - not least because of the many floods. That explains the village development in many modern municipalities like Lana, Postal or Gargazzone. Yet in the middle of the 20th century about 100 hectares of the lands in the river delta of the Valsura lay fallow. In the course of the German and Italian economic miracles the area experienced an unstoppable industrialisation that nearly upset its natural balance. When people started to rethink this ‘progress' in the 1970's the remains of the river delta of the Valsura were declared a protected biotope. Today the delta covers about 32 hectares, it is a refuge for many endangered animals and an irreplaceable habitat for more than 230 species of bird, including 50 breeding birds, amphibians, colubrids, fish and water insects, as well as for numerous rare plants. Tip Visitors who walk around in the accessible part of the mostly untouched delta can take a break at the ponds or bogs and listen to the countless number of birds and frogs. A visit is possible throughout the year!
FROM THE NORTH Munich - Rosenheim - Kufstein (A 12 Inntal Freeway, obligatory toll) - Innsbruck (A 13 Brenner Freeway, obligatory toll) - Brennero (A 22 Brennero Freeway, obligatory toll) - Bolzano (Exit Bolzano South) - Lana (MEBO-Highway) Munich - Garmisch - Innsbruck - Brennero (A 22 Brennero Freeway, obligatory toll) - Bolzano (Exit Bolzano South) - Lana (MEBO-Highway) Alternative: Brennero - Vipiteno - Passo Giovo - Val Passiria - Merano - Lana Oetztal - Passo Rombo - Val Passiria - Merano - Lana FROM THE WEST Ulm - Kempten - Fuessen - Fernpass - Imst - Landeck - Passo Resia (State Road 40 + 38) - Merano - Lana Bregenz - Feldkirch - Arlberg - Landeck - Passo Resia (State Road 40 + 38) - Merano - Lana St. Moritz - Ofenpass - Münster - Taufers in Muenster - Glorenza - Merano - Lana Zurich - Landquart - Klosters - Vereinatunnel - Zernez - Ofenpass - Muenster - Taufers in Muenster - Glorenza - Merano - Lana FROM THE EAST Lienz - Innichen - Val Pusteria (State Road 49) - (A 22 Brennero Freeway, obligatory toll) Bolzano - Merano (MEBO-Highway) - Lana.