A Piece of Nature: Rieserferner-Ahrn
The Rieserferner-Ahrn natural park is a special kind of park, some short facts on the area:
- The natural park Rieserferner-Ahrn has the largest share of glaciers of all the South Tyrolean natural parks.
- Combined with the Zillertaler Hauptkamm nature reserve (372 km2) is this the biggest protection area in all of Europe.
- The overall area is about 2.741 km2
- The following municipalities are part of the nature reserve: Sand in Taufers, Gais, Percha, Rasen-Antholz, Ahrntal and Prettau.
Water is the most important element of Ahrntal, which also applies to this natural park: Its water wealth in the form of numerous waterfalls is special in itself. Particularly well known are the Pojer waterfall or the Reinsbach waterfalls. The river Ahr borrows the valley its name and lets one fact be known: Water is the sustaining force of the valley. Wild yet tamed, those mountain streams pave their paths into the valley. The Antholzer lake and the circular trail in 2003 have been transformed into a natural experience trail. A walk around the lake can be used in a great way to learn more about the liquid gold.