Hike around the Great Montiggler Lake

Leisurely circular hike for the summer around the Great Montiggler Lake in the Unterland region, near the South Tyrolean Wine Route.

Level of difficulty

Medium

The trip in pictograms

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Impressions

Trip description

Parking lot Großer Montiggler See to the Seeschlössl

We start directly at the parking lot of the Montiggler See, not far from the Montiggler Lido and first follow the road back in the direction from which we came. Here we can enjoy a first view of the Great Montiggl Lake. On the right side, after a short while, a path turns off towards the lake and leads directly over a bridge through the reeds. Those who can comfortably cross the footbridge here with a wheelchair can also use this route. 
However, we continue along the road to the Garden Hotel Moser. Some of you may know the hotel as a popular training location for the German national football team. A little after the hotel we turn left and follow the road a little further before turning left again in the direction of the Großer Montiggler See. Up to now the whole way was asphalted. But now, turning left, we follow the circular hiking trail, which leads over forest soil. In some places the path is a bit narrow here and you should drive slowly and prudently along it. After about 5 minutes we reach the Seeschlössl, which rises out of the reeds like a fairytale castle. 

From the Seeschlössl back to the parking lot

From now on, the path is relatively wide and we can comfortably follow it once around the lake. There are viewpoints at various points. Here it is worthwhile to take a break and possibly have a snack. The view of the lake is most beautiful from the north side. No miracle therefore that here with good weather many people cavort. In addition, you will find benches to linger and the children use the rocks for daring jumps into the cool water.
On the west side of the lake, the path becomes a little steeper, but remains well developed. Should you be on the road without a traction motor, a pushing aid is advisable here at one or the other point. However, the trail does not climb more than 12 %. The last part of the route leads past the sunbathing lawns of the Lido and behind one of the buildings back to the car park.

Trail conditions

First from the parking lot of the Lido to just before the Seeschlössl asphalted Road. Afterwards, first a narrow forest road, then a wider forest road, which was partly worked up with gravel.

Directions

From Bolzano via the Mendelstraße in the direction of Kaltern. On the bypass road of St. Michael/Eppan turn right before the tunnel in the direction of the Montiggler Lakes. Along the vineyards of Girlan, after approx. 1.5 km you reach the parking lot II above the Montiggler Seen (two reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities). Following the road you reach car park I directly at the Lido. Here there are four parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Time requirement

Round trip total approx. 1 hour.

Difference in altitude

On this tour approx. 50 meters of altitude are mastered.

Suitable wheelchair

  • Wheelchair with traction device
  • off-road power wheelchairs

Accompanying person

An accompanying person is only required for the short section behind the Gartenhotel Moser to the Seeschlössl (due to the narrow width of the path and the busy oncoming traffic) and for somewhat steeper passages on the west side of the lake.
Experienced riders who are not afraid to ask other people for help in case of doubt can also try out the route without an accompanying person. 

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Level of difficulty

Medium

Explanation

Due to the narrow places and the slopes at the end of the tour with approx. 12 %. Loose ground can also make progress difficult - depending on the wheelchair used.

Accessible toilet

There is a barrier-free toilet in the restaurant Lido Montiggl. This is equipped with handholds and accessible without steps. However, the toilet is somewhat small. The lack of space can make assistance necessary, e.g. for moving.

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