Texel Group Nature Park
The Texel Group Nature Park, with an area fo 33,430 hectares, is the largest natural park in South Tyrol.
The Park is delineated to the south by the Etschtal valley, to the west by the Schnalstal valley, to the east by the Passeiertal valley and to the north by the Alps.
The extraordinary variety of species of both flora and fauna make this natural park particularly interesting for nature lovers. The geology of the Texel Group Nature Park is typical of the Central Alps. During the ice age the entire area of the park was covered by immense glaciers.
Today the Texel Group Nature Park is a habitat rich in water, and at its heart are the Spronser lakes. There are more or less 20 lakes in the natural park, and togheter they form the most extensive high alpine lake system in South Tyrol.
The most famous attraction in the park is the waterfall in Parcines. During the spring thaw this waterfall is known as one of the most impressive waterfalls in the entire Alpine region. The water-abundant Ziel stream shoots over a rock face and then tumbles 97 metres down into the deep.
The best loved hiking path in the nature park is the Merano High Path which runs for over 90 km. The highest point on this path is at 3,000 metres above sea level on the Eisjoch pass.