ulten zoggler stausee
ulten zoggler stausee

Lake Zoccolo

Lake Zoccolo, the largest of six artificial lakes in the Val d’Ultimo valley, is located in the municipal area of S. Valburga.

Lake Zoccolo (Zoggler Stausee in German) is an artificial lake of 143 hectares in Val d’Ultimo that impounds the Valsura river that rises at the head of the valley and empties into the Adige river near Lana. The power plant S. Valburga was constructed in the period 1957 - 1963, while two farmsteads drowned in the waters of the lake. These farms were the most beautiful of the entire area.

The dam wall of a length of 516.35 m can be seen from afar. This is where several hikes and walks start, leading to the “Ultner Talweg” path, that takes to the so-called “Karrenweg”, a historical trail that can also be walked. The Seeweg path, another trail in this area, takes from the dam to Pracupola and is also very popular with mountain bikers. If you aim higher, from Lake Zoccolo you can reach the Holzschlag alpine pasture (1,572 m a.s.l.) and the Spitzner Mountain Hut (1,833 m a.s.l.), which still produces cheese and butter.

At the lakeside of the artificial lake in Pracupola, every autumn there is the traditional Market of Pracupola, the inaugural event of the speciality weeks “Ultner Lammwochen” (Lamb Weeks).

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