Lake Neves is located in the municipality of Selva dei Molini, in the province of Bolzano (South Tyrol) at 1856m above sea level.
Lake Neves is an artificial lake born from the construction of a dam, the highest in South Tyrol thanks to its 94,66 meters, managed by a joint venture of ENEL. It is located at the top of the Molini valley, a small side valley of the Valle Aurina, in Alto Adige: it can be reached by car from Brunico, along the state road to Segheria and then turning left onto the provincial road, which ends right at the lake where you can park in an equipped rest area. Alternatively, you can leave your car in Lappago (paid parking costs 4 euros) and take an excursion on foot of about an hour: this solution is optimal for those who find it difficult to drive in the mountains, as the The road that leads from Lappago to the lake, although paved, is steep and narrow, and is not always open. The last stretch of the road is tolled.
The lake is a tourist destination for families and lovers of relaxation, but at the same time it is also a starting point for many high mountain excursions, such as those that reach the Passo Ponte di Ghiaccio refuge (located at 2545 meters above sea level and in turn the starting point of numerous itineraries) and the Gran Pilastro Refuge, up to the summit of the Gran Pilastro at an altitude of 3.510 meters.
The lake is located in the heart of the Alps of Zillertal and is surrounded by peaks such as Punta Bianca, Cima di Campo and Gran Mesulè.
Quiet hikers can instead take the simple one flat ring surrounding the lake, to admire the majesty of the surrounding mountains from below. The route takes less than an hour and is completely problem-free.
But the main attraction for Lake Neves is the queen excursion in the area: theHigh Way of Neves. The route starts from the lake and winds at the foot of the Gran Mesulé and Punta Bianca, and is a high mountain route suitable for expert hikers. It is a highly panoramic excursion, you can admire a myriad of Dolomite peaks over 3.000 meters above sea level. Along the way, the Porro refuge and the Ponte di Ghiaccio refuge will be able to refresh the numerous hikers who travel the Alta Via with local delicacies. From the Ponte di Ghiaccio refuge, you descend via path 26 to Lake Neves, thus closing a memorable day in the mountains.
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