With its 12 km length, the Marlinger Waalweg is the longest Waalweg in South Tyrol. This path was constructed 250 years ago and now provides a perfect route along Etschtal/Val d’Adige.
Our starting point is the village of Töll/Tel, which has good public transport connections and a car park right at the start of the Marlinger Waalweg.
Our route begins on a good path alongside a rocky promontory through the Meraner Becken/Conca di Merano in a shady deciduous forest. We cross a bridge over the Vinschgau/Venosta railway line and traverse a series of well-lit meadows and luscious orchards, enjoying the panorama of the spa town of Meran/Merano, with views on Passeiertal/Val Passiria, Texelgruppe/Gruppo di Tessa and Tschöggelberg/Monzoccolo.
A rewarding adventure trail has been established on the Waalweg near Marling, displaying information on flora and fauna as well as several works of art. Our hike continues on to Tscherms/Cermes and around Lebensberg Castle. Then the path takes us to the entrance of Ultental/Val d’Ultimo and then heads slightly downhill into the village of Lana. From Lana good bus connections bring us back to our starting point.
Route rating/description: easy hike
Mountain range: Vigiljoch/Monte San Vigilio
Length: 12 km
Time: 4 ½ hours
Elevation gain: 20 m
Ideal time of year: all year round