Nauders

Nauders is a municipality near the Reschenpass where three countries meet: Austria, Italy (South Tirol has belonged to Italy since 1919) and Switzerland.

Whilst elsewhere it is the stork who brings the babies, in Nauders newborns come from the “Holy Tree”. This is just one example of the many ancient myths and legends still told in this village near the Reschenpass connecting Austria and Italy. Nauders lies in a remote corner of Tirol, where guests who take the time to explore the valley on foot will find a magical mixture of lush high-alpine meadows and craggy peaks in a region with an eventful and turbulent history.

Since Roman times traders and travellers have used the high mountain passes between Austria and Italy on their journeys from north to south. One of the most important of these crossing points has always been the Reschenpass at 1,507m altitude. In fact, the municipality of Nauders actually covers three countries: Austria, Italy (since Austria lost control of South Tyrol in 1919) and Switzerland. Therefore, it should come as little surprise that Nauders has long been a popular stop for those journeying into the Swiss Engadin or the Vinschgau region of South Tyrol. To the north lies the Inntal Valley, where the Inn is still more a rushing stream than a mighty river. Smuggling, which used to be one of the main sources of income in this region, has today been replaced by a flourishing tourism industry thanks to excellent cross-border infrastructure for hikers, skiers and cyclists.

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The Schwarze See (Black Lake) certainly lives up to its name – the alpine moors around this lake above Nauders give the water a dark appearance. In summer the lake is covered with white water lilies., © Nauders
Natural monument

The Schwarze See (Black Lake) certainly lives up to its name – the alpine moors around this lake above Nauders give the water a dark appearance. In summer the lake is covered with white water lilies.



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The torture chamber in Schloss Naudersberg serves as a reminder of those poor souls subjected since the 14th century to painful question and answer sessions. Today the castle houses a museum as well as a restaurant and holiday apartments., © Nauders
Majestic castle

The torture chamber in Schloss Naudersberg serves as a reminder of those poor souls subjected since the 14th century to painful question and answer sessions. Today the castle houses a museum as well as a restaurant and holiday apartments.

Visitors to the “Skiparadies Reschenpass” can experience skiing and snowboarding in both Austria and Italy. This wintersports area straddling the Reschenpass regularly receives top ratings., © Nauders
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Visitors to the “Skiparadies Reschenpass” can experience skiing and snowboarding in both Austria and Italy. This wintersports area straddling the Reschenpass regularly receives top ratings.



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During the 1830s the Festung Nauders was carved up to 20 metres into the rockface. It is the only fully preserved fortress dating from this period of the Habsburg monarchy and today houses a military museum., © Nauders
Protective wall

During the 1830s the Festung Nauders was carved up to 20 metres into the rockface. It is the only fully preserved fortress dating from this period of the Habsburg monarchy and today houses a military museum.

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