Spectacular mountain landscapes where Austria, Italy and Switzerland meet: the Kaunertal region lies between the Reschen Pass, the Kaunertaler Glacier and the small village of Prutz in the Inntal Valley.
The area where the Tiroler Oberland, the Swiss Engadin and the Italian area of Vinschgau meet is known as the “Rhaetian Triangle” in reference to the fact the three regions were originally populated by the Rhaetian people. This heritage is reflected today in the names of many villages in the Tiroler Oberland. The mountainous landscape between the Reschenpass, the Kaunertal Glacier and the small village of Prutz in the Inntal Valley comprises three separate holiday regions which have joined forces: Nauders, Tiroler Oberland and Kaunertal. The largest town, Landeck, is just a short drive from each of these regions. Heading south from Landeck, the Kaunertal region branches off to the left and climbs up past the 6km long Gepatsch Stausee reservoir as far as the Kaunertal Glacier. To the south-west of Landeck lies the “Oberes Gericht”, an area stretching from the villages of Ried and Pfunds with its fine farmhouses as far as Nauders near the Reschenpass.
Three ski resorts, alpine wheat fields and an underwater church
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the many villages such as Spiss, the highest village in Austria at 1,627m, as well as the beautiful Kaunergrat Nature Park. Typical of the region are the many canyons, high meadows, pine forests and mountain lakes such as the Schwarzer See with its moorland habitat home to many species. A more surprising sight are the fields of potatoes, barley and wheat which can even be seen in Nauders at 1,400m and are possible thanks to the relatively dry and sunny climate which skiers also appreciate in winter. There are three ski resorts in the area, with the Kaunertal Glacier offering slopes up to 3,160m altitude. A must-see attraction is Lake Reschensee over the border in South Tirol. Its church spire protruding from the waters of this peaceful lake is a surreal image whatever the season.