The Brennersee, the largest lake of the Wipptal valley, is located only a stone’s throw from the Passo del Brennero at 1,300 m a.s.l.
Lake Brenner is located 1 km in the north of the Brennero Pass, the famous border between North Tyrol (Austria) and South Tyrol (Italy). Its affluent and run-off is the Sill river, the waters of the lake boast the quality category I to II. The lake belongs to the municipality Gries am Brenner and is located in the component locality Brennersee, a little hamlet comprising a few buildings.
Due to its remote location in the heart of nature and the surrounding mountains, it is a popular destination for hikers. The jade colour is referable to an algae on its ground. Several trout and carp species live in its waters, but fishing and swimming are not permitted... and maybe not even wanted due to the cold water temperature of 12 degrees C even in high summer.
Also in winter, this area is terrain for those who love sports under the open sky. The snow-shoeing tour to the Padauner Kogel mountain (2,068 m a.s.l.) in the pre-Alps of Tux takes you for instance past the lake. Moreover, above the lake, there are two impressive waterfalls, one of which is used for ice climbing. As it is of medium to high difficulty, it is reserved only to experienced athletes. There is even a song on this lake, called "Brennersee Walzer" by the "Fidelen Inntaler"!
Altitude: 1,310 m a.s.l.
Surface: 5.5 hectares
Length: 350 m
Width: 200 m
Water sports: no