At the Passo Stalle, the mountain pass between South Tyrol and East Tyrol, Lake Obersee is located
Between the Anterselva Valley in South Tyrol and the Defereggen Valley in East Tyrol, two beautiful lakes can be found: One of them is Lake Anterselva on the Italian side of the border. It is also called Untersee, Lower Lake. Above it, at 2,016 m a.s.l. at the Stalle Pass, there's the Obersee, the Upper Lake, on Austrian territory. From here, the road proceeds down into the Defereggen Valley.
The two lakes are not connected. Lake Obersee is very rich in fish: Minnow, arctic char, brown trout and rainbow trout live here. A diving expedition proved, that already 1,000 years ago fishing was done in its waters - back then, Lake Obersee and Lake Untersee were in possession of the Bishopric of Bressanone. The Obersee is surrounded today by low moor, alpine roses and Swiss pines. At its shores, the Obersee Mountain Hut invites you to try the Tyrolean delicacies.
The mountain lake is also well-known for some curiosities. In 1999, the highest located ship find of Europa was made here. You can admire this about 1,000 year old dugout, made of Swiss pine wood, in the Archaeological Museum Defereggen. The lake is also well-known for the worldwide highest located dragon boat race, which takes place every year. In winter, a cross-country ski track rounds the lake and a sledge run proceeds from Passo Stalle to Lake Anterselva.
Altitude: 2,016 m a.s.l.
Surface: 12.9 hectares
Length: 600 m
Width: 200 m
Maximum depth: 27 m
Water sports: dragon boat race