RS defreggen staller sattel obersee
RS defreggen staller sattel obersee

Lake Obersee

At the Passo Stalle, the mountain pass between South Tyrol and East Tyrol, Lake Obersee is located.

Between the Valle di Anterselva in South Tyrol and the Defereggental valley in East Tyrol, two beautiful lakes can be found, which are really worth a visit. One of them is Lake Anterselva in South Tyrol and therefore on Italian territory. It is also called Lake Untersee. Above it, at 2,016 m asl at the Passo Stalle mountain pass, Lake Obersee is located. The area already belongs to East Tyrol in Austria, from here a road proceeds down into the Defereggental valley. The two lakes are not connected.

Lake Obersee is about 600 m long, 200 m wide and 27 m deep. It is very rich in fish. A diving expedition proved, that already 1,000 years ago fishing was done in the Lake Obersee. Then, more precisely in 1048 AD, Lake Obersee and Untersee were in possession of the Bishopric of Bressanone. Lake Obersee is surrounded by low moor, alpine roses and Swiss pines. At its shore, the Oberseehütte mountain hut is located, which offers Tyrolean delicacies.

Lake Obersee is a popular excursion destination and also well-known for some curiosities. In 1999, the highest located ship find of Europa was made in 8 m depth. The about 1,000 year old dugout, made of Swiss pine wood, today can be admired in the Archaeological Museum Defereggen. And 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 the Lake Anterselva.

Altitude: 2,016 m asl
Surface: 12.9 hectares
Maximum depth: 27 m

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