Lake Tassenbach

The artificial lake Tassenbach offers a nature educational trail and is located in the Hochpustertal valley.

Already several centuries ago, in the municipality of Strassen in the Hochpustertal valley, there was supposed to be an artificial lake. In these days the brash and defrost water of the nearby Messensee lake buried the Roman settlement of Messa, which resulted in a lake that was established towards the hamlet of Tassenbach. Written documents regarding fishing in this lake date by the way back to the 14th century. In the centuries to follow, the lake started drying up.

In the place where this lake was originally situated, today there is the little water reservoir Tassenbach, which is part of the powerhouse Amlach. In fact, when the lake was planned, the focus was set on preserving the local ecologic circumstances. The reservoir was established like a little lake with bankside and reed belt, which resulted in a further living environment for animals and plants. Plants that used to grow here before were removed and replanted round the lake. Also the rare creeping willow and bay willow grow in this place. The artificial lake Tassenbach is by the way one of the main resting points for migrating birds in this area and is also habitat for about 150 bird species.

This unique natural landscape can be experienced along the nature educational trail Tassenbach. This trail of 2 km takes round the biotope and provides varied information both for adults and kids. The information panels along the trail have been designed by school kids in the frame of a yearly contest. This path is by the way also accessible by wheelchair users and families with prams.

Altitude: 1,070 m asl

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