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HISTORY AND CULTURE


Trade routes, imposing monasteries and castles. And a tower in the lake ...


War-time bunkers. A tower in the lake. Stories of powerful princes.  An abbey that can be seen from miles around and looks like a fortress. All around you: imposing mountains. However magical the scenery, people have left their mark too. Unmistakably. Customs and traditions have been handed down through the centuries; ancient monuments bear silent witness to days long past. 

 

The Romans already realised that Reschen was an important link between north and south. Via Claudia Augusta, which was once a Roman trade route and is now a cycling route, bears witness to this. Later, the Kaiserjäger infantry defended their homeland here. The horrors of the first and second world wars shaped and scarred the area and its people. The struggle for the beloved homeland continued, although South Tyrol had been part of Italy since 1919. The reason: the hydroelectric scheme for Lake Reschen. 

 

But the struggle was in vain - the lake was dammed in 1950. Alt-Reschen and Alt-Graun were swallowed up by the waters of Lake Reschen. The bell tower rises above the waters of the lake to remind us. The museums in Graun and Schluderns also have a lot to tell, as do the St. Nikolaus church in Rojen with its remarkable frescoes, Churburg Castle, which goes back to 1260 and is one South Tyrol's best preserved castles and of course: Kloster Marienberg, Europe's highest Benedictine abbey.