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Monticolo lakes

The two lakes immerged in a picturesque forest are a popular destination in the warm season.

Appiano has got a great scenic landscape to offer, whose aspects vary from altitude to altitude. On one of these scenic landscapes there are the Monticolo lakes, which are located in a protected area of some 100 hectares. After an exhausting hike, a jump into one of the lakes is a real pleasure.

The location of the lakes itself conveys a great atmosphere. Rocks and trees line the lakeside and the scenery seems to be fairytale-like.

The big Monticolo lake is located at 492 m asl and includes a surface of 17.8 hectares. It is characterised by a maximum depth of 11.5 m and a coastline of 2.2 km. At its lakeside, there is also the Lido of Monticolo, which provides relaxation and comfort, offering a swimming pool as well as a lawn. Otherwise there are some high rocks and other lovely places at the lakeside, which are by the way perfect for spending ones time on romantic summer evenings.

The little lake is located at 514 m asl and boasts a surface of 5.2 hectares, a maximum depth of 14.8 metres and a short coastline of 0.89 km. Most of the lakeside is open to the public. Particularly in autumn the pinewood and mixed forest surrounding the lakes provide a special charme. Pubescent oaks and pine forests, spurces and fir trees in the high forest, mixed woodlands which are rich in species with beeches, chestnut trees, limetrees and wild cherries characterise the landscape. However, the lakes are not alone. As remainings of the Ice Age, there are several other little ponds and fens.

At the west lakeside, right at the beginning of the big lake Caldaro, in hidden and picturesque position, there is the “Seeschlössl” residence, which once upon a time has even been inhabited. It has been built in 1988 by Mr. Josef Zastrow from Germany. In these days he also was owner of the residence Aichberg as well as of the lakes. Since 1902 the municipality of Appiano owns the building and the entire area. This residence has often been a motif for painters. The artist Max Sparer for example used to come and still comes to this place quite often.
The Seeschlössl has been built in Mediaeval style and also been adjusted accordingly to the landscape. The windows feature ogives and the castle really seems to be fairlytale-like.

If you walk round the lakes, which is recommendable, you also come past this fabulous place.

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