Gaulschlucht gorge in Lana
The Valsura river has carved a deep gorge into the rocks at the beginning of the Val d’Ultimo, which can be admired on the Gaulschlucht promenade.
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Testimonies of natural forces are spread all over the area of Merano and surroundings. A particular impressive example is the Gaulschlucht gorge at the entrance of the Val d’Ultimo, in the west of Lana.
From the Valsura bridge at Gries in Lana di Sopra, you proceed into the wild valley along its river. The well-established hiking trail is secured by wooden bridges and is a contrast to the wilderness of the Gaulschlucht gorge. Rough rock faces, dark caves, waterfalls and the rushing Valsura river make this walk an impressive adventure. What you absolutely should not to for safety reasons, however, is to descent down to the riverbed, as the opening of water gates can cause a prompt rising of the water level.
On the right side of the valley, there is a way that leads up towards Castello Braunsberg and the Val d’Ultimo road. If you walk this trail you can also see the gorge from above, down to the village of Lana.