The origin of Lake Reschen

The tower in the water

In the year 1949/50, the villages of Curon Venosta/Graun and Resia/Reschen in OberVenosta Valley became victims of a ruthless dam project.
The history of this lake damming almost reads like a detective story - but it's the story of a disaster.

The location, where the famous Lake Reschen now stretches, was once home to a thriving countryside and the picturesque village of Curon Venosta.
Filled with passing traffic between Bolzano and Landeck, with broad gabled inns, the "Adler" (Warger) and the "Traube" (Reinhartl) - our current Traube Post Hotel was a stop for the post office. 163 houses as well as 523 hectares of fertile cultivated soil fell victim to the flooding.

About half of the 650 inhabitants of Curon Venosta had to move away into the unknown, around 1,000 people were affected by the catastrophe, 120 family farms lost their basis for existence, which was almost exclusively linked to the livestock. The church tower, which today rises out of Lake Reschen, is the only thing left to be seen from the lost Curon Venosta.

The church tower of Altgraun projecting out of the midst of the water reminds us, as if a silent accusation, of the "progress" which had to be paid at whatever price.

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