Just 17 km stand between our hotel and Lake Carezza, in South Tyrol. Hence, it will only take a few minutes’ drive on a winding mountain road for you to glimpse it through a curtain of evergreens in all its emerald splendour.
Lake Carezza is perhaps the most intriguing of all the numerous highlights around our 4-star hotel in Moena, as witnessed by the constant flow of tourists that venture to this natural monument to drop their jaw the way Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie did in the past, back when it was more of an insider tip a bit off the beaten track. Nowadays, with dedicated parking facilities and adequate infrastructures, Lake Carezza has become a must.
As we mentioned the “Queen of Crime”… did you know that the cliffhanging finale of her “The Big Four” is set right there in Carezza, more precisely in the Latemar Labyrinth?
The journey to Lake Carezza takes you down the State road 241, which meanders through woods and meadows providing a foretaste of the fairy-like world you are about to enter. A few minutes’ drive and there it is: set deep into a bezel of spruce, the lake shines like a turquoise gem. Do not let it distract you from your driving – just ahead, on the other side of the road, you will find the car park and a brand-new subway that will take you straight to the lake.
The best things come in small packages – Lake Carezza occupies but 35 sqmt, but does so with such grace that it is hard to notice anything else. It lies modestly at the foot of the majestic Latemar and Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountains, which reflect in the crystal-clear mirror of its waters.
You can explore the lake down the path that runs along its entire perimeter, offering a series of panoramic viewpoints.
At some point, you will notice her: on the shore, over the fence, there is a bronze statue of Ondina, the lake nymphs. According to the legend, the warlock of Latemar fell head-over-heels in love with her and created a marvellous rainbow in the hope it would attract her. It did, but as soon as she caught sight of the warlock, Ondina fled. Humiliated, he tore the rainbow to pieces and threw them into the lake, thus giving Lake Carezza its famous shimmering hues.
Tearing yourself apart from this spectacular setting will be hard and you might feel the urge to see it again in the following days – good job our hotel is so close to Lake Carezza!
Although our hotel is so close to Lake Carezza, it would be a shame to drive there for just one tour of the lake. Our suggestion: leave early in the morning, pay the due respects to the “Lake of the Rainbow”, and then enjoy a hike in the surroundings, choosing one of the various paths available. For example, you can reach the “Rock Labyrinth” that inspired Agatha Christie walking down her eponymous path. Remember to wear good trekking footwear and to bring a camera device: your shots will collect thousands of “Like”!
If you are visiting us in winter or early spring, chances are that you will not be able to see the lake’s blue and green shades, for the whole area is usually cloaked in a thick blanket of snow during the cold months. Do not be put off, though – provided that you wrap up warmly, you can still enjoy Lake Carezza. The tour around the lake requires good soles and some attention to avoid slipping on the icy path, but the spectacular views to the snow-capped mountains and forests and the ice sculptures taking shape among the tree branches make it worth your while.
When you feel you have had your fair share of wonder and cold temperatures, you can drop by at the bar next to the car park and “defrost” your hands and throat with a steaming-hot cup of tea and a snack. Take your time – the Hotel Alle Alpi is just a few minutes away and soon you will be able to enjoy the soothing warmth of our sauna!