The village was not always situated at a lake. The dam was only built during the 50’s to reach a height of 40 metres. Later, it was extended to 60 metres. During Springtime, if the water level is relatively low, a part of the former church tower still appears on the water surface
For the farmers, the building of the dam was a real tragedy similar to that at Lake Reschen
, only to a lesser extent. Some farming families were able to settle at the shores of the dam; others had to leave the valley, moving into an unsure future. Today, the lake reflects a wonderful range of colours during the summer months, as well as in Autumn: it reflects many facets
– from the brilliant white of the snowy mountain peaks to a strong, nearly unnatural looking smeared green and different tones of gold and red. Vernag0 offers the full range.
From Vernago a path runs through the Tisen Valley
to the Similaun Hut
and up to a height of more than 3,000 metres
, near to the site, where the sensational ‚Iceman‘
was found. If you decide to take this mountain tour, you need a lot of stamina. However, there are also other beautiful hiking trips, e.g. around the lake, which are suitable for families
. Around mid June and towards the mid of September, Vernago is centred around the sheep
. For centuries, sheep have been driven onto the meadows of the back of the Ötz Valley
around June from where they return in their thousands towards the mid of September.