Ries-Aurina/Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Reserve
The Ries-Aurina/Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Reserve extends over an area of 31,320 hectares (77,849 acres), from the Valli di Tures & Aurina/Tauferer Ahrntal in the northwest, to the Austrian border in the east, to the Anterselva/Antholz valley in the south-east and the to Val Pusteria/Pustertal valley in the south.
The nature reserve borders onto the Austrian Hohe Tauern National Park. The Ries-Aurina Nature Reserve boasts more glaciers than any other protected area in South Tyrol. The nature reserve is unusually rich in water in all its manifestations. Mountain streams thunder down over rock faces and terraces. Among the many waterfalls the spectacular Reinbach falls in the valley of the same name provide a rewarding walking destination to marvel at the wild water crashing down from a mountainside terrace near Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers. The Lago di Anterselva/Antholzer See lake is situated in the head of the valley of the same name. It is South Tyrol's third-largest lake and together with its surrounding area it is protected as a biotope. The Nature Reserve Visitor Centre has been conceived under the motto "Nature's frontiers are also man's frontiers" A three-dimensional relief shows mountains, pathways, refuges, lakes and waterfalls. A time pendulum explains the evolutionary history of the mountains, the composition of which is shown by a kind of stone puzzle. Minerals and life-size hand-carved raptors can also be admired.