Eisack in Bolzano

The Eisack (Italian Isarco, Isarch Ladin, Latin Isarcus ) is the second largest river in South Tyrol (Italy). It rises on the burner at a height of 1990 m and ends after 96 km just south of Bolzano in the Adige. The catchment area of the river is about 4200 km ². The Eisack first flows through southern Wipptal and from Varna by the Eisacktal, which he has also been given the name.

Major towns along the Eisack are Sterzing, Brixen, Klausen, Ponte Gardena and Blumau. The largest tributary is the Rienz with which the Eisack in Brixen united; Another important tributaries are the Talfer from the Sarn Valley, the Ridnauner Bach, Bach Pflerscher, Pfitscher Bach, Bach Villnößer, Gardena river, Braibach (also called Tierser Bach ) and the Eggentaler Bach.

Important is also the Eisack for power generation: In Fortezza, Klausen and Waidbruck the river is dammed and this partially derived. In addition, the Eisack is operated to the reservoir Fortezza rafting on the upper reaches.

Worth seeing are three covered bridges that cross in quick succession below the Eisack Klausen, namely the Törggelebrücke that Atzwanger bridge and the bridge Steger.

Atzwanger bridge

Steger bridge


According to the current state of research is the name of the river on the Indo-European root it or is in the significance is attributed " ( flowing ) water," which has narrowed in recent languages ​​on the solid state of water ( " ice ").

From this root, a number of other river names are derived from:

  • Iser (Czech Republic), Izera (Poland )
  • Isère (France)
  • Isel ( Austria )
  • Isar ( Germany )
  • IJssel (The Netherlands )

By Inscription on Tropaeum Alpium the name of settling on Eisack by 15 AD Rhaetian tribe has survived: Isarci. The immigrant from 600 AD Bavarians appended to the existing name of the river to the typical Baiuvarii Ache. Accordingly, was to the late 19 th century. the name Eisach use for the river.