On the South Tyrolean side of the Stilfserjoch National Park, a total of five visitor centres have been set up for the many interested visitors from all over the world: naturatrafoi, aquaprad, culturamartell, as well as avimundus in Schlanders and the lahnersäge in Ultental. Each visitor centre focuses on a different important theme of the National Park: from flora and fauna to history and geology, the element of water, the forest and man himself.
Today we introduce you to aquaprad. The visitors’ centre that deals with the element of water.
The aquaprad visitor centre is located in the village centre of Prad am Stilfserjoch. Here everything revolves around the topic of water and the permanent exhibition is called “Among fish – a journey into strange worlds”.
Twelve aquariums designed in a naturalistic way in the aquaprad teach you about the alpine habitat of streams, rivers, lakes, moors and ponds. You can experience 30 different native fish species with a direct view into the lake. The European pond turtle, which was once native to the area, and other reptiles and amphibians can also be observed up close.
Large panorama windows give you a wonderful insight into the close but unknown world of South Tyrolean fish fauna. The focus is clearly on the autochthonous species, i.e. those originally native to our region.
The following fish species, among others, cavort in the aquariums:
Pike, sturgeon, sunfish, river perch, trout perch, brown trout, carp (scaly carp, mirror carp, grass carp), crucian carp, tench, rudd, roach, bream, brook trout, Arctic char, millhead, marbled trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, eel, loach, bleak, barbel, aitel, stickleback, turbot, masked turbot, minnow, Martens goby, bitterling, bluegill, European pond turtle, Alpine newt, fire salamander, grass snake, dice snake, jackdaw, pike perch and grayling.
Special exhibition at aquaprad
Currently there is still a special exhibition “The Amphibians of South Tyrol”. The extensive exhibition on the upper floor of the visitor centre shows a lot of interesting facts about all 13 amphibian species (frogs and caudates) living in South Tyrol. These have been protected by the Nature Conservation Act since 2010.
The aquaprad opening hours
The aquaprad is open from 11 May 2021 to 7 November 2021 on the following days:
Tuesdays to Fridays from 09:30 to 12:30 and Tuesdays to Sundays from 14:30 to 18:00. The aquaprad is closed on Mondays.
In the coming weeks, we will also introduce you to the other visitor centres. Just see which one interests you the most and be sure to plan a visit for your next South Tyrol holiday. It’s worth it!
Here again are all the important contact details for aquaprad: