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Hydrotour Dolomiti – Hydroelectric power station of Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant – One of the main attractions of the town is the Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant. This is the best place to experience how water is transformed into clean energy! In the 1920s, the impressive hydroelectric power plant was built on the northwestern shore of Lake Garda. Giancarlo Maroni, the architect of the Vittoriale degli Italiani and collaborator of D’Annunzio, drew up the plans for this monumental structure.

While many visitors visit the Ponale hydroelectric plant when the weather is nice, it is also an interesting attraction when the weather is bad, especially for children.

Hydroelectric power station Riva del Garda view from Lake Garda

How does a hydroelectric power plant work?

You and your children can learn how the Riva del Garda hydroelectric power plant works and how it affects the daily lives of Riva’s residents during a guided tour. The hydroelectric power plant has a number of historic machines, pumps and pipes that are still in operation and will be shown in action during the tour.

The guided tour also shows how the water of Lake Ledro is led through strong downpipes into an underground tunnel system and from there it is led through the turbines into Lake Garda.

Where can I get more information?

Tickets for admission and guided tour can be purchased directly at the ticket office at the Riva del Garda Power Plant.

If you want to organize your visit better, you can book it by calling +39 0461 032486, Monday to Sunday 8:30-18:30.

More information about prices, opening hours, taking dogs etc. can be found here:

By the way, with a Garda Guest Card you can visit the hydroelectric power plant in Riva del Garda for free.


A visit to Hydrotour Dolomiti – hydroelectric power plant Riva del Garda is a rewarding experience in bad weather, especially for children.

The interactive tour of the waterworks provides a unique opportunity to understand the history and importance of the water system and develop a better understanding of how important it is to everyday life. A fascinating experience for the whole family.

Have fun on this great journey of discovery!

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