Holidays in the heart of South Tyrol
Merano and environs – for your leisurely, enjoyable and active holidays in South Tyrol
Merano – a treasure on the south face of the Alps
In this unique Alpine/Mediterranean setting, the spa town of Merano and its beautiful surroundings enchant its visitors in many ways. In spring, the first warm sunshine seduces visitors into the many blooming parks while the surrounding mountain peaks are still glowing in their soft white winter dress. With the temperatures rising in the valley, the mountains are the best place to keep cool on hot summer days. Autumn is a time for connoisseurs – get familiar with the local traditions at one of the countless Törggelen (roast chestnut feast) and wine tastings. In winter, on the other hand, the many ski areas and enchanted winter landscapes will lure you out of your warm room.
Top 10 excursions in Merano and surroundings
Whether you're after a sport- or cultural-event, Dorf Tirol and its varied surroundings offer numerous possibilities for everyone! Here are our top 10 favourites for a sightseeing tour in Merano and surroundings.
1/10 The Kurhaus Merano
The Kurhaus is an Art Nouveau building and also the undisputed symbol of Merano. A walk along the promenade in the heart of Merano will take you back in time, when Empress Sissi used to stroll along these riverbanks.
2/10 Therme Merano
The new Thermal Baths of Merano are the ideal place to spend a peaceful and relaxing day. In the heart of town, the thermal baths are surrounded by a stunning park.
Find all info, opening times and prices for the Merano Thermal Spa at: www.thermemeran.it
3/10 Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
For all green thumbs, a visit to the botanical gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is a must. Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful gardens in Italy, which have secured many awards.
Flower lovers can’t miss a visit to the botanical gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. They’re one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy and have won several awards. Find all relevant info here: www.trauttmansdorff.it
4/10 Sisi’s path in Merano
The Sisi’s path takes you from Trauttmansdorff Castle to the city center of Merano through eleven stages. These include the Rubein and Rottenstein castles, where Sisi once resided. The path takes visitors past stately villas, impressive residences and old parks.
5/10 Portici of Merano (old arches)
This 800-year-old shopping stretch consists of two rows of arcades separated by a narrow passage. Here you can shop to your heart's content and experience the "Dolce Vita" lifestyle first-hand.
6/10 Tappeinerweg in Merano (promenade)
The sunny raised promenade offers wonderful views over the spa town of Merano and the Burggrafenamt. The path is approximately 4 km long and takes you from the city centre to Quarazze/Gratsch, over the slopes of the San Benedetto/Küchelberg.
7/10 Raffeiner orchid world
All orchid and flower lovers should plan a trip to the Raffeiner orchid world in Gargazzone. Experience a natural spectacle of colours, shapes and scents and at the same time learn interesting facts about these exotic flowers.
8/10 Monteneve/Schneeberg - the highest mine in Europe
The South Tyrol Mining Museum in Monteneve/Schneeberg transports you into the past and tells fascinating stories from below and above ground.
Here you can experience half-day and full-day tunnel tours, embark on exciting tunnel trips with the mine train and learn about the history of the mine in the museum and showroom.
9/10 Museum at the Sandhof in Passiria
The Museum at the Sandhof, birthplace of Tyrolean local hero Andreas Hofer. Have fun while learning how the bearded publican and cattle dealer became a folk hero. The open-air site features a barn yard typical for the Val Passiria. In the "Miër Psairer" exhibition you’ll get a crash course on the unique dialect of the valley.
10/10 Partschins waterfall
Not only is the village of Partschins near famous for its picturesque little alleys, but also for its wonderful waterfall, which is the highest in South Tyrol. The masses of water shoot out over the free-standing rock face and plummet down for an impressive 97 meters.
Our tip: Visit the Partschins waterfall on a sunny day, between 10 AM and 12PM. At this time, the fine spray forms a magical rainbow.