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The southern gem in the Alps

Vacation in Merano and Surroundings

Discover the essence of South Tyrol in all its diversity: In Merano, the elegant spa town, you will find a Mediterranean vegetation that stands in fascinating contrast to the traditional alpine landscapes. Stroll through the vineyards of the sun-drenched Etschtal, explore the untouched nature of the Passeier and Ultental valleys, and experience the impressive beauty of the peaks in the Texel Group Nature Park. This holiday paradise offers a rich variety of landscapes that are perfect for those seeking relaxation, nature enthusiasts, and adventurers.

In addition, numerous cultural events and sights enrich your stay and make your holiday an unforgettable experience. Discover rich history, enjoy diverse cuisine, and immerse yourself in a vibrant cultural scene.

The hotels in Merano and the surrounding area impress with their diversity and excellence, whether you want to focus on wellness, culinary delights, or fitness and activities during your vacation.

Merano with Passer River and Promenade
Merano with Passer River and Promenade
Kurhaus in Merano
Kurhaus in Merano
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Hochnaturns Castle
Hochnaturns Castle
Merano in Spring
Merano in Spring
Lebenberg Castle
Lebenberg Castle
St. Hypolit in Naraun near Tisens
St. Hypolit in Naraun near Tisens
Golf course in Passeier Valley
Golf course in Passeier Valley
Mountain farm
Mountain farm
Haflinger church with Merano mountains
Haflinger church with Merano mountains
Vernago Reservoir in the Schnals Valley
Vernago Reservoir in the Schnals Valley
Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road
Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road
Pfelders
Pfelders
Merano Advent Market
Merano Advent Market
Hafling Winter Panorama
Hafling Winter Panorama

Summer Holiday in Merano and Surroundings

Discover the diverse leisure activities that this beautiful region has to offer. The mountain world invites you to extensive hiking tours. Experience the famous Merano High Mountain Trail, which delights with breathtaking panoramic views and diverse flora and fauna. Also worth a visit are the Muthöfe above Dorf Tirol, which impress not only with their picturesque location, but also with the traditional South Tyrolean architecture. For nature lovers, the Ultner Höfeweg with its ancient larch trees offers an incomparable hiking experience.

For adventure seekers, the high ropes course in Terlan offers challenges at lofty heights, while climbing enthusiasts can try their hand at the numerous climbing routes in the region. Golf enthusiasts will find ideal conditions for their hobby at the Passeier-Meran Golf Course, surrounded by the South Tyrolean mountain landscape.

The outdoor area of the Merano Thermal Baths offers refreshment and relaxation on hot summer days and is a perfect place to unwind after sports activities. Horse lovers can explore the landscape while riding Haflingers, the traditional horse breed of South Tyrol.

Cyclists and mountain bikers will find excellent conditions in the Passeier Valley. The Passeirer cycle path leads through idyllic landscapes and offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the region on two wheels.

Cultural highlights include the ArcheoParc in the Schnalstal, which provides insights into the prehistoric era of the region, and the MuseumPasseier in St. Leonhard, which is dedicated to local history and culture.

Nature lovers will appreciate the nature parks and lakes, such as the idyllic Felixer Weiher, as well as the unique gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which present a fascinating variety of plants from around the world.

Guest opinion from Markus

"My stay in one of the charming hotels in the region was once again a dream. From the window of my room, I had a view of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, a sight that made every morning a great experience. The staff at the hotel was as always extremely friendly and accommodating, making the holiday even more enjoyable. I can't wait to come back here soon!"
Spronser Lakes: Green Lake - Texel Group Nature Park
Spronser Lakes: Green Lake - Texel Group Nature Park - Photo: Wikipedia-User: Noclador - CC BY-SA 3.0

Winter Holiday in Merano and Surroundings

Spend your winter holiday in Merano and enjoy the diverse offerings that this region has in store for you. Winter sports enthusiasts will get their money's worth in the ski areas. The Pfelders ski area in the Passeier Valley, the Alpin Arena Schnals, Merano 2000, and the Schwemmalm in the Ultental offer well-groomed slopes for skiers and snowboarders. Sunny descents and varied slopes guarantee fun and variety for the whole family.

In addition to alpine skiing, the regions also invite you to romantic winter hikes, for example on the Vigiljoch, where you can enjoy the snowy landscape in peace. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts will find excellent conditions on well-groomed trails in Ulten near Kuppelwies, which lead through the quiet winter landscape.

Whether you are looking for the tranquility of nature or want to be active, here you will find the perfect balance for a relaxing and eventful winter holiday.

Your vacation without a car

For a stress-free and environmentally conscious journey to Merano and its picturesque surroundings, we recommend switching from the road to the rail. On site, buses, trains, or cable cars allow you to conveniently travel to your accommodation or to the planned destinations.

Arrival by train: From the regional capital Bolzano, you can reach Merano and the surrounding areas directly with a connecting train. For onward travel, there are local buses, taxis, or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle service, which will comfortably take you directly to your holiday accommodation.

Mobility on site: Upon your arrival in Merano and the surrounding area, the Südtirol Guest Pass gives you the opportunity to use all public transport in the entire South Tyrol region unlimitedly. This pass is the key to a versatile and environmentally sustainable holiday experience.

The Südtirol Guest Pass is not only practical, but also helps you to fully enjoy your holiday without having to worry about parking or timetables.

Spa Town with a great Tradition

The origins of Merano date back to Roman times, when the area served as a resting place on the trade routes across the Alps. In the Middle Ages, Merano gained importance. This time marked the beginning of a heyday, when trade, craftsmanship, and culture flourished in the region.

The strategic location contributed to the fact that the city played an important role in the political conflicts of the region in the Middle Ages. Numerous castles and palaces built around Merano still bear witness to this eventful time.

In the 19th century, the European aristocracy discovered Merano as a spa town. The mild, Mediterranean climate, the magnificent alpine landscape, and the construction of elegant promenades and parks made the city a popular destination for relaxation seekers and contributed to a boom in tourism. Famous personalities such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sisi, as well as writers and poets spent their holidays here and contributed to Merano's international reputation as a spa town.

Spa town Merano
Spa town Merano
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Culture

The Merano region is characterized by an extraordinary wealth of art and culture. A special gem of the region is the Prokulus Church in Naturns, a sacred building from the 7th century that is one of the oldest testimonies of architecture in South Tyrol. The area is also rich in historic castles, mysterious ruins, and magnificent manor houses, as well as the impressive shield farms in the Passeiertal, all of which bear witness to the region's eventful past.

The region's diverse museums shed light on various cultural and historical aspects. For example, the Agricultural Museum in Dorf Tirol provides insights into rural life, while the Jewish Museum in Merano illuminates the history of the Jewish community in the region. The Fruit Growing Museum in Lana is dedicated to traditional fruit cultivation, and the Typewriter Museum in Partschins tells the story of writing culture. In the heart of the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, there is also the Provincial Museum of Tourism, which traces the development of tourism in South Tyrol.

Highlights of events in Merano

  • The colorful Merano Grape Festival attracts numerous spectators every year in autumn, who can look forward to a spectacle full of tradition and joie de vivre.
  • Wine lovers from all over the world gather every November when the Merano WineFestival transforms the Kurhaus into a central place for enjoying exquisite wines and specialties.
  • The pre-Christmas atmosphere of the Merano Christmas Market, framed by the festive backdrop of the Kurpromenade and the Kurhaus, offers a magical respite with music and the scent of Christmas pastries.
  • During the Asfaltart street art festival, international artists bring Merano to life with a weekend full of entertainment and creativity.
  • The long Tuesdays in summer invite you to stroll, with music, culinary delights, and extended opening hours enlivening the old town.
  • Once a year, well-groomed horses parade through the city during the Haflinger procession to the racecourse, where the traditional Haflinger gallop race takes place.

Culinary

Are you looking for an exquisite culinary experience or do you prefer an authentic meal under the stars? Here you will find both. Elegant gourmet restaurants offer creative interpretations of haute cuisine, while traditional inns and mountain huts serve hearty South Tyrolean specialties. The elegant spa town, surrounded by a touch of southern flair, invites you to linger: meet for a quick espresso, the "caffè al volo," or enjoy a relaxed aperitif in the warming sun. A must-try is the refreshing "Hugo" - this popular cocktail actually originated in Naturns.

Merano not only offers a variety of culinary delights, but also unforgettable views. Enjoy your meal with breathtaking panoramic views in one of the many alpine and mountain huts scattered throughout the picturesque landscape. This combination of taste experiences and the beauty of nature makes every visit a special event. Whether you opt for refined gastronomy or rustic cuisine, in Merano and its surroundings, you can expect a culinary journey that will delight your palate and enchant your senses.

Authentic Quality from the Region

Are you in need of fresh, crisp apples or an exquisite glass of wine from a historic organic winery? Do you prefer bacon from happy pigs living outdoors or a unique, handmade piece of jewelry from an established city jeweler? In the region around Merano and throughout South Tyrol, you will find a wealth of local products known for their high quality and authentic craftsmanship. From food to utensils and artworks, the variety is impressive.

During a stroll through the towns and villages of the region, you may have the opportunity to watch artisans at work. Whether it's making jewelry, carving wooden sculptures, or weaving baskets, the dedication and skill of the craftsmen are fascinating. Many of these high-quality products can be purchased directly from the producer, where you not only have the opportunity to sample the products, but also gain insight into their origin and production process.

This close connection between tradition and modernity, between nature and craftsmanship, makes a visit to Merano and its surroundings a real experience for lovers of quality and authenticity. Discover the treasures of the region and be inspired by the passion and pride of the producers. Here you will find not only unique products, but also a piece of regional culture and way of life.

Shopping Experience in Merano

Is your wardrobe in need of new contents? Then South Tyrol's cities, and especially Merano with its charming old town, invite you to a unique shopping experience. Life pulsates between the historic arcades, Rennweg, and Freiheitsstraße, and here is the heart of lively shopping. Merano offers you an exclusive selection of shops, ranging from the latest trends in Italian fashion to local South Tyrolean designers and traditional costumes to sports equipment. Discover alpine natural cosmetics, exquisite handicrafts, and delicatessen shops with regional specialties that seamlessly blend into the urban flair. Framed by trendy bars, cozy restaurants, and inviting cafes, your shopping day becomes a true pleasure.

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