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Blick auf das Stadtzentrum von Meran, Bild: saiko3p / shutterstock

The most beautiful corners of Merano

South Tyrol, also known as Alto Adige, has its very own charm. For decades, the region has attracted countless visitors and captivated them. The ski resorts in the mountains, the hiking trails in the Dolomites, the quaint little villages and the famous wine route with its beautiful cities of Bolzano, Bressanone and especially Merano inspire every traveller.

It’s all about the accommodation: wellness and relaxation

If you long to unwind, Merano is the right place for you. The topic of wellness is very important here and in many hotels exclusive spa treatments, hay baths and massages await you. Swimming pools and lovingly furnished rooms for well-being invite you to complete relaxation, such as in the wellness hotel in Scena/Schenna. With the fantastic view of Merano , it is easy to endure here and the worries of everyday life are quickly forgotten. It is not for nothing that Merano is a spa town that has been chosen by many as a favourite destination for relaxation. With around three hundred days of sunshine a year, which Merano can proudly call its own, it is guaranteed to be a success.

The highlights of Merano

Merano Botanical Garden
The botanical garden, Image: Stefano Ember / shutterstock

Many visitors to Merano are repeat offenders, as they are always drawn to the enchanting city with its special flair. In Merano, history meets tradition and modernity and thus unfolds many possibilities to sweeten the day.

The architecture of the houses in the oldest part of the city, the Steinach district , or the famous Merano arcades with their restaurants, bars, shops and their history, which dates back to the Middle Ages, leave a lasting impression. Every single house in the alleys of the city has a story and is worth a photo.

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From the Powder Tower you have a breathtaking view of the whole of Merano with its parish church and the mountains in the background. Not far away, walking along the Tappeinerweg , you will find the public herb garden, which is definitely worth a visit. If you are already enthusiastic about the diverse flora here, you are guaranteed to find your favourite place in the city in the botanical garden .

Also worth seeing on rainy days

River Passer, Merano
The river Passer flows through Merano, Image: andrea vicentini / shutterstock

If the weather doesn’t play along, you are still in good hands in Merano, because there are also many opportunities to get to know the city protected from rain or cold. A visit to the thermal baths of Merano can be a relaxing change that perfectly complements the wellness holiday. The city’s museums also invite you to discover. Trauttmansdorff Castle, for example, not only has beautiful gardens to offer, but also houses the Tourism Museum. The most important museum, the Merano City Museum in the historic and impressive building of the Palais Mamming, should also be on the bucket list. In the restored halls of the baroque palace, but also in the new annex, which was partly driven into the rock of the Küchelberg, you can learn more about the exciting history of Merano and view the large collection of magnificent exhibits.

Excursion to Merano and environs

Not only the city itself, but also its surroundings make Merano the perfect holiday destination. A mild climate all year round, delicious Mediterranean dishes and a culture in which German and Italian are mostly spoken invite you to discover and adventure. For example, you can go forest bathing with the coach and psychologist Martin Kiem, visit the mountains or discover the Alpine Road of Romanticism.

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The many small exciting places in Merano and Environs, for example Scena, Lagundo, Naturs or Dorf Tirol, are also not far discovered and all have their own beautiful corners and enchant their visitors in no time at all. The landscapes, often characterized by endless vines and different shades of green, bordered by the majestic mountains, allow you to breathe a sigh of relief and pause. The sights of the region are often underestimated and forgotten treasures. The Gaul Gorge near Lana, the South Tyrolean Sculpture Trail, the mausoleum in Scena or the Ultner Urlarchen are just a few of the many possibilities that are offered on a trip to Merano and Environs.

Delicious wines even off the wine route

Merano is not located directly on the famous Wine Route, but delicious wine is still grown everywhere. Along the Tappeinerweg within the city or from the Powder Tower, you could already visit the first vines within the city. But even at the gates of Merano there are various wineries in magnificent buildings that almost look like small castles and in which the particularly tasty varieties for which South Tyrol is so famous are grown over many generations. In the meantime, more and more young winegrowers are taking over the business and giving the venerable tradition a modern touch. Those who set out to visit the wineries can also often take part in guided tours and tastings. The perfect addition to your wellness holiday.

Checklist for your holiday in Merano

  • Visit the Old Town
  • Admire the botanical garden
  • Enjoy the view from the Powder Tower
  • Let yourself be pampered at the wellness hotel
  • Visit the Merano City Museum
  • Explore the surrounding area
  • Taste wine in one of the wineries
  • Enjoy