The Sommerpromenade or Sissi promenade begins in the “Sissi Park” in the centre of Merano. The park features an elegant, larger-than-life sculpture of the Empress made of Lasa marble. Especially during the year’s warmer months, you can stroll in the cool shade beneath Lebanon cedars, sequoia trees and poplars.
After walking in Sissi's footsteps, you can (in classic Sissi style) simply relax and try, for example, Sissi's organic whey bath offered at the Therme Meran spa. There’s no better way to get "Sissi-soft" skin and to experience intimacy than in an imperial style bath. The high-quality whey protein strengthens the connective tissue and promotes the metabolism. And as you revel in this luxurious treatment, gain insight into how Sissi must have felt during her daily milk baths. In general, the Empress attached great importance to her beauty: her hair reached down to her ankles and she cared for her skin with masks and creams.
During her stay in Merano, Empress Sissi bathed at Bad Egart in Parcines/Partschins, the oldest baths in Tyrol. Today the baths are home to the Bad Egart K. u. K. (Imperial) Museum, which boasts the world’s largest private Habsburg collection as curated by Uncle Taa. Uncle Taa, whose civil name is Karl Platino, is an extraordinary personality. In fact, such praise is likely an understatement for such a prolific artist, sculptor and collector. The first two rooms of the museum are dedicated to the history of the Habsburgs and feature a unique collection from the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. Here you can also view an authentic glove worn by the empress. By the way, this is also a fantastic place to dine in style. At the restaurant, guests can sample Sissi's favourite dishes such as Kaiser soup and violet ice cream – and even homegrown vineyard snails are prepared here as they have been for three generations.
Sissi also sought health treatments in the Ultental valley in the quiet and restful Ultental baths. Otto von Bismarck and the author brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann were guests there, too. Water sourced from the springs in Mitterbad, which contains iron and minerals, is still used today by locals as a cure-all or simply to quench the thirst.