Rising proud and visible above the Merano spa town
is the imposing Ifinger mountain, and at its feet the sunny Tschögglberg mountain plateau and the villages of Avelengo/Hafling, Verano/Vöran and the Merano 2000 skiing area
and hiking area
. Larch forests, birch trees and meadows define the landscape of the plateau above the spa town. The region is easily reached by car or public transport via a scenic road.
The village of Avelengo
has a population of 750 at heights of between 1,250 to 1,600 m a.s.l.. A once-popular summer resort for urban residents, the village of the Haflinger horses
is now a year-round holiday destination for families and riding enthusiasts.
High above the Val d’Adige/Etschtal Valley at 1,200 m a.s.l., lies the small village of Verano, with 930 inhabitants. The mild climate invites visitors year round for walks and hikes through the woods and meadows of the mountain plateau. The village is committed to green energy solutions. Also worth seeing in Verano, along with the famous Knottnkino
, are the old thatched roofs of the mountain farms.
The Merano 2000 skiing and hiking area is the most popular local recreational zone. From Avelengo and Verano, visitors can reach the valley station of the Falzeben Cable Car in a few minutes. In winter, the child-friendly Merano 2000 family ski area offers, over approximately 40km of trails, ideal conditions for skiers, snowboarders and sled enthusiasts. In summer, Merano 2000 is a hiking
area with numerous opportunities for activity and leisure. There are many hiking and mountain biking trails, paragliding courses and the Alpin Bob toboggan ride.