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Places of Interest in South Tyrol
Natural and cultural monuments in Merano and Environs in South Tyrol
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Places of Interest in South Tyrol

Natural and cultural monuments in Merano and Environs in South Tyrol

Discovering South Tyrol/Südtirol means experiencing both natural beauty and cultural heritage. While the landscape is characterized by unspoiled nature, human additions are often intended to emphasize the area’s charms.

The centuries-old larch trees in the Val d’Ultimo/Ultental Valley are true natural monuments, and are regarded as the oldest conifers in Europe. Merano and its surroundings are home to various natural spectacles, including gorges, majestic waterfalls and high peaks.

The cultural heritage includes numerous churches and castles from across many centuries. These range from the ancient Prokuluskirche church in Naturno/Naturns, which preserves pre-Carolingian frescoes from the 7th century (the earliest Christian frescoes in Central Europe) to the Pfarrkirche Tisens parish church with its renowned glass paintings of the Augsburg school. Moreover, the Merano region has several interesting Romanesque churches and mountain churches, including the St. Margareten Kirche Lana church dating to the 10th century, St. Vigiluskirche church above Lana, St. Hippolyt in Narano/Nauraun, St. Jakob in Tesimo/Tisens which displays the first frescoes of the Dolomites, and St. Kathrein in Avelengo/Hafling.

Newer landmarks include the award-winning botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle east of Merano, and contemporary artworks like the Knottnkino artwork above Verano/Vöran.
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Parish Church of St. John
Parish Church of St. John
The Parish Church of Hafling, which is first mentioned in documents dating from 1291, is dedicated to John the Baptist. The walls of the nave date from the ...
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Parish Church of St. Nicholas
Parish Church of St. Nicholas
The Parish Church of Vöran/Verano, which is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, is one of the oldest churches on the Tschögglberg high plateau. The church was first ...
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St. Oswald Church
St. Oswald Church
The St. Oswald Church is situated on 2,365 metres in the hiking and skiing area of Meran 2000 . In 1641, the farmers of Avelengo/Hafling swore to edify Oswald ...
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Church of St. Anna
Church of St. Anna
The Church of St. Anna in Aschl/Eschio , near Vöran/Verano, is a Romanesque Revival building that was dedicated on July 26th, 1905: St. Anne’s Day. A merchant, ...
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Sulfner Weiher Pond
Sulfner Weiher Pond
Locals refer to the pond above Hafling either as Sulfner Weiher, which means ‘pond’ or Sulfner See, which means ‘lake’. Whether the body of water classifies as ...
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Weiher Bruggen Pond
Weiher Bruggen Pond
The delightfully landscaped Weiher Bruggen Pond on trail no. 16 below Leadner Alm Mountain Hut in Vöran affords weary travellers a refreshing footbath and some ...
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Lake Kratzberger See
Lake Kratzberger See
The Kratzberger See Lake (2,116 m) is situated on the eastern side of the western ridge of the Sarentino Alps, along the E5 European long-distance footpath. ...
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Thatched Roofs
Thatched Roofs
Barns and other farm outbuildings covered with thatched roofs have always been a distinctive characteristic of the villages of Hafling and Vöran . A few ...
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Attractions in Merano & environs
The Prince's Castle
The Prince's Castle
PLEASE NOTE: The Prince's Castle will be open from Easter at the earliest. This castle was the residence of the Prince of Tyrol since 1470 and it is one of the ...
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The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
PLEASE NOTE: Due to national regulations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Touriseum will open in ...
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Tyrol Castle
Tyrol Castle
Tyrol Castle is the most historically significant castle in South Tyrol. Its origins stretch back into the late 11th century. Since 2003 Tyrol Castle has ...
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Schenna Castle
Schenna Castle
The mighty buildings of Castle Schenna just above the city of Meran are still partly surrounded by a moat. Using the bridge, you will come to the entrance of ...
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Erlebnis Kränzelhof Tscherms
Erlebnis Kränzelhof Tscherms
7 GARDENS: the garden experience on 20,000 m² with a maze of vines as the heart, amphitheater, patios, water landscape, as well as artistic and landscaping ...
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Parish church and the Schnatterpeck Altar
Parish church and the Schnatterpeck Altar
The parish church at Lana was built on the sites of a much older Romanesque church and consecrated in 1492. Of particular interest ist the Gothic altar by Hans ...
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Partschins/Parcines Waterfall
Partschins/Parcines Waterfall
Water is, without doubt, one of the most important natural elements in the Texel Group Nature Park. It runs off nearby glaciers and bubbles up from deep ...
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Train world museum
Train world museum
This incredible collection covers some 1,000 sq.mt. and extends over three floors. Older and younger visitors marvel at the model engines and coaches and can ...
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