Located on the Etsch river, Lana is a family-friendly town with a population of 12,000 inhabitants and enjoys a high standard of living. Situated in one of the largest apple-growing districts in the region, this is where rural charm meets urban convenience.
Lana also makes an ideal starting point for hikes and cycling all around Merano/Meran. Numerous hiking trails extend to Mount Vigiljoch, the Val d’Ultimo/Ultental Valley and the Tschögglberg mountain plateau. Some of the best cycling trips include the ride to the Gampenpass mountain pass and the Alta Val di Non/Deutschnonsberg in neighboring Trentino, returning to South Tyrol over the Mendelpass mountain pass.
Lana is also home to many significant historical and architectural sites, including about 40 historic churches, chapels and monasteries featuring exceptional frescoes, sculptures and altars. The Pfarrkirche in Niederlana parish church has a magnificent altar made by the renowned Tyrolean artist and sculptor, Hans Schnatterpeck. Winemaking also enjoys an important place in the history and economy of Lana. For centuries, this village supplied wine to the Bavarian monasteries in Germany. Since medieval times, its well-preserved castles and elegant manor houses have dominated the local landscape.
Lana is well-connected to its landmarks by means of well-maintained trails, a system of trails along ancient irrigation channels and the Skulpturenwanderweg trail, which is lined with 33 works by contemporary international artists.