Thanks to its central location on the southern side of the Alps, Merano and Environs is one of the most varied areas in South Tyrol/Südtirol and the entire Alps. Along with its rich cultural diversity, it also boasts a pristine natural environment which provides a habitat for numerous species of indigenous animals.
The Merano basin stretches out beneath the Texelgruppe Nature Park, with summits rising to heights of over 3,000m a.s.l.. This broad mountain barrier also shelters Merano/Meran from intemperate weather conditions. As a result, Merano enjoys a mild climate year round and a diverse Alpine-Mediterranean vegetation, permitting exotic plants to thrive in a mountainous landscape.
Merano and its surroundings offer a huge variety of recreational and outdoor sports facilities. In the mountains of the Texelgruppe Nature Park the most popular summer outdoor activities include hiking, cycling and mountain climbing. In winter, there are no less than five ski areas, offering outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of winter sports activities at all levels of difficulty and skill. State-of-the-art cableways provide quick and easy access to the mountains and ski areas.
Merano’s long reputation as a spa town dates to the 19th century and the era of the Belle Époque. Following the example of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, who chose to spend her winter holidays in the mild climate of Merano, illustrious guests from across Europe started to throng to the small town in the Alps. The growth of this world-renowned spa town also benefited the region as a whole. Today, Merano and Environs offers visitors an ideal range of options, including year round cultural events and top-level gastronomy. Yet in contrast with the vibrancy of the spa town, the small villages in the surrounding valleys and pristine mountains continue to maintain their traditions and age-old sense of hospitality.