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Castles, manors and mountain churches in Merano and Environs
Contemporary architecture and museum in historic walls: the Messner mountain museum at Juval Castle
Archeological hiking tours through the Schnalstal Valley up to the discovery site of Oetzi, the glacier mummy
Tradition and customs: sheep migration, Sacred Heart Fires and the Grape Festival

Culture in South Tyrol

Traditions and culture in Merano and Environs

The spa town of Merano/Meran and its surrounding areas is located in the center of South Tyrol/Südtirol and deeply attached to the region’s customs, traditions and rich cultural heritage.

The spa town of Merano/Meran and its surrounding areas is located in the center of South Tyrol/Südtirol and deeply attached to the region’s customs, traditions and rich cultural heritage. The eventful history of the area has left visible traces in this border region, which is characterized by the meeting of two major European cultures and languages. At the same time, Merano also has a notable sense of innovation, and is host to a varied arts and cultural program of events, including the International Merano Music Weeks.

The heritage of the area’s history, including many castles, churches and landmarks, is well maintained and demonstrates the role that the territory played in the past. There are castles and palaces such as Trauttmansdorff Castle, chosen by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary as her winter residence, or the charming Juval Castle, now home to one of the six Messner Mountain Museums of the famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner. The fascinating history of the spa town of Merano is also revealed in its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. The Brunnenburg Castle next to Tyrol Castle above Merano was the former home of the poet Ezra Pound.

Not far from Merano is the pristine Val Senales/Schnalstal Valley and its massive glaciers. This was the place of discovery of Oetzi, the ice mummy who lived over 5,000 years ago. The archeoPark Schnalstal open-air museum offers an interactive area, which presents aspects of daily life at Oetzi’s time.

The surroundings of Merano are characterized by historic villages, but there is also a great deal of internationally renowned contemporary architecture, such as the Timmelsjoch Experience in Val Passiria/Passeiertal Valley, Merano’s thermal baths, or the award-winning Merano 2000 Cable Car. Historical museums like the Museum Passeier or Palais Mamming civic museum stand alongside contemporary museums such as the Mooseum and art spaces like KunstMeran.

 
 

In 1836, the Viennese physician Dr. Josef Huber published an article on the therapeutic effects of the air in Merano.

 
 

Discovering South Tyrol means experiencing both natural beauty and cultural heritage. While the landscape is characterized by unspoiled nature, human...

 
 

The special attention paid to culture in South Tyrol can also be seen in the many museums located throughout the region of Merano and Environs.

 
 

With more than 800 castles, palaces and manor houses, South Tyrol has a large cultural heritage to preserve. In order to maintain these, over the years the...

 
 

The architecture of South Tyrol embodies a fusion of the past and the present, characterized by the contrast between the shapes and forms of the...

 
 

The Alpine-Mediterranean region of Merano is home to a diverse music scene. Next to renowned jazz musicians and composers, there are notable authentic folk...

 
 

Local traditions and ancient customs play a large role in South Tyrol. These traditions are closely linked to the area and its landscape and history.