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Architecture in South Tyrol

Meeting of old and new in Merano and Environs

The architecture of South Tyrol/Südtirol embodies a fusion of the past and the present, characterized by the contrast between the shapes and forms of the countryside and those of the urban environment.

The architecture of South Tyrol/Südtirol embodies a fusion of the past and the present, characterized by the contrast between the shapes and forms of the countryside and those of the urban environment. In the meeting of these elements is the unique charm expressed across the region. While the valleys and small villages are dotted with old farmhouses, ancient wineries and traditional huts and shelters in the mountains, the cities are filled with both historic and contemporary buildings and numerous monuments, from the Romanesque era to magnificent Art Nouveau buildings like the central Kurhaus and on to contemporary architecture such as the Terme Merano thermal baths, an elegant jewel of design in glass and wood.

The surrounding areas around Merano/Meran are equally notable for their modern architecture, including the Nals-Margreid and Meran Burggräfler wineries as well as the Merano 2000 Cable Car, the winner of several international architectural awards. In order to point out some of the city’s notable architectural gems, 30 fixed steel telescopes (Hingucker) have been installed in Merano and its surroundings, pointed at places of historical and cultural interest. 

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These three larch trees, to be found near St. Gertraud in Ulten Valley, are considered to be the oldest conifers in Europe. Legend has it that these...

 
 

This bronze statue dedicated to South Tyrol’s most important freedom fighter is located in a small park in front of the train station. It was erected in...

 
 

Built on the Passer Promenade, the old Kurhaus wellness center is the symbol of the city of Merano as a spa town and one of the finest multi-purpose...

 
 

Since the collapse of the unusually powerful donjon in 1807 only ruins; The castle consisted of the freestanding mountain fried, the house with castle...

 
 

The Masters of Braunsberg were first mentioned in the records in 1231; from 1492 in the possession of the Counts Trapp, latterly inherited by the Counts...

 
 

Brunnenburg Castle stands on a glacial debris cone between Tirolo and Tyrol Castle. This truly unique-looking castle complex is said to be named after a...

 
 

Special art - “The art of living and the art of loving” is the very original title of one of the latest books by Parcines artist, Matthias Schönweger and,...

 
 

The Burgstall is a settlement from the late Iron Age, inhabited from approximately 400 B C over several centuries. It got distroyed after the middle of the...

 
 

The Church of St. Anna and St. Joachim is similar to many Capuchin churches built in Tyrol in the 17th century. The nave is square and has a barrel vault....

 
 

Conciliar church dating back to the sixteenth century, with an adjoining monastery of the Capuchin friars. It is located adjacent to the Porta Venosta...

 
 

Visiting the town of Certosa is like a journey into the past. The town was built inside the walls of the Cloister of Certosa degli Angeli, founded in 1326...

 
 

This magnificent castle, built by Hugo von Montalban in the year 1278, has been the summer residence of well-known mountaineer Reinhold Messner since 1983...

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