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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.

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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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 1998 injured birds of prey have been cared for on the motte of Tyrol Castle in special aviaries until they are healthy and ready to be released back...

 
 

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...

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