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Merano, Historical Spa Town on the Passer River

Merano/Meran is a vibrant spa town, characterized by spacious parks, easy walking routes, botanical gardens and waterways which invite visitors to linger and enjoy the green and pleasant atmosphere of the old town. Visitors will also find many shops and restaurants in the medieval arcades and alongside the elegant art nouveau buildings. The natural spectacle presented by the snow-covered peaks of the glaciers form a backdrop to the palm trees and exotic plants of the beautiful gardens in the old town or in Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Equally diverse is the cultural program on offer, which includes several high-end food and wine events such as the Merano Spring Festival, the Merano Grape Festival, the Merano Music Weeks, the Merano WineFestival and the Merano Christmas Market.
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Set in the heart of South Tyrol and protected by mountains rising to 3,000m a.s.l., the Alpine town of Merano/Meran is renowned for its mild climate and lush vegetation. Its walks along the promenade and paths pervade the spa town. The modern Terme Merano thermal bath complex offers wellbeing and relaxation of the highest order in the town center, directly opposite its historic counterpart, the Kurhaus.

Formerly the winter residence of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Trauttmansdorff Castle is situated on the eastern side of Merano. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle rank among the world's most beautiful botanical gardens and encompass more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world. The sun-kissed Merano 2000 ski and hiking area extends across the plateau above the town and is a perfect place for active vacationers and families.