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 is located in the town center, directly opposite its historic counterpart, the Kurhaus.
In the 19th century Merano was the premier resort of the European aristocracy. With a roughly equal number of German-speaking and Italian-speaking inhabitants in addition to its new arrivals, today Merano is unique in South Tyrol/Südtirol. Numerous fashion boutiques and specialty shops
line the medieval arcades of the old town. Emerging designer brands vie for the attention of clients next to international stores and traditional family-run businesses.
Formerly the winter residence of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Trauttmansdorff Castle is situated on the eastern side of Merano. The botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
encompass more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world. These are set in the shape of a natural amphitheater around a lily pond. The sun-kissed Merano 2000
ski and hiking area extends across the plateau above the town and is easily reachable by car or via the Merano 2000 Cable Car.