The Merano Laubengasse (arcade alley) consists of two rows of houses with arcades, elegant bay windows and numerous archways, separated by a pedestrian passageway. Historically, these came into being as Water Arcades (the side on which the river flows) and the Mountain Arcades (closer to the mountains).
The arcades were built by Meinhard II, Count of Tyrol, in the 13th century and have been steadily developing in the center of town ever since. Today the boutiques, shops, cafés and restaurants make this street the most important shopping street in town. In this organic shopping center, you will find fashion boutiques, handicrafts, artworks and culinary specialties, as well as many cafés and restaurants.