Floats & Sissi
The most historically significant floats, such as the "Apple Crown" wagon from Marling, the "Kundschafter" wagon and the wagon with the coat of arms of the city of Merano will be placed on the various city squares.

The floats with the apple crown and the "Kundschafter"

The Marlinger wagon with the apple crown is the oldest of all the floats at the Grape Festival, as it was first built in 1949. Its dimensions are remarkable: It is over five metres long, 2.20 metres wide and weighs 2.3 tonnes (apples account for over 500 kilos of this).

With its 300 kilograms of grapes, the giant grape wagon "Kundschafter" from Algund is also one of the most important floats of the parade. The cart weighs about half a ton, is 4.50 metres high and 1.60 metres wide. The giant grape itself is one and a half metres high. The float was first decorated in this form in 1951.


Apple crown from Marling: Sandplatz
Kundschafter with the giant grape: Kurpromenade
Coat of arms of Merano: Sparkassenstraße


It is arguably Merano's best-known tribute to Empress Elisabeth of Austria: the Sissi Statue of white marble, created in 1903 by Viennese artist Hermann Klotz to commemorate Sissi's four sojourns in Merano (in 1870, 1871, 1889 and 1897). The monument is located in the Elisabeth Park, at the start of the Summer Promenade.

The statue of Sissi, decorated by the South Tyrol's florists, will shine in her autumnal dress for the occasion.
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