Floats & Sissi
The most famous floats are placed in various places in town, such as the Marling apple crown on Sandplatz, the float Kundschafter with giant grape on the Kurpromenade and the float Schloss Trauttmansdorff on Thermenplatz.

The Marlinger apple crown float, made in 1949, is the oldest of all the floats of the Meran Grape Festival. Its dimensions are remarkable: It is over five metres long, 2.20 metres wide and weighs 2.3 tonnes (of which over 500 kilos are apples).

With its 300-kilogram grape, the "Kundschafter" float from Algund is one of the essential floats in the procession. The float weighs about half a tonne; it is 4.50 metres high and 1.60 metres wide. The giant float itself is one and a half meters tall. The float was first decorated in this form in 1951.

The Trauttmansdorff Castle float is a re-enactment of the much-visited and much-admired castle that sits enthroned on the city's eastern outskirts and amidst the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. It is not for nothing that the carriage is framed with sunflowers.

The "Kundschafter" float (Giant Grape) on the spa promenade
Marlinger Krone" float on the sandy square
Float "Trauttmansdorff Castle" at the Thermenplatz

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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