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Places of Interest in South Tyrol
Natural and cultural monuments in Merano and Environs in South Tyrol
Places of Interest in South Tyrol

Places of Interest in South Tyrol

Natural and cultural monuments in Merano and Environs in South Tyrol

Discovering South Tyrol/Südtirol means experiencing both natural beauty and cultural heritage. While the landscape is characterized by unspoiled nature, human additions are often intended to emphasize the area’s charms.

The centuries-old larch trees in the Val d’Ultimo/Ultental Valley are true natural monuments, and are regarded as the oldest conifers in Europe. Merano and its surroundings are home to various natural spectacles, including gorges, majestic waterfalls and high peaks.

The cultural heritage includes numerous churches and castles from across many centuries. These range from the ancient Prokuluskirche church in Naturno/Naturns, which preserves pre-Carolingian frescoes from the 7th century (the earliest Christian frescoes in Central Europe) to the Pfarrkirche Tisens parish church with its renowned glass paintings of the Augsburg school. Moreover, the Merano region has several interesting Romanesque churches and mountain churches, including the St. Margareten Kirche Lana church dating to the 10th century, St. Vigiluskirche church above Lana, St. Hippolyt in Narano/Nauraun, St. Jakob in Tesimo/Tisens which displays the first frescoes of the Dolomites, and St. Kathrein in Avelengo/Hafling.

Newer landmarks include the award-winning botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle east of Merano, and contemporary artworks like the Knottnkino artwork above Verano/Vöran.
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - Ötzi
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - Ötzi
The oldest glacier mummy in the world, Ötzi the Iceman, has found his last resting place at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. Dating from the Copper Age ...
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The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Art and nature have been blending for 16 years at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, set in a natural amphitheatre on the eastern outskirts of Merano, with ...
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archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Val Senales/Schnalstal
archeoParc Schnalstal - Get in touch with the world of the Iceman. South Tyrol's first hands-on archaeology museum is distinguished by its unconventional ...
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Knottnkino in Verano
Knottnkino in Verano
The Knottnkino (Rock Cinema) is the work of artist Franz Messner, who hails from Renon. The Knottnkino sits atop a red porphyry rock formation, Rotsteinkogel ...
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Völlan Farmin Museum
Völlan Farmin Museum
The Völlan Farming Museum is located in a beautiful annex of the vicarage that once housed fire wood, the laundry, a pigsty and the baking oven and nowadays ...
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Parish church and the Schnatterpeck Altar
Parish church and the Schnatterpeck Altar
The parish church at Lana was built on the sites of a much older Romanesque church and consecrated in 1492. Of particular interest ist the Gothic altar by Hans ...
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Museum of Fruit Cultivation Lana
Museum of Fruit Cultivation Lana
As South Tyrol's traditional and largest fruit producing municipality, Lana is the ideal location for the collection and display of information regarding the ...
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Women´s Museum
Women´s Museum
Via Mainardo 2, Tel. +39 0473 231216, www.museia.it The only such museum in Italy, it overlooks Piazza del Grano.The upper floor houses the permanent ...
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