Quality of life and elegance in an Alpine-Mediterranean setting: with 40,000 inhabitants, Merano/Meran is South Tyrol’s second-largest town.
A former spa town both famous and admired by illustrious guests–such as Empress Elisabeth and writer Franz Kafka–Merano/Meran seamlessly blends quality of life with elegance.
Imposing mountains form the backdrop to an urban architecture featuring parks, stately villas and noble residences. The mild local climate contributes to the unique flair of Merano, which is based on a mix of Alpine tradition and Mediterranean ambience, and is particularly notable in the town’s cultural and gastronomic offer, the latter making Merano a perfect destination for a short vacation.
Footpaths leading through the town center along Art Nouveau buildings and trails winding through the immediate surroundings make Merano a perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Another easy and enjoyable way to explore the Merano area is to take a bike ride on its cycle paths. The mountain peaks, meanwhile, seem so close, that one is tempted to try to touch them: the family-friendly ski and hiking area Merano 2000 is located above town.
Merano’s urban landscape includes the magnificent Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which are open from April to November. Crowned “International Garden of the Year”, the complex comprises eighty botanical landscapes with an extraordinary variety of plant species.
The town’s striking epitome of wellness is Merano’s Thermal Baths complex with its fifteen pools, saunas and an inviting park comprising further pools. The Thermal Baths are located in town center, close to the medieval Portici Arcades which feature all kinds of shops.
Many of Merano’s elegant buildings (palazzi) house museums and art galleries: the Palais Mamming Museum sheds light on Merano’s eventful history, Kunst Meran-Merano Arte on contemporary art trends. Fresh historical perspectives are displayed at the Touriseum (South Tyrol’s Museum of Tourism) and at the Women’s Museum.
Throughout the year, this is the setting for major events showcasing the town’s distinctive features, including the Merano Spring festival, the Grape Festival in autumn, the Merano WineFestival, the Merano Grand Prix (held at Europe’s most beautiful horseracing venue) and the Merano Christmas Market. All worthwhile experiences and chances to enjoy a richly diverse culinary offer ranging from hearty Tyrolean fare to Mediterranean flavors and experimental crossover cuisine, from rustic inns with wood-paneled Stuben to charming restaurants.