After Bozen/Bolzano, Merano/Meran is South Tyrol’s largest city. Here the Italian and German populations and their two cultures mix in almost equal numbers. The Empress Sissi made the city her summer residence, thus greatly contributing to its current imperial reputation. It is as if made for strolling: the Passer Promenade, the Tappeiner Way and the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle all symbolise its Mediterranean ambience. The Kurhaus radiates power, history and wealth, while Castle Tyrol
and Rametz Castle
also exude a princely aura. The Jewish Museum tells the long history of the city’s Jewish community, while the Women’s Museum depicts ideals of beauty, female roles and clothing over time. This is to name just a few of its attractions, however – Merano/Meran offers much more!
Highlights on the events calendar in Merano/Meran
include the Music Weeks
, the Garden Nights at Trauttmansdorff Castle
, the WineFestival
, as well as music (from regional to international), vivid street art as well as wine and food from all over South Tyrol. The annual Christmas markets
charm each visitor, with plenty more to discover all year round: for example the historic arcades tempt strolling shoppers with their fashion retailers, delicatessens and bookshops. All this is offered by the spa town on the Passer.
Good reasons for a holiday in Merano and environs
- a popular spa resort since the 19th century
- promenades, palms, aloe vera and magnificent flowers everywhere – truly a green city
- splendidly elegant buildings to see and visit
- a Mediterranean oasis surrounded by high mountains
- cultural sites and history