Merano, Italy is known as a venue for spa resorts and formerly a popular vacation spot for literary legends such as Franz Kafka and Ezra Pound. Its mountainous topography is packed with various parks, castles, and other historical attractions. Here’s a list of things you definitely should not miss during your visit:
1. Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff (Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle)
First up on the list is the wonderful Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Built around the medieval castle of Trauttmansdorff, the gardens feature meticulously landscaped plants and flowers from all over the world. It is open for guests all week. Opening hours, however, vary depending on the season and if it is a holiday. It is best to check out their website for tickets and further information. Pets, however, aren’t welcome at any time.
Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff
Address: Via S. Valentino, 51 / A, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy
Opening Hours: Varies
Website: Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff
2. Castel Tirolo (Tyrol Castle)
Merano is a commune in South Tyrol, where the Tyrol ancestry originated. The Tyrol Castle served as their home and now holds the family’s most prized possessions. The South Tyrolean Museum of History is found here, which also happens to have a cafe and shop where guests can rest and buy souvenirs. Travel through time and get to know the Tyrols by joining the daily guided tours. Visit their website for more information regarding opening hours and prices.
Address: Via del Castello 24, 39019 Tirolo BZ, Italy
Opening Hours: Varies
Website: Castel Tirolo
3. Castello Rametz - Wine Museum
Here’s a treat for all wine enthusiasts out there. Take a stroll through the picturesque vineyard at the Castello Rametz - Wine Museum in Maia Alta and find out about its history and wine-making process. Castello Rametz offers a guided tour with a wine tasting for only 15 EUR or 17.65 USD. Pro Tip: make sure to try their pinot. Refer to their site for more specific operating hours.
Castello Rametz - Wine Museum
Address: Via Labers, 4, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Website: Castello Rametz - Wine Museum
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4. Passeggiata Lungo Passirio
The best way to explore any place is by simply by walking through it, of course. While in Merano, the Passeggiata Lungo Passirio is the ultimate nature walk along the north bank of the Passirio River. You’ll be able to pass by parks, beautiful architecture, as well as artwork made of flowers, plants, and other natural resources.
Passeggiata Lungo Passirio
Address: Passeggiata Lungo Passirio , 39012, Merano, Italy
5. Museo Agricolo Brunnenburg (Brunnenburg Agricultural Museum)
Formerly the famous poet Ezra Pound’s old residence, Brunnenburg has been converted into a museum that exhibits Merano’s agricultural history and tools. Admittance for adults costs 6 EUR or 7.06 USD, while children 6 years old and above can enter for 2.50 EUR or 2.94 USD.
Museo Agricolo Brunnenburg
Address: Ezra Pound Str. 3, 39019 Tirolo BZ, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, except Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Website: Museo Agricolo Brunnenburg
6. Kurhaus & Theater Puccini
Kurhaus & Theater Puccini are two of the most famous elegantly designed events venues in Merano. The Kurhaus has numerous convention and exhibition rooms to cater to groups of different sizes while the theater is able to comfortably seat 296 people for concerts, cabarets, plays, and other kinds of performances. Check out their website for a list of their upcoming events that you could attend during your visit.
Kurhaus & Theater Puccini
Address: 37 Corso Liberta , Merano, Italy
Website: Kurhaus & Theater Puccini
7. Touriseum (Tourism Museum)
In the Trauttmansdorff Castle lies the Touriseum, an interactive museum that is devoted to the history of tourism in Merano. There is no need for additional payment, as a ticket is already included in the entrance fee for the gardens. Kindly refer to the site for more specific opening dates and hours.
Address: Via Valentino 51 A , 39012, Merano, Italy
8. Tappeinerweg (Tappeiner Trail)
Another unique trail you should definitely explore during your visit is the Tappeiner Trail. It is a stunning walk through the rooftops of Merano where you can get a panoramic view of the valley. The trail was named after the botanist Franz Tappeiner who funded its creation. It will take approximately an hour to walk the trail from start to end.
Address: Gratsch to Zenoberg , Merano, Italy
9. Merano 2000 Ski Area
Should you be in Merano during the winter, you should definitely not pass up the chance to ski on its gorgeous alpine slopes. There are several activities for people of all ages available at Merano 2000, even during the summer. These activities include hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Visit the website to learn all of the necessary details to prepare for your trip.
Merano 2000 Ski Area
Address: Via Val di Nova, 37, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy
Website: Merano 2000 Ski Area
10. Terme Merano
After all those activities, end the day with Merano’s primary specialty. Head over to the Terme Merano and avail one of their spa packages to help you cool down. Their facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, a medical spa, and a bistro that will enhance your spa experience.
Address: Thermenplatz 9 , 39012, Merano, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Website: Terme Merano
Come and take a break in this spa paradise for it is exactly the kind of rejuvenation your mind, body, and soul needs.
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