Interesting sights in Merano
The spa town Merano is one of the most renowned and most interesting cities in South Tyrol. The arched alleys in the old town, the cure promenade and the Kurhaus, the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, and the numerous museums are only a few of the most interesting sights in Merano. All can be reached either by foot or by public means of transport.
Here an overview of the most important sights in Merano and surroundings:
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano
The gardens are amongst the most beautiful in Italy and Europe. They stretch across an area of approx. 12 ha with a difference in altitude of 100m. There are 80 different garden landscapes with plants from all over the world. Theme gardens and adventure stations round off the experience. In summer, garden nights are organised once a week: musicians from all over the world give concerts at the water lily pond.
The Touriseum, the South Tyrolean Museum of Tourism, is located in Trauttmansdorff Castle. In a vivid and humorous way it shows 200 years of alpine tourism history. In 2006 the Touriseum was nominated for the European Museum Award. The museum is one of the most popular sights in Merano, especially in combination with the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
The promenades, Merano
The mild climate in Merano combined with long walks is truly healthy! The many promenades in Merano, beautiful walkways with great views of the city, are ideal for extended walks. There are 5 different promenades in Merano. The most known is Tappeinerweg, which was called after its architect Franz Tappeiner, who also worked as a doctor in the spa town during the 19th century.
Merano and surroundings feature very many castles: the sovereign castle, Tirol Castle, Schenna Castle, and some more. All of them with their own charm and personality. However, they are all worth a visit. The South Tyrolean Museum of Ethnography is located in Tirol Castle. Once, this was the dynastic castle of the Earls of Tyrol.