Culture à la carte

Merano, the capital of culture in South Tyrol.

Attractions in Merano

South Tyrolean culture, shaped by Mother Nature herself

Experience the magic of diversity in enchanting South Tyrol. The Hotel Terme Merano is an ideal base from which to explore the holiday area of Merano and Environs, whether following natural or cultural pathways.

Set off in search of Merano’s rich history and learn about this unique corner of the world, with all of its remarkable cultural buildings and attractions. No Merano holiday should exclude a walk on one of South Tyrol’s many Waalweg trails, which run along a sophisticated network of agricultural waterways, dug during medieval times in order to bring water from the mountains to the dry fields. Winding through orchards, meadows and forested sections at mild grades, Waalweg trails have become extremely popular with hikers of all ages and fitness levels; children in particular love running alongside the sparkling, burbling water.

Palais Mamming Museum

The Merano Municipal Museum recently opened in the restored Baroque palace

Merano Music weeks

The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

2013 International Garden of the Year


Der Südtiroler Apfel ist welweit bekannt und somit der Exportschlager (neben dem Wein) schlechthin von Südtirol!

South Tyrol and its apples

The apple orchard of South Tyrol
South Tyrol and its apples

South Tyrol has a long tradition as an apple-growing region. The ideal location for the most famous varieties of apple lies at from 200 to 1,000 metres above sea level. But it is not only the differences in altitude which guarantee the taste and quality, it is primarily the region of South Tyrol itself. Towards the north, the region is sheltered by the main Alpine chain and towards the south the landscape opens out and offers perfect conditions for the cultivation of apples.

Every second apple harvested in Italy comes from one of the many orchards in South Tyrol; this is equivalent to 10% of the European apple harvest. The South Tyrolean apple is also a real export success; at least half of all the fruit harvested in the region is exported to Central, Northern and Eastern Europe. Germany has the largest appetite for South Tyrolean apples, with 30% of the exports. Currently 18 different varieties of apple are cultivated in South Tyrol and in addition to these there are a few ancient apple varieties, which are cultivated extensively for private use. It is therefore no wonder that the valley floors are transformed in spring into a veritable sea of apple blossom.

The Merano Kurhaus

Merano’s art nouveau landmark

Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol

Or how about a day trip to Bolzano (German: Bozen), where you can stroll through the fruit market or shop under the medieval portici arcades? Then linger awhile at the piazza, enjoying a cappuccino or apple strudel, and watch the hustle and bustle of South Tyrol’s beautiful capital city.


Ötzi the Iceman

Messner Mountain Museum

The life's work of the famous mountaineer

The Messner Mountain Museum, not far from the Hotel Terme Merano, is another highlight. The main museum is located at Sigmundskron Castle, near Bolzano, and addresses the subject of man’s encounter with the mountains. There are also five other branches, each focusing on an individual theme:

  • The World of Ice (MMM Ortles in Solda)
  • Conquest of the Dolomites (MMM Dolomites near Cortina d’Ampezzo)
  • The myth of the mountain (MMM Juval in the Vinschgau Valley)
  • Mountain Peoples (MMM Ripa at Bruneck Castle)
  • The Supreme Discipline of Mountaineering (MMM Corones atop the Kronplatz Plateau)

The museum is the brainchild of South Tyrol’s most celebrated extreme mountaineer and pioneer, Reinhold Messner. MMM is a unique concept and very popular, especially among mountain enthusiasts of course.

The opening of the MMM Corones, the 6th location of Messner Mountain Museum chain, lastly took place in July 2015 on the peak of Plan de Corones.

Der Wintertourismus in Meran hat eine lange Tradition.

Merano's tradition as winter destination

During the second half of the 19th century Merano was known as southernmost German-speaking destination by the peers of North-Germany. When bad weather aggrieved the mood they escaped to Merano, where they could expect a mild and sunny climate. So Merano was called the “sun-balcony of the Alps”.

For a long period Italians had no interest in visiting Merano because they had similar climatic conditions. After the First World War South Tyrol became part of Italy and Merano got more interesting as the northernmost province of Italy.

Other important points of interests are the castle of Tyrol and the history of Merano as old capital city of Tyrol. Merano was also famous as a transition destination. With a stopover, travelers to or from Italy could acclimatize their bodies perfectly. Merchants often settled in Merano during the winter period and exploited the advantages of the growing tourism. The combination of Alpine and Mediterranean flair was the main reason for an overnight stay Merano.

Merano was able to equal all benefits of other southern destinations without their disadvantages. You could enjoy comfortable temperatures, a blooming landscape and a unique culture, without a long journey, noise and communication barriers.

All these advantages are still relevant today, so come to visit the exciting Merano right now! We would be glad to welcome you at the Hotel Terme Merano

Our culture map of Merano

Tracing Merano's history

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