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    Experience South Tyrol - it's unforgettable!

    Don't miss the diverse range of experiences of South Tyrol! Enjoy sporting activities, discover the rich culture and visit diverse events in Alpine and Mediterranean locations. Whether young or old, everyone will find something suitable. To help you decide, we present our suggestions for an unforgettable holiday in South Tyrol. Experience the diversity!

    Spa & Water Worlds
    Indoor Schwimmingpool Meran/Merano
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Generally open from mid-September to mid-May, the modern Meranarena facility houses a competition pool (25×21 metres), one for non-swimmers (12×9 metres), and a diving pool with movable floor. The large windowon the north side of the building offers wonderful scenic views of the racecourse and the Mutspitze Peak. In the swimming hall, there are also lessons and aqua fitness sessions on offer. Water polo matches are sometimes played here as well.

    E-bike charging station
    The e-bike loading station run by Papin Sport
    Meran/Merano and environs
    Information about the e-bike charging station run by Papin Sport at Meran's train station:
    • Free accessibility;
    • use free of charge;
    • no deposit required;
    • bicycle lock provided;
    • locker for chargers available;
    • tools and bicycle pumps available during opening hours;
    • onsite luggage storage possible.
    Please note that you need to bring along your own charger.
    Forts & Castles
    Castle Welsperg and Castle Thurn

    The castle has always guarded over the entrance to the Val Casies-Gsieser Tal valley. It was first documented in 1126 and was the main administration castle of Welsperg for about 800 years until 1907. It is open for visitors in summer.

    Castel Monguelfo is not only a particular castle complex, but is also the oldes castle of Alta Pusteria. Castel Monguelfo, also called Castel Welsperg, is undoubtedly a particular castle complex and it is a core castle. One of the oldest parts of the castle is the high donjon, which has been constructed in 1126. The brothers Schwikher and Otto von Welsperg had this castle built. In these days the Lords of Welsperg were one of the most significant noble families of Tyrol. Due to their smart commercial activity and administrative work as well as their wedding politics they build up a fortune and increased their importance. For this reason in 1359 Georg von Welsperg purchased the castle on the opposite, Castel Tesido. Consequently both castles were in possession of the Lords of Welsperg. In the 15th and 16th century Castel Welsperg was considerably enlarged and also reconstructed. In 1765 there was a fire which destroyed parts of the castle complex, including the great hall and the commercial building. Despite of the fact that there were renovation works, the castle started decaying and has no longer been inhabited.

    Today the castle complex is venue for numerous concerts and exhibitions, organised by the board of trustees.

    Prices for visiting the Castel Welsperg 2023:
    age 0-6 free
    age 6-18 and from 65 3,00€
    age 18-65 5,00€

    Bathing Lakes & Outdoor Pools
    Adventure thermal baths Naturno
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Naturno Adventure Pool offers an indoor pool (31°) with 51mt. long slide, wave channel, under-water jets, massage beds and Whirlpool (36 degrees), children's pool and play area, an open-air pool with 75 mt. long slide, under-water jets, water fountains, small children's pool, extensive sun-bathing lawns and play ground, spacious sauna area with Finnish sauna, steam bath, bio sauna, water beds, smaller pools, Kneipp pools, fresh-air and sun-bathing area, a selection of massages available at any time on request and a whirl- and solebath (sole bath contains 2% salt – it’s about the salt level of the Atlantic ocean).
    On public holidays and school holidays (acc. Italian school calendar) apply the following opening hours:

    Closing times:
    06.05.2024 - 17.05.2024
    16.09.2024 - 27.09.2024

    Cultural centres and theatre
    Ost West Club Est Ovest
    Meran/Merano and environs
    PLEASE NOTE that due to the measures introduced by provincial governor Arno Kompatscher on October 30, 2020, all cultural facilities and museums will remain closed to the public until further notice.

    The Ost West Club Est Ovest was founded in 1995 and replaced Meran's former youth center. It offers a wide range of events and activities. Its target audience are politically and culturally open-minded people - regardless of language group or nationality.
    Forts & Castles
    Sand Square and Post Bridge
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Earlier there was a natural bend in the river between the Bozen Gate and the bank of the river Passer, where sand collected, and the square laid out later in this area was named after it. Here, next to the Bozen Gate, is the building that used to be one of Meran´s oldest inns: the former Hotel Erzherzog Johann later renamed the Hotel Esplanade. Until 1913 the post office was located in the hotel. Nowadays the renovated Esplanade houses shops, offices and a café. Opposite you will see the "Ansitz Hohensaal2 an ancient noble residence that now accommodates the college of the "Englische Fraulein" and a neo-Romanesque church, the Herz Jesu Kirche (Church of the Sacred Heart). Currently it is difficult to see the square as it is in the process of being dug up in order to build a private underground car park. The Post bridge is the finest Art Nouveau bridge in Meran. The approach to the town from Bozen and the south was very important for the Meran merchants, and there were a number of different bridges here over the centuries, linking the Heiliggeistkirche/Spitalskirche (Church of the Holy Spirit/Hospital Church) with the town. The Art Nouveau bridge, renovated a few years ago, dates from 1909 and is the most elegant of Meran´s bridges.

    Forts & Castles
    Town Hall Merano/Meran
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Merano Town Hall or Rathaus, with its imposing clock tower, was built by architect Ettore Sott Sass between 1929 and 1932 in the architectural style typical of that era. It stands not far from the Prince’s Castle, right in the middle of Merano. The exterior reliefs and the painting found under the arch to the west facade facing the Arcades are the work of the Bolzano/Bozen artist and sculptor Albert Stolz, who lived from 1875 to 1947.

    Forts & Castles
    House Museum Villa Freischütz
    Meran/Merano and environs

    What was life for Franz Fromm, a merchant and collector, and his family in Merano like? How did they experience the turbulent years from 1921 to 1941? How did family members and employees live together in the typical spa town villa? What did the arts and crafts collection mean to them?

    Come to our house museum and find out! Welcome to Villa Freischütz!

    Adults: 10,- €
    Discounts (seniors over 65, children under 18, students, disabled persons): 8,- €
    2nd floor guided tour: 10,- € / 8,- €

    You can visit the rooms on the first floor.You can visit the rooms on the second floor only with a guided tour. We only offer guided tours for small groups. Please book a tour in advance. Due to the construction of the villa and to protect sensitive objects you cannot visit the rooms on your own. A guided tour costs 10,- € or 8,- € per person, it lasts 1.5 hours and is in German, Italian or English.

    Closed in winter.

    Hoamet Tramin Museum
    Tramin an der Weinstraße/Termeno sulla Strada del Vino, The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The Tramin Village Museum emphasizes winegrowing, agriculture, housekeeping and crafts in the Unterland region, a large Gewürztraminer exhibition as well as local customs such as the "Egetmann" carnival parade in Tramin and the new central theme "Living between North and South"

    Sports and leisure
    Tennis & Padel Club Meran/Merano
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Tennis Centre in Via Piave 46 - in the middle of town with its own restaurant - has nine perfectly well kept clay courts (five of which are lighted) and two hard courts and is open from April to October. Between the end of October and the end of May you may play indoor on heated courts.

    The Merano Tennis Club is well equipped with ample and comfortable locker rooms and showers.

    Angling & Fishing
    Lake of Stava
    Naturns/Naturno, Meran/Merano and environs
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    Churches & Monasteries
    Russian Orthodox Church of San Nicolò Taumaturgo
    Meran/Merano and environs

    In the 19th and the 20th centuries many Russians chose Merano to escape from the extremes of the Russian winter, and to receive medical treatment in a healthier climate. In 1897, therefore, the "Zarenbrunn" complex was opened to serve Russian visitors. The Orthodox Church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas the miracle worker, was built to the design of a local architect, Tobias Brenner, and was furnished with both Russian and local works. After a recent renovation, space has been allocated in the Church to conserve an interesting collection of magazines and books (mainly in Russian). A collection of photographs testifies to the golden years of the community in Merano. Opening times: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month or by appointment. The Church is closed on holidays during the Easter and Christmas periods. Holy Mass is celebrated in the church on the first and third Sunday of the month.

    Agricultural products bottega dei contadini
    Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    More than 800 products are sold at the shop: speck and cheese, fresh bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, spreading fruit and honey, herbs, tea and spices, natural juices and syrups, wines and high-quality distillates, natural cosmetics and many more products. There is also the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of peasants and homemade cakes.

    Sport Climbing
    climbing garden Juval
    Kastelbell-Tschars/Castelbello-Ciardes, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    Tour information Direction: south-west, best period: from spring to autumn, routes 1-8 open all year round, rock: granite, height: max 80 meters (the most 20-30m), difficulty: 3c – 8a, cord-lengths: 3, boulder: 6 routes, nr. of tours: 70

    Bike Rental
    Papin Sport: the bike rental point in Merano/Meran
    Meran/Merano and environs

    "Papin Sport" runs bike-rental points throughout South Tyrol. The rental point in Merano/Meran is located on Via IV Novembre no. 5, close to the train station.

    Other Papin rental points are located at Reschen/Resia (Sport Folie), Mals/Malles (train station), Spondinig/Spondigna (train station), Schlanders/Silandro (train station), Latsch/Laces (train station), Bozen/Bolzano (Papin Bike Center, Giottostraße 21), Lazise Gardawake.

    Price list and further information: 

    The rental point run by Papin Sport in Meran also offers a left luggage storage. Opening hours (Monday to Friday 08:00 a.m. - 12 noon + 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays closed, at a rate of €5.00 for 24 hours. 

    Places to See
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Wandelhalle was originally erected in the 1860s, to provide sheltered seating for visitors. It was meant to provide shelter and thus to enable visitors to enjoy the sunshine and the mild local climate even in winter. The Wandelhalle quickly became a popular gathering spot and was enlarged in 1891. There are busts of distinguished citizens in the middle section or Ehrenhalle (hall of honour), while the side walls are adorned with landscape depictions by such stellar artists as Franz Lenhart, Rudolf Complojer and Peter Demetz.

    Ferrata Stuller Wasserfall
    Moos in Passeier/Moso in Passiria, Meran/Merano and environs

    The via ferrata „Stuller Wasserfall“ is a medium-difficulty-level climb with a very difficult variation in the middle part, which can be bypassed. This steep and exposed climb proceeds through a breathtaking setting in the immediate vicinity of the roaring waterfall.

    The Stuller waterfall is a mighty height of 342 meters consisting of two cascades, and is the third highest in Europe.

    About two thirds of the way through the climb there is the possibility to discontinue the ascent and take a footpath to Stuls or descend to Moos. The final section of the via ferrata can also be undertaken as a short journey from Stuls with access via said footpath.

    From the large parking lot in Moos, head briefly toward the bus stop and follow the path to the parish church. A few meters after the parish church, turn left onto the trail “Passerschluchtenweg” and walk about 20 minutes in the direction of St. Leonhard.

    At the bridge over the Passer, continue straight ahead. Hike uphill to the main road and the rockslide tunnel, which will subsequently be scaled. Once on top, there is a short tunnel that leads to the via ferrata access trail. The entire access trail to the via ferrata is signposted from the bus stop in Moos.

    From the exit of the via ferrata, path No. 10a leads back to Moos/Moso. Another possibility: return by bus.

    Sports and leisure
    Snow-man-family Rotwand/Croda Rossa
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    A family of giant snowmen

    Gigantic, friendly, and as white as snow, the giant snowmen will greet you with a smile in the winter wonderland at the mountain station of the Croda Rossa cable car in the skiresort 3 Peaks in the Dolomites. Funnily enough, the family of snow men appear almost tiny against the backdrop of the impressive peaks of the Dolomites. Their true dimensions only become truly apparent once you ski past. 

    Jewish Museum and Synagogue
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Between the end of the 19th century and the outbreak of World War II, the Jewish community of Merano was among the most significant of the continent. The itineraries of the museum recapture both those years of splendor and the tragic ones of the Shoah. Inside the museum you can borrow the key to enter the Jewish cemetery on Via San Giuseppe (St.-Josef-Straße).

    Sports and leisure
    Adventure park Naturno
    Meran/Merano and environs
    On your seats – ready – let’s go! On the fairgrounds, above the sports field, is the new adventure park for young and old. The different games invite you to try yourself out, compete and often reveal hidden talents of children.

    All games can be played alone, in pairs or as a team. This fosters a good coexistence, connects and brings together a community.

    Fundamental values such as fairness, patience, endurance and tolerance for frustration can be tested by the children playfully.
    Sports and leisure
    Funslope Selva
    Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    Extra thrill, extra butterflies in your stomach and extra adventurous skiing fun at the Sella Ronda – that’s the brand-new Funslope Selva at the ski lifts “Risaccia” at Selva in Val Gardena. Prepare yourself for the new snow adventure: We race over the soundboost, carve through three steep turns, swirl through the fun twister, give the huge cushioned hand a high five while sliding over four waves and greet Slopy, the Funslope inhabitant, when we arrive on the finish line. This exciting and varied snow adventure is waiting for you in the season 2017/18 at the Sella Ronda in Selva!

    Guides, schools
    Allride Snowboard Coaching - Lukas Kammerer
    Bruneck/Brunico, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Learn how to snowboard and take your riding to the next level!

    No matter if it´s your first time on the board or if you already fire down the hill...Allride snowboard coaching offers a wide range of techniques, training methods and experience to take your riding in slopes, park and backcountry to the next level.


    Fashion, clothing
    Sport fashion Schönhuber
    Bruneck/Brunico, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Two floors with fashion for him & her with sporting goods and clothing, skate & street furniture.

    Etzi's Bikeshop
    Partschins/Parcines, Meran/Merano and environs

    Our small family business sells and repairs bicycles and motorcycles. It’s easy to find us on the main road, in the village of Rablà. Problems with your motorbike? No worries. Just give us a call and we’ll come to collect. Hope to see you soon.

    E-Bike City: 1 day 35 € / 2 days 69 € / 3 days 102 € / 4 days 134 € / 5 days 165 € / 6 days 195 € / 7 days 224 €
    E-Bike MTB: 1 day 40 € / 2 days 79 € / 3 days 117 € / 4 days 154 € / 5 days 190 € / 6 days 225 € / 7 days 259 €
    E-Bike Fully: 1 day 50 € / 2 days 99 € / 3 days 147 € / 4 days 194 € / 5 days 240 € / 6 days 285 € / 7 days 329 €

    Insuring the e-bikes costs an additional 2€ per day. The rental is made through an appointment request (register at least 1 day in advance) and as long as bicycles are available.

    Winegrowing Museum Rametz Castle
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Four large rooms at Rametz Castle house an exhibition of equipment used in viticulture. The collection includes tools for the cultivation of the wheat and the processing of cereals.

    Entrance fees
    adults: €7.00
    children up to 16 years of age: free admission

    Guided tours and wine tastings in German or Italian, only upon request.
    For more information please call +39 0473 211011 or write to

    The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Art and nature have been blending since 2001 at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, set in a natural amphitheatre on the eastern outskirts of Merano, with more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world and several unique Experience Stations, including ten Artist Pavillions and a spectacular viewing platform designed by star architect Matteo Thun, in addition to attractions the Botanical Underworld and a „Lovers’ Garden“.

    For this gorgeous picture and the innovating spirit that lies behind its conception, Trauttmansdorff was named Italy’s Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe’s No. 6 Garden in 2006. Its subsequent crowning as International Garden of the Year in 2013 launched this unique complex in the firmament of world’s most beautiful gardens and parks.

    In 2023, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are dedicated to the theme of invasive neophytes. A tour through various locations of the Gardens will highlight 35 kinds of invasive plant species, showing their negative impact on the environment, with advice on how to counter their proliferation.


    Touriseum - South Tyrol Museum of Tourism
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Trauttmansdorff Castle, where Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) would come in holiday, now houses the Touriseum, the first museum in the Alps comprehensively and exclusively dedicated to the history of tourism. Among the highlights of the museum is the circuit „250 Years of Tourism in Tyrol“.

    Lakes, cascades
    Vernagt reservoir
    Schnals/Senales, Meran/Merano and environs
    Idyllic hamlet on the lake

    On the east bank of the turquoise reservoir, at the back of the Schnalstal Valley, are a handful of houses and a church which form the hamlet of Vernago/Vernagt.

    The original village was destroyed to make way for the construction of the reservoir in the 1950s. Even today, the tower of the former chapel protrudes from the lake in early spring.

    In the idyllic village of Vernago/Vernagt, numerous hiking paths begin, leading through light forests up to the glacier, and passing centuries-old farms. An archaeological hiking trail runs along ancient places of worship to Oetzi’s place of discovery.
    Ski Rental
    Ski & cross-country rental Alfred
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen
    Here at the Alfred ski & cross-country rental shop, you can conveniently rent equipment. The rental is located at the train stop, not far from the cross-country ski trail. Another branch is located in Braies, right next to the ski slope.
    There are also lessons for skiing and cross-country skiing.

    Opening times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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