In Merano/Meran and Environs, you might just feel as if you visited an entire continent on holiday. Vineyards and 3,000 m peaks, palm trees and Alpine roses, and mountain farm houses with contemporary architecture, the list of contrasting aspects is as impressive as the myriad opportunities available on holiday here.Merano and Environs is a region of contrasts. The craggy, impressive 3,000 m peaks of the Texelgruppe, the largest nature park in South Tyrol/Südtirol, form the backdrop of Merano, a city boasting Mediterranean flair, a grand spa and imperial pomp & circumstance. Don’t be surprised to see apples, wine, and even palm trees growing behind the protective wall formed by the Texelgruppe range. Variety, stemming from the fertile climate, makes holidays in Merano and Environs so intriguing. Head shopping or stroll the side streets. The city’s arches and Mediterranean flair will leave an impression, but so too will the magnificent views and natural beauty of the Texelgruppe peaks that beckon you to set out and explore during a hike along the Merano High Mountain Trail (Meraner Höhenweg). In the valleys of Ultental and Passeiertal, rural landscapes, old mountain farm houses and untouched nature invite you to explore another world. The sheer variety of Merano and Environs is also reflected in the architecture. View centuries-old castles and forts as well as contemporary architecture coexisting side by side.
Possibilities for making the most of summer abound. Sandwiched between an extensive, wine-and-apple-filled valley and the Texelgruppe nature park, one could: Take a comfortable stroll along the promenades. Head up high to walk the ridgeway of the Merano High Mountain Trail. Or simply sit back and relax while enjoying a wine tasting and good food.
In addition to family-friendly ski areas, hikes and paths for biking, it is particularly rewarding to discover the area with children from atop a Haflinger horse. In the ArcheoParc Schnals, families can follow in the footsteps of Ötzi the iceman or hurtle downhill on a year-round mountain coaster at Merano 2000. When it is finally time to relax, take the whole family over to swim at the Gargazzone/Gargazon natural bathing pond.
Cultural attractions on tap in Merano and Environs range from farm aesthetics to art nouveau and everything in between. This includes the Merano Kurhaus the Schloss Trauttmansdorff castle, the typewriter museum (Schreibmaschinenmuseum) in Parcines/Partschins, and the many hikes available in the surrounding rural countryside.
Find a personal favourite from amongst unique local specialities including numerous pasta variations, specials like Laugenrind beef and South Tyrolean dumplings. Törggelen is on offer in autumn. Not to mention the great selection of outstanding local wines that complement holidays in Merano and Environs.
Winter holidays in Merano and Environs prove to be full of variety as well. Enjoy rest and relaxation in the thermal baths of Merano/Meran. Families and skiers of every level will find bliss at any of five ski areas including the Schnalstaler Gletscher glacier, Merano 2000, Plan/Pfelders, and Schwemmalm in Ultental valley or the Vigiljoch mountain. Looking for something different? Head sledging or hiking through the winter landscape, or go ice climbing to gain a new perspective.