Merano’s Old Town
The perfect combination of elegance, history and modernity
Of the four gates that once gave access to the alleys of the historic centre, only three remain today. Crossing the Passer River over the Postbrücke bridge, you can see some of the city's most important sights along the river, including the Kurhaus, Gilfschlucht, Zenoberg and the Pulverturm tower. Continue next through the 14th century Bozner Tor Gate. You will find yourself in the middle of the old town in Laubengasse, whose origins go back to the 18th century. With its 400 meters in length, it forms the longest set of arches in South Tyrol. Here impressive medieval buildings with elegant shops and stylish local pubs line up.
The Laubengasse connects the Kornplatz square, on which the market was formerly held, with the St. Nicholas Church. Built between the 14th and 15th centuries, the church is one of the oldest examples of Gothic architecture in Tyrol. Its bell tower is over 80 meters high and is adorned by no less than seven clocks. Behind the church, the Steinach District begins, which is the oldest in Merano. Although the houses are modern today, the layout of the streets bears witness to the long history of this district.
Sandplatz square and Postbrücke bridge
A natural, winding river once flowed between the Bozner Tor city gate and the shores of the Passer river. Today, Sandplatz square is located where the sand was once deposited. Located near the city gate of Merano, the former hotel “Erzherzog Johann” that was later renamed the hotel “Esplanade,” is one of the oldest inns in Merano.