The charming little spa town of Merano offers visitors many contrasts with its southern European flair, narrow Medieval alleyways, ancient town gates and fortified walls, elegant public buildings, various places of worship, beautiful parks and gardens and exotic vegetation all set against a background of snow-capped mountain peaks over 3,000 metres.
Merano is known for its shady central Arcades with their tempting shops and boutiques, cool, quiet walks along the river Passirio/Passer and its numerous historic sights. The town also hosts an interesting calendar of entertainment and events to suit all tastes.
A stroll around Merano
The Winter and Summer Promenades, the Gilf Walk and the famous Tappeiner Promenade are the most attractive and well-known of the town’s paths. You might choose to stroll along following in the footsteps of Austrian Empress Sissi past exotic tropical trees and colourful flower beds and, summer or winter, there is always a comfortable wooden park bench in the sun somewhere for you to sit on and relax for a while as you admire the splendid panorama. The whole Merano basin is criss-crossed by numerous Waalwege, shady, flat, narrow paths which meander along the farmers’ irrigation channels and which are so popular with visitors and locals alike.
Merano by night
Take a look at what Merano has to offer night owls! As the sun goes down leaving the surrounding mountain peaks tinged with a warm pink, the atmosphere really does begin to heat! The floodlights of the cathedral and the decorative Liberty-style Kurhaus, emblem of the town and one of the finest examples of this style to be seen anywhere, help create a special romantic atmosphere in town.