One of the most popular destinations in South Tyrol is, in fact, Merano. The historic centre of Merano includes the Via Portici/Laubengasse, Piazza Grano/Kornplatz, Theaterplatz, as well as the four city gates. In the 19th century, Merano became more and more popular as a holiday and spa resort. Around this time, the famous art-nouveau-style Kurhaus was built, as were many gorgeous villas, and numerous historical promenades and walking paths. Spa doctor Franz Tappeiner funded one of the most famous points of interest in Merano: the Tappeiner Trail, a six-kilometre promenade that boasts wonderful views over the city and the entire basin. With a variety of plants that range from tropical to alpine, this walk is a special highlight among the many other sites in Merano.
The time-honoured spa town of Merano has recently developed into a modern spa city. The Terme Merano is impressively constructed out of steel and glass and makes a bold statement especially on the Mediterranean square, next to the Passer River. Those who spend their holidays in Merano should treat themselves to relaxing hours in this spa paradise, one of the most famous attractions in Merano.
Trauttmansdorff Castle, which wasonce the holiday residence of Empress Sissi during her spa stays in Merano, is now a magnet for garden and museum fans from all over the world. It is also one of the most-visited attractions in Merano. The castle itself houses the Touriseum, South Tyrol's Museum of Tourism History. Here you will learn all about the development of South Tyrol as a holiday region.
Around the castle, an impressive garden was created, which boasts over 80 diverse natural landscapes - from alpine to Mediterranean. Architectural elements, works of art, and garden concerts create a harmonious experience overall, adding another attraction to Merano. Experience South Tyrol's botanical garden in all its exotic abundance!
South Tyrol's museums are always worth a visit and are among the most popular attractions in and around Merano. From history, nature, culture, to art: each museum shines a light on a wide range of topics. In addition to the seven national museums, there are numerous larger and smaller museums, castles, monasteries, and archeoparks, which provide comprehensive insight into the cultural and historical history of South Tyrol.
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The mighty Tyrol Castle is one of the most popular destinations in and around Merano. It towers high above Merano on a promontory and is the ancestral castle of the Counts of Tyrol, whose name has been bearing the entire region since the 13th century. Over the centuries, Merano has gained importance in politics, culture, and art. Today, the castle houses the South Tyrolean Museumof Cultural and Regional History. Changing special exhibitions, classical concerts, and other events provide a diverse cultural and supporting programme.
Tyrol Castle can be reached by taking a beautiful walk from Dorf Tirol. Alternative: A chairlift takes you from Merano to Dorf Tirol and to your destination in Merano and Environs.