What to do and see in Merano, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

September 9, 2017 Viva Honore

Just a few miles south of the Austrian border, Merano (also called Meran) is an old spa town. About half the residents here speak German, the other half Italian. Take a dip in one of the thermal baths, or try Merano’s famous “grape cure” by imbibing - what else? - lots of grapes. The South Tyrol Museum of Tourism is located in Trauttmansdorff Castle, the former holiday pad of Austria’s Empress Elisabeth. Merano 2000, a ski resort that’s actually in the village of Hafling, is linked by cable car.
Restaurants in Merano

1. I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff

Via San Valentino 51/A, 39012, Merano, Italy +39 0473 255600
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5 based on 2 reviews

I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff

Insights into exotic Mediterranean landscapes and views of the surrounding mountain chains and sun-kissed Merano: The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle comprises eighty natural and cultivated landscapes nestled into a natural Amphitheatre, a wide array of themed Gardens, and numerous Artist Pavilions and Experience Stations. Visitors find the extraordinary combination of nature, culture and art at South Tyrol's most popular attraction absolutely enchanting. The interplay of historical and contemporary architecture, a rich variety of events, and seasonal blooming throughout the course of the year all make Trauttmansdorff an experience for all five senses and for visitors of all ages. After being named Italy's Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe's No. 6 Garden in 2006, Trauttmansdorff was honored with the International Garden of the Year award in 2013, thus joining the ranks of the world's most important and beautiful Gardens and parks. The Touriseum, the spirited museum housed inside Trauttmansdorff Castle, now spotlights recent tourism history and features new exhibits about the castle's VIP guests.

Reviewed By cherri_d - Brisbane, Australia

These Gardens have a perfect layout to entice you to spend a day strolling the paths and inspecting all the different varieties of plants there. Highlights for us were the range of dahlias and the tropical greenhouse. It would have been nice to do the Botanical underworld in English (at the time we went the languages were alternating between Italian and German), and it's just bad luck for us that the aviary was filled with birds that we find in our back yard at home but it didn't take away from the overall experience. We were here for about 3 hours but could easily have stayed longer.

2. Castle Tyrol - South Tyrolean Museum of History

Schlossweg 24, 39019 Tirolo, Italy +39 0473 220221
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

Castle Tyrol - South Tyrolean Museum of History

Opening hours: from 15th March to 9th December 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (from 1 to 31 August until 6 p.m.) Closed on Mondays except 2th April 2018

Reviewed By stephan j - London, United Kingdom

It has been ages since I visited this old castle with the most stunning view over the Etschtal. I was blown away how beautiful the castle had been renovated and how interesting the museum is. I would definitely classify it as a must see when in the area. The only criticism is that whilst everything is labeled in German and Italian, it was not in English, which is a true pity!!!!

3. Church of St. Catherine

Hafling, 39010 Avelengo, Italy
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Church of St. Catherine

Reviewed By Flo68-mun - Munich, Germany

It's so nice looking down the hill and see the Mountains around, very very nice view, absolutely worth to see. The Church is closed, but you can walk into the entrance hall and look inside.

4. Tappeiner Promenade

Gratsch to Zenoberg, Merano, Italy
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tappeiner Promenade

Reviewed By yogayogi - Peripatetic member

Merano is great; stay by the river & you have many attractive easy walks to hand, such as the Tappeiner weg.
I recommend a wonderful circuit; first walk along the river 10-15 mins (heading upstream) to the start of the Tappeiner weg. Follow the full length of this weg - it's an easy, near flat walk on a good surface. At its end follow signs for the Waalweg Algund & take this path, which follows a narrow water channel. Again easy, near flat. When you reach a junction by a pension & see a large colour signboard mentioning Algund & Vellau go DOWN the road 200m then turn right & follow Bergweg Algund through the vineyards into the village. So far, about 2.5hrs. Now take the little chairlift up to Vellau then the cute bucket lift up to Leiteralm (note: these close at lunchtime. Then 5 mins walk at top to nice café, great views). Then either go back down the 2 lifts & take the bus back to Meran, or take the stunning Hohenweg walk along the mountain edge then return to Meran by Cable Car, then BUS (long walk otherwise) then another little chairlift. Total with lunch etc 6hrs. STUNNING!

5. Museo Storico Grande Guerra

Passo Valparola, San Cassiano, Italy
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Museo Storico Grande Guerra

Reviewed By Mick M - Salzburg, Austria

Museum right at the Pass close to Alta Badia is highly to recommend, certainly only for people who have some interest in WW I. Visiting the museum parking outside is complimentary.

6. Meran Waalrunde

Meran Waalrunde Toll, Merano, Italy
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Meran Waalrunde

Reviewed By Rieverrover - Morpeth, United Kingdom

These are paths alongside irrigation channels, some hundreds of years old. Most are accessible by bus [choose to walk downhill!] and there is an excellent little booklet from the Tourist Office for 3 euros with maps and info - don't be put off by them being only available in German or Italian - the key info is clear - length, time, bus link, refreshment places en route etc and, of course a useful map.
An English translation is available online if you down load it before you go .....

7. Merano Centro Storico

Merano, Italy
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Merano Centro Storico

Reviewed By bombaybeauty - New York City, New York

Sorry no way to say this delicately but Merano, for an Italy historical center, is filled with pretty ugly modern buildings. The Austro/ German roots show through! Having said that, the town has its charms -- great views and hikes, a charming swift-flowing river running through town.

8. Passeggiata Lungo Passirio

Passeggiata Lungo Passirio, 39012, Merano, Italy
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Passeggiata Lungo Passirio

Reviewed By Henia B - Tel Aviv District, Israel

Fresh air beautiful view. Not very difficult to walk,it can be done with children or dogs.Water a trees and a lot of different flowers.

9. Kurhaus

37 Corso Liberta, Merano, Italy
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Kurhaus

Reviewed By Alex H - Milan, Italy

Art nouveau Jugen style very elegant building first opened in 1874, from November until June hosts a rich program of Concerts, ballet, theatre and recitals but in Summer there are very special guests orchestras and soloists so you can ask your hotel to book tickets in advance in order to be one of the lucky spectators of the events.

10. Touriseum

Via San Valentino 51 A, 39012, Merano, Italy +39 0473 255655
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Touriseum

Reviewed By Donald M - Reading, United Kingdom

An informative and light hearted museum as part of the T Gardens. It's worth a visit and gives a real insight into how tourism has evolved in the region.

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