The most wonderful discoveries right from your hotel in Merano

The best excursion destinations in and around Merano

A pleasant walk from the Oberwirt - or to be more exact, 100 metres away from your hotel near Merano, takes you down to the spa town. If, when you get there, you suddenly feel imperial while strolling along the promenades, it could be due to the fact that you are following in the footsteps of Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary. Empress Sissi came to Merano four times to take the cure - the first time was in 1870 and she brought with her a considerable entourage.

Sissi's visits had the effect of turning the sleep provincial town into a world-famous, noble spa town with lavish parks and gardens. It was chic to take a spa in Merano and in addition there were of course the society events in the kurhaus and theatre, along the promenades and at the racecourse which were always a highlight.

A trip between palm tress and glaciers in the most southerly town in South Tyrol

The noble spa town from those days is much more than a lively museum these days. On the contrary. The tradition-packed narrow streets are now filled with young flair. Symbolic of this are the modern thermal baths designed by the architect Matteo Thun, which are in fantastic contrast to the art nouveau style palace kurhaus and places modern alongside historical.

And as far as fashion goes, in the shopping paradise that is Merano you will find traditional and classical styles as well as modern styles and fashion of the future. Nature also provides for delightful contrasts: you can drink a cocktail under palm trees while surrounded by snow-capped. 3,000 metre mountains of the Texel range and clear blue skies ...

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Above the lights of the spa town at the Oberwirt, your hotel in Merano

Indulge in the hustle and bustle of the second largest town in South Tyrol and then return to the hotel to relax and enjoy the gourmet pleasures of the Oberwirt. You'll be "residing" in your hotel directly above the town of Merano - a half hour walk surrounded by vines and orchards takes you to the spa town. The view from your accommodation over Merano is especially pretty when seen at night ...

Visit the highlights of Merano during your holiday at the 4-star superior Hotel Oberwirt near Merano

Trauttmansdorff Castle and its gardens

Built around Trauttmansdorff Castle in 1994, the botanical gardens with their water and terraced gardens which lead down to the water lily pond, are amongst the most beautiful in Europe. A 12 hectare paradise with plants from all over the world, grottoes, pavilions and themed gardens. The picturesque castle has its origins in the time around 1300 and today houses the State Museum of Tourism. Tip: the spectacular viewing platform designed by star-architect Matteo Thun.

Thermal baths in Merano

An architectural highlight of steel and glass are the thermal baths - built in 2005 by the architect Matteo Thun. On the south side banks of the River Passer and integrated in a huge park with huge trees, the wellness temple offers a modern wellness experience alone with its 25 indoor and outdoor pools.

Laubengasse (shopping area)

Along with the splendour of the flowers, the Middle Age arcades are a particular characteristic of Merano. Then, as now, a "shopping paradise". Delicacies and fashion to the heart's content can be found in the arcade shops.

Kurhaus and art nouveau architecture

The domed kurhaus on the banks of the Passer was built in 1914 in Austrian art nouveau style and integrates the previous kurhaus from 1874 with its Gründerzeit characteristics. The kurhaus is regarded as one of the most beautiful art nouveau buildings in the Alpine region. Further mighty art nouveau buildings adorn Merano's townscape, among them the state theatre of 1900 and the art nouveau covered walkways of the winter promenade on the right hand banks of the Passer.

Monuments

At both ends of the Laubengasse shooping area you will find buildings that are well worth a visit: the parish church of St. Nikolaus with its Gothic, octagonal towers at one end and the local rulers castle from the 15th century at the other. Also worth seeing: the late-Gothic Hospital Church of the Holy Spirit.

Museums

State Museum of Tourism in Trauttmansdorff Castle. The local rulers castle from 1470, residence of Emperor Maximilian and the family of Emperor Ferdinand I, with late medieval furnishings. Municipal museum in Steinach Palace with Gothic sculptures and Baroque paintings by Tyrolean masters, folk art from Merano and pre-historic exhibits. The Museum for Women in the Volksbank building which follows the history of women for the last 200 years. The Jewish Museum in the synagogue cellar. The Nadezda Borodina monument in the Russian-Orthodox Nikolaus church. Wine museum in Rametz castle.

Horse-racing circuit

Built in 1896 and extended in 1935, the horse-racing circuit has a long tradition in Merano. A real crowd puller is the Grand Prix of Merano at the end of September and the Haflinger Farmer's Race on Easter Monday.

Top tips for tours of discovery of the area

  • Bolzano with the Ötzi museum: pretty and lively state capital of South Tyrol, just an hour away by car from the hotel (or a delightful bike tour). The Ötzi exhibition (the mummified remains found in a glacier) is in the South Tyrolean Archeological Museum.
  • Tyrol Castle in Tirol village
  • Schenna Castle in Schenna
  • Old parish church in Niederlana with the biggest winged altarpiece in the region which is 14 metres high and from Hans Schnatterpeck. Also in Lana: the apple museum.

You can also read more on the romantic Hotel Oberwirt's website, your hotel near Merano:

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