The Oberwirt: your exclusive hiking hotel in South Tyrol

Live out your love for nature in Merano's hiking paradise

Not many hills but lots of views - the hiking trails at your hiking hotel in Marling in South Tyrol are an attraction for fans of nature for a reason and attract visitors from all over the region. The Marling Waalweg trail, which leads along rippling Marling mountain streams, is much-loved by pleasure hikers. The irrigation system was built to supply water in the 18th century and is therefore an important part of South Tyrolean culture. The Marling Waalweg is the longest of its kind: at 13 kilometres long you have the time to enjoy the tranquility, the views and the beautiful landscapes.

In the middle of the hiking paradise: your hiking hotel, the Oberwirt in South Tyrol

First of all it's a slight uphill walk from the romantic Hotel Oberwirt. From there you can walk quite comfortably. Those who like a more sporting challenge can hike along the marling high road trail up on upwards to the alpine pastures. From the Oberwirt you can quickly access Merano (by bus or a 30 minute walk) where you will find several cable cars with which you can get up to the mountains.

The rooms and suites combine elegant living with South Tyrolean comfort.

Rooms & suites

Moments of indulgence
* Beauty break in the Amadea Spa
* Culinary feasts
* Experience delicate cusine 

Suitable for every occasion ...
Give away convenient feel-good stays and great wellness applications to those dearest to you at the Romantik Hotel Oberwirt.


Hiking and walking in flower-bedecked Merano

The traditional spa town of Merano is criss-crossed by more than 60 kilometres of flower-filled trails - it's a delight for all the senses while hiking, walking, taking casual strolls along the promenades or along River Passer or the slopes of the Küchel mountain.

The most beautiful promenade is the Tappeiner promenade - an almost flat panorama trail which leads around 100 metres above the the Merano basin from Zenoburg to Gratsch. In spring it's a glittering sea of flowers and at every turn there are wonderful views of the old town and of the vineyards and orchards in the region.

3 mountain ranges for hikers who want to go to reach the top

If you love climbing the slopes and storming the peaks, the romantic Hotel Oberwirt is the ideal starting point. Take, for example, a cable car in Merano and go up to the 1,350 metre high Hochmuter mountain and hike along the Merano high road. Alternatively you could start your tour at altitude in the Texel range. There are two more mountain ranges in the immediate area and are easily accessible with the cable cars: the Sarntaler Alps (Ifinger, Hirzer) and the Ultener mountains.

The Oberwirt's very special tips:

  • Music in the meadowsm: Take the Hirzer cable car in Merano and from there hike the 30 minutes to the Grompm meadow at 1,800 metres. Several times a year there's genuine South Tyrolean folk music and in summer there's open-air concerts.
  • Passeier Valley: At a length of 50 kilometres, the valley contains many types of vegetation: from the vineyards at the edge of the Merano basin to the alpine rose fields below the Stubaier glacier and the Ötztal Alps..
  • Haflinger plateau: Secluded sunny valley with Haflinger horses
  • In the footsteps of Andreas Hofer: By cable car to Klammeben and onwards to the Pfandler pasture, where the Tyrolean freedom fighter once hid. On the way back take a side trip to the "Sandwirt", Andreas Hofer's guesthouse and then visit the Hofer Museum.
  • South Tyrolean sculpture trail: Walking and seeing is the motto here, with 33 sculptures decorating the trail from Lana motorway exit to Gaul Canyon.

Your hiking hotel in South Tyrol with its own meadow

Once a week our very own Marianne will take you to our private pasture, where a stone chalet was built in 1906. A wonderful hike at 1,150 metres can be finished of at the chalet thanks to a short cable car ride. As a "reward" we will treat you to a typical afternoon snack with fine bacon and cheese, vinschger paarln (rye flour bread with spices) and wine. Delicious South Tyrolean traditions ...

Detailed descriptions of the routes leading directly from our hiking hotel in South Tyrol:

The Marling Waalweg

- Route: Töll – Marling – Tscherms – Lana
- Difficult: easy
- Total length: 13 km, almost all in flat terrain
- Total walking time: approx.. 3 hours
The Marling Waalweg is, as with almost all the routes, accessible at different places. It actually begins at the Töll where the waters of the River Etsch are diverted, continues across the slopes of Marling mountain just above the village of Forst (Algund) to Marling by way of Tscherms and past Lebenberg Castle which is well worth a visit. It then leads to Lana where the watercourse opens into the Falschauer river. Incidentally, access to the route is very close to the Oberwirt. Take the street outside the hotel entrance and go right and upwards for a few hundred metres until you reach the Waalweg trail. Now you will have to decide if you'd prefer to go right towards Forst or perhaps left towards Lana. Afterwards you can visit Count Pfeil's unique labyrinth garden near Tscherms. The original grounds include an ampitheatre, a floor maze, several terraces and a pond.

Marling mountain – Almboden

- Route: Marlinger mountain – Flatscher Steig – Almboden
- Difficulty: medium
- Total length: 10-13 km
- Total walking time: 4-5 hours.
- Difference in altitude: 737 m
From Marling to the guesthous in Senn am Egg, further along the Jochweg trail no. 35 to trail no. 9 (*). Then take a left onto the Flatscher Steig and continue to the Tschigg Inn in Tschigg. The return trip is via the mountain road towards Marling.
(*) Optional: Following route no. 9, past Mühltal guesthouse and the Egger farmyards to Almboden. From there follow the new forest trail to the Tschigg Inn. The return trip follows the mountain road to Marling.

Marling high road

- Route: Marlinger high road
- Difficulty: medium
- Total length: 9-12 km
- Difference in altitude: approx. 280 m
- Total walking time: approx. 3 ½-4 hours.
From the hotel take the St. Felix Way to the Greiterhof farm and continue on the Waalweg trail in the direction off Töll until you get to Josefsburger Road. Take this road till you get to Josefsburg (former monastery, then hotel and now a centre for therapy). After a further 100 metres the Marling high road begins. This will lead you past the Buchlechner farm to the Senn am Egg guesthouse. Next it's onwards to the Inner and Outer Mairhöfe to the mountain road. From here you can either take the somewhat steep descent to the village or the 20 minute longer route past Lebenburg Castle (sightseeing opportunity) and along Mitterterzer Road.

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