Hiking Trails in South Tyrol
Walking tours from 300-3,000m a.s.l. in Merano and Environs

Nowhere else in South Tyrol can hikers enjoy such an abundance of hiking trails accessible from spring until late fall as in Merano and its surroundings.
Nowhere else in South Tyrol/Südtirol can hikers enjoy such an abundance of hiking trails accessible from spring until late fall as in Merano and its surroundings. The array of paths and trails ranges from the Tappeinerweg botanical trail in the town center of Merano/Meran, bordered by cypress and palm trees, to the high alpine path leading up to the summits and glaciers. The Merano basin can be circled by the Meraner Waalrunde Circuit Trail, while experienced mountaineers can circumnavigate the Texelgruppe Nature Park with the scenic Merano High Mountain Trail.

Several long distance trails, such as the E 5 European Long-Distance Trail, the Tirolo High Mountain Trail, the Sarntaler Hufeisentour circuit trail and the Romedius Pilgerweg pilgrimage route lead through the surrounding high Alpine landscapes. Many of the well-marked hiking trails in South Tyrol start directly from your doorstep, while others are easily reached by cable car or public transport.

The Merano High Mountain Trail in South Tyrol
Picturesque hiking tour of mountain huts in the Texelgruppe Nature Park
The almost 100km long Merano High Mountain Trail in South Tyrol/Südtirol leads around the majestic Texelgruppe Nature Park range. This multi-day hike leads between mountain huts in the northwest of South Tyrol, and offers breathtaking views of the Dolomites, the Rosengarten massif and the Ortler mountain massif. The Alpine route was opened in 1985.
Structured as trips of five to eight days, surefooted climbers can hike through Alpine scenery and enjoy authentic South Tyrolean cuisine in the mountain huts along the way. Each stage is also accessible as a separate one-day hike, and some are also possible to do with a well-trained dog. A climb to the Spronser Seen lakes at 2,500m a.s.l., the highest Alpine lake district in Europe, is highly recommended.

The Merano High Mountain Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the entire Alpine Region. Being at a constant height the path acts as intermediary between the high mountain climate of the Texel Group and the sub-mediterranean climate of the Etsch valley.There are numerous access paths to the Merano High Mountain Trail, and also several paths where you can enter and leave, so that the hike can be started and stopped at any point. In addition you can reach several farms next to the hiking trail. These can also be reached on access roads by car or by taxi, or by small ropeways. The tour is signposted No; 24. Exposed sections of the trail have been made secure by chains, ropes or railings. Steps and ladders also give access on the way up or down.

The Merano High Mountain Trail is divided into northern and southern circuits enabling one to hike along this trail in different seasons. The whole hike is 100 km long and takes between 4 and 6 days, and is open from early July until the end of September, depending on when snowfall begins. The Merano High Mountain Trail is not only a sporting challenge but also brings the hiker close to the exceptional flora and fauna that is so much part of the landscape. There are magnificient views of the Venosta valley, the Merano basin, the Alps of the Passeier and the Sarentino valley, as well as the Stubai and Ötz valley. You may even see the Dolomites, the Brenta Group and the Ortler-massif. Every turn offers you new impressions, and an insight in the world of South Tyrol mountain farmers who throughout the centuries of hard work created and preserved the landscape of these mountains.

Possible starting points: Monte S. Caterina, Unterstell, Alta Muta, Ulfas
Walking time: 4 - 6 days
Length: about 100 km
Height difference: 5.100 m
Difficulty: difficult excursion
Best time: from 1st July until the end of September

Hike along the Schenner Waalweg Trail
This picturesque hike along the Schenner Waal irrigation channel runs along an unspoilt trail through the chestnut grove and orchards high above the spa town of Merano, and is also thoroughly recommended for hot summer days.
From Merano direction Scena.
From Verdins, initially the trail heads uphill in the direction of Schennaberg, and crosses over Ifingerstrasse to the Taser / Pichler cable car. Signposts point towards the Waalweg, which leads in a southerly direction to the romantic Katzenleiter steps and onwards to the Brunjauhof farm. Accompanied by the lovely views of Merano, the trail passes through the meadows and forests above St. Georgen and ultimately descends back to Scena. Duration: 81 min

Scena to Trauttmansdorff Castle
Passing Goyen, Vernaun and Labers castles en route, the finishing point of this pleasant, approximately two hour-long hike is Trauttmansdorff. As well as a visit to the botanical gardens, a detour to the Museum of Tourism is also well worthwhile.
Fro Merano direction Scena.
From Scena, the route leads to the gardens at Trauttmansdorff Castle in Obermais, a district of the spa town of Merano, initially on trail nos. 3 and 3A past Goyen Castle as far as Vernaun Castle. To the right of the latter castle, the route winds along the Naifbach beck as far as Labers Castle. The main road first heads in a southerly direction past Rametz Castle and eventually to the impressive gardens at Trauttmansdorff Castle. Duration: 157 min