Alpine-Mediterranean spa town rooted in history and tradition
Merano/Meran is a vibrant spa town, characterized by spacious parks, easy walking routes, botanical gardens and waterways which invite visitors to linger and enjoy the green and pleasant atmosphere of the old town. Visitors will also find many shops and restaurants in the medieval arcades and alongside the elegant art nouveau buildings. The natural spectacle presented by the snow-covered peaks of the glaciers form a backdrop to the palm trees and exotic plants of the beautiful gardens in the old town or in Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Equally diverse is the cultural program on offer, which includes several high-end food and wine events such as the Merano Spring Festival, the Merano Grape Festival, the Merano Music Weeks, the Merano WineFestival and the Merano Christmas Market.
Avelengo, Verano, Merano 2000
The sunny plateau above the spa town of Merano
Above the spa town of Merano the spectacular Mount Ifinger rises, while beneath the Tschögglberg high plateau stretches along the Salten. This area is home to the villages of Avelengo/Hafling and Verano/Vöran, as well as the Merano 2000 hiking and skiing area. The diverse vegetation ranges from bright larch woods to pine and birch trees, with both open meadows and mountain pastures. The village of Avelengo gave its name to the famous Haflinger breed of horses. Merano 2000 is a renowned hiking destination in summer, while in winter it turns into a popular ski area, especially suited for families and those who enjoy winter sports, outdoor fun and good food.
Lana and Environs
A town combining urban lifestyle with quaint rural charm
Located in the heart of the Val d’Adige/Etschtal Valley, the Alpine-Mediterranean town of Lana combines rural charm with urban comfort. Lana is the biggest and oldest apple-growing town in South Tyrol/Südtirol, and is an ideal starting point for discovering South Tyrol’s many hiking and cycling routes. Above Lana rises Mount Vigiljoch. Closed to public traffic but easily accessible by cableway, Mount Vigiljoch is highly popular among families, nature lovers and mountain bikers. The village offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities, as well as numerous cultural events. Lana is partly rural in character but also a vibrant town with many shopping opportunities and restaurants in the center.
Holidays below the highest glaciers of the Eastern Alps
The Val Senales/Schnalstal Valley is a wild and unspoiled valley that extends from the village of Naturno/Naturns with its fruit orchards and vineyards beneath Juval Castle to the picturesque and imposing glaciers at the valley head. The Schnalstal Valley has few local inhabitants but is home to numerous rare Alpine animals, making it the perfect location for a peaceful holiday in nature, below the high glaciers and peaks of the Texelgruppe mountain range. On the way to Mount Similaun is the discovery place of the famous 5000-year old ice mummy, Oetzi. The Schnalstal Valley is also a popular destination for winter sports. Ski enthusiasts will find glacier slopes that remain open until summer.
Nature, culture and delicacies on the mountains above the spa town of Merano
Located above the spa town of Merano/Meran, the sunny village of Tirolo/Dorf Tirol is an ideal destination for a hiking holiday in South Tyrol/Südtirol with numerous possible day trips. Of all of the villages in South Tyrol, Tirolo is the one that best represents the history of the region. The eponymous castle, the most important of all noble residences in Tyrol and once the seat of the counts of Tyrol, now houses the South Tyrol Museum of History and the largest collection of historical artifacts of that time.
Vacations in the pristine nature of the Silfserjoch National Park
The Val d’Ultimo/Ultental Valley is a pristine and pastoral valley not far from the spa town of Merano/Meran in South Tyrol/Südtirol. The valley offers numerous hiking trails along steep meadows, dense forests and mountain lakes with crystal clear water. Near to the lakes are ancient wells and mineral springs, and the head of the valley leads up to the unique Silfserjoch National Park. Traditional mountain huts serve regional meals made from fresh local ingredients. The popular Schwemmalm ski area in Ultental Valley is ideal for skiers and snowboarders, and also offers special facilities for children and younger gusts, including a brand-new Bagjump, a giant air cushion.
Holidays in a pristine valley north of the spa town of Merano
The wild and pristine Val Passiria/Passeiertal Valley is the birthplace of the local hero Andreas Hofer, the resistance fighter who dared to challenge Napoleon. With its diverse landscape, it is an ideal holiday destination for hiking enthusiasts and families during summer. The hiking routes range from easy walks along the ancient waterways such as the Riffianer Waalweg trail to demanding tours leading up to the high peaks of the Texelgruppe Nature Park. Cyclists will find challenging routes on the mountain roads to Timmelsjoch or Jaufenpass mountain passes. In winter, the rural village of Plan/Pfelders turns into a cosy ski area for families, closed to public traffic. The village of Corvara/Rabenstein offers a large ice-climbing tower and the village of Valtina/Walten a charming cross-country run.