Sightseeing and excursions in and around Merano
Experience culture. South Tyrol is renowned for its culture and traditions, amazing Alpine scenery and wonderful cuisine. Embark on a journey of discovery and see what the Merano region has to offer. Your holiday apartment in the Residence Aqualis is the ideal starting point for your adventure.
Church of San Felice
The Church of San Felice was originally erected in 1251 and is right next to the Residence Aqualis, above the Waalweg path. This historic church is steeped in legend and incorporates a water source in the floor of the main nave. This water is thought to have special therapeutic properties.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
The small village of Marlengo can be easily reached on foot. The neo-gothic parish church of Maria Himmelfahrt/Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 19th century, dominates the centre of Marlengo. The bell tower and the side chapel are part of the original 13th century structure. A visitor from Sesley, England, fell in love with the church so much that the design was copied for a similar church in his hometown.
Lebenberg Castle (Italian: Castel Monteleone) is situated above the village of Tscherms/Cermes, which is only a few minutes’ drive from Marlengo. The fortress’ structure is one of South Tyrol’s largest and best furnished castles and is surrounded by rococo ornamental gardens which are unique to this region. The uninhabited part of the castle is a museum which hosts a collection of medieval weaponry and a large wall fresco in the Knight’s hall. It is open from March to October.
Spa town of Merano
For centuries Merano was a regional capital of Tyrol, so can look back on an exciting history. Since the middle of the 19th century it has been a spa town. A visit to Merano is always worthwhile, whether it’s for the shopping, culture or simply a stroll…Take a walk along the Tappeinerweg and the summer and winter promenades and marvel at the historic town centre, under the porticos, with its many shops and historic buildings, such as the well preserved town gate. See for yourself what Merano has to offer.
Trauttmansdorff Castle is an opportunity not to be missed on your holiday in South Tyrol. The Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano hosts the Museum of tourism, also known as Touriseum, which shows the history of tourism in South Tyrol. Even more famous is the large botanic garden which has been created around the castle across a surface of 12 hectares. The garden hosts thousands of varieties of flowers and plants. The castle is also famous for having been the home of Empress Elisabeth (“Sissi“) during one of her visits to the thermal city.
Thermal baths of Merano
These popular thermal baths are ideal for some “me time” during the vacation: dive into one of the many indoor or outdoor pools to enjoy the healing powers of thermal waters, find peace of mind in one of the many saunas and take care of your body in the excellent gym. Children are welcome and in the summer there is a specially tailored animation program for them at the weekend.
The Residence Aqualis offers a unique panoramic view over the Merano countryside. Next to the town of Merano and the surrounding mountains, there are many castles and palaces dotted over the landscape. One of these is the Tyrol Castle in the village of Tyrol near Merano. The entire region owes its name to this castle near Merano, which used to be home to the Tyrol Counts. The original building was erected in the year 1100 and the castle was home to the Tyrolean Area Princes until 1420. The castle now hosts the regional museum for culture and regional history. The local bird preservation centre is right next to the castle. Daily flight demonstrations give visitors the chance to experience birds of prey and owls up close.
Horse racing track
The horse racing track in Maia Bassa immediately attracts your attention when looking down onto the town of Merano. It is one of biggest and most beautiful horse racing tracks in Europe. The season goes from May to October with two annual highlights: the traditional Haflinger horse race on Easter Monday and the Gran Prix of Merano Forst during the last weekend of September.
Right after Merano, heading for Val Venosta, there is the harmonious building complex of Forst Brewery, one of the biggest breweries in Italy. Guided tours show the modern yet traditional techniques used to brew special beers. Tours are offered each Wednesday at 2 pm from Easter to mid-October. Registration is necessary: phone +39 0473 260111.
If you visit Bolzano, the provincial capital, you cannot miss Ötzi. The Iceman is one of the most famous and important mummies in the world. Come and see him for yourself at the South Tyrol Museum for Archaeology in the heart of Bolzano’s old town.