Already in the past centuries, Merano was the premier holiday resort of the European aristocracy and of many famous scientists and doctors. This town amidst the Alps has always been appreciated for its mild, typically Mediterranean climate, lush vegetation and fresh pure mountain air. Here, where the North meets the South, where palms and glaciers shape the landscape, are located the renowned Thermal Baths, a true SPA temple in the town centre.
The harmonious mix of Italian Mediterranean and Alpine traditions contribute to the colourful lifestyle and character of the town: the historical buildings of the centre, the famous Arcades with their shops and boutiques, the splendid Promenades along the river with their cafes and restaurants and a wide range of events and happenings: horse rides at the racecourse, Thusday evenings in summer, the Grape Festival, the Music Festival, the Wine Festival and, last but not least, the famous Christmas Market.
In the heart of the spa town, the “Terme Merano” is an oasis of peace and relaxation. This architectural jewel set in splendid landscape welcomes visitors 365 days a year with a wide range of offers and facilities: 25 indoor and outdoor pools, different saunas, a wonderful park of 52.000 sq m, a Spa & Vital area with South Tyrolean natural products, Medical Spa and fitness center. Bistro, hair salon, shop and a free crèche for all children are available as well. A visit to the Merano Thermal Baths ensures pure relaxation in soothing, relaxing settings.
The Botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are set in sunny location on the eastern outskirts of Merano and boast more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world and several unique Experience Stations, Artist Pavilions and a spectacular viewing platform. This spectacular venue covers a surface of over 12 hectares and during its opening season hosts musical and culinary highlights, guided tours and different events.
Formerly the winter residence of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Trauttmansdorff Castle thrones in the middle of the Gardens and hosts nowadays the Touriseum, South Tyrol’s museum of tourism.