Culture is one of the most important parts of this spa town. The mild climate and the wonderful houses made this town to meeting point of different European cultures more than 100 years ago.
Exploring the town is a real must, for the town centre and its surroundings too, contain countless art-historical jewels and treasures which testify to the town eventful past. There are, for instance, fairytale-like castles, a great number of churches, mainly in Gothic style, with rare architectonic features, museums housing unconventional and original artefacts, a modern house of art...
Moreover, the town boasts famous parks and gardens, promenades and footpaths as well as the medieval town centre with its arcades, narrow lanes and buildings featuring oriels and vaults.
Merano started to develope as a spa resort from the mid-nineteenth century onwards thanks to its exceptionally favourable climate and sheltered position.
Luck gave Merano a helping hand when, by happy coincidence, the Austrian Empress Sissi and their court twice came to stay here (Trauttmansdorff Castle) in the winters of 1870 and 1872.
Things to see in Merano
- Merano-Kurhaus: The splendid Liberty style Kurhaus, in a very central position along the river promenade, was built at a time when Merano`s fame and fortune were at their highest point.
- The Princes Castel (Landesfürstliche Burg): This residence of the princes of Tyrol was built in 1470 and was used by them when they visited Merano.
- The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle/Botanic Garden and Touriseum: Mild climate and Mediterranean Flora. Merano is blossoming - a botanical garden comes into being The fragrant gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle stretch across a sunny slope above Merano.