Merano: Europe's most flower-filled city

Discovering Merano

 

Merano’s attractions are not limited to the healthy air and the beauty of a natural landscape to experience.

 

The old town is definitely a real jewel to be explored.

 

Merano is the ideal place for pleasant strolls through the streets, where you will be immersed in extraordinary flora and fauna. It is no coincidence that in 2015 the European flower organization named it the most flower-filled city in Europe, thanks to the fantastic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

 

A stroll through the food markets will allow you to discover much of the artisan culture of this land that uses entirely local natural products. Additionally, if you want to experience the local cuisine, you can find many restaurants where you can enjoy traditional South Tyrolean specials prepared in style. The recipes are both Mediterranean and international.

Discovering Merano

 

In addition to the healthy air and the beauty of a natural landscape to experience, Merano’s attractions do not end here.

 

The old town is definitely a real jewel to be explored.

 

Merano is the ideal place for pleasant strolls through the streets, where you will be immersed in extraordinary flora and fauna. It is no coincidence that in 2015 the European flower organisation named it the most flower-filled city in Europe, thanks also to the fantastic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

 

A stroll through the food markets will allow you to discover much of the artisan culture of this land that uses entirely local natural products. In addition, for those who want to experience the local cuisine, you can find many restaurants where you can enjoy traditional South Tyrolean specialties prepared in style. The recipes are both Mediterranean and international.

Museums, exhibitions and castles

 

Merano is a city that has always stood out for its love of art and culture. In Merano, you can visit the city museum founded in 1900 featuring a large collection of Gothic sculptures and Baroque paintings.

 

The Museum of Donna Evelyn Ortner features the largest and most complete collection of women’s clothing, accessories, and objects of daily routine that have characterized the evolution of women throughout the 1900s.

 

In Merano and its environs, you can also visit numerous fortresses and castles which are interesting both for architecture and the ancient weapons stored in there. You can also see furniture and objects that were commonly used in the Middle Ages to get an idea of what living conditions were like at that time.

Discovering autumn in Merano

 

Merano is fabulous at any time of year. The autumn season, in particular, is covered with new flavors and is especially suitable for those who love local cuisine.

 

There is no lack of culinary traditions, seasonal products, and fine fresh wine from the harvest will be the star of your autumn visit.

 

For the pleasures of the palate, we refer you to world-famous food and wine and folklore events, and those typically traditional activities held in Merano at this time of the year.

 

The main dishes are based on fresh and regional ingredients such as pumpkins, grapes, and chestnuts. Finally, the exceptional South Tyrolean wines are worth trying.

Discovering autumn in Merano

 

Merano is fabulous at any time of year. The Autumn season in particular is covered with new flavors and is particularly suitable for those who love local cuisine.

 

There is no lack of culinary traditions, seasonal products, and good fresh wine from the harvest will be the star of your autumn visit.

 

For the pleasures of the palate, we refer you to world-famous food and wine and folklore events, and those typically traditional activities held in Merano at this time of the year.

 

The main dishes are based on fresh and regional ingredients such as pumpkins, grapes and chestnuts. Finally, the exceptional South Tyrolean wines are also a must.

Autumn events

 

The colors are symbolic to the Merano Autumn. In fact, the autumn season in Merano offers a multitude of colors and emotions. Here are some of the major tourist events that are worth participating in.

 

The most popular is definitely VinoCulti – Experience the wine.

 

This festival is for lovers of wine and good traditional flavors. Another characteristic event is Le settimane dell’agnello in Val d’Ultimo. The Radicchio Days shouldn’t be missed as well when the mountain climate makes the area ideal for growing Radicchio. The afternoons of traditional Törggelen are a must for lovers of chestnuts.

 

In the surroundings of Merano, for example in Naturno, there is the Giornate del Riesling (Riesling Days), one of the most famous wines from this area. Also, the Grape Festival in Merano is of great interest, a traditional festival that has been famous since 1886. Those who take part in it will grasp the spirit of this fantastic land and its delicious fruits. Not everyone knows that for more than twenty-five years, Merano has been transforming itself every November into the best food and wine Italian market with the finest culinary products.

A unique event: Transhumance

 

An extraordinary event that is not easy to witness, is the fascinating return of livestock that creates a magical spectacle for those who are part of it. This event allows you to spend a whole day in nature and wellness, through a memorable autumn excursion. At this time of the year, goats and cows are brought back down to the valley by the shepherds and farmers in the area, through great tributes commonly known as the Feast of Shepherds.

 

During this period, there is no shortage of typical South Tyrolean farmers and food markets. Regional products of the highest quality are offered on the markets. One of the most famous is the Farmers’ Market. This market is famous because it allows customers to buy natural and organic products of high quality directly from producers.

A unique event: Transhumance

 

An extraordinary event that is not easy to witness, is the fascinating return of livestock that create a magical spectacle for those who are part of it. This event allows you to spend a whole day in nature and wellness, through a memorable autumn excursion. At this time of the year, goats and cows are brought back down to the valley by the shepherds and farmers in the area, through great tributes, commonly known as the Feast of Shepherds.

 

In this period there is no shortage of typical South Tyrolean farmers and food markets. Regional products of the highest quality are offered on the markets. One of the most famous is the Farmers’ Market. This market is famous because it allows customers to buy natural and organic products of high quality directly from producers.

Thermal Baths in Meran

 

The Terme Hotel in Merano is a luxury structure with a unique style designed by the architect Matteo Thun for people who want to dedicate themselves to wellness, tranquility, and relaxation without sacrificing the elegance of an exclusive structure.

 

The jewel in the crown of the Hotel Terme Merano is undoubtedly the private 5 Elements Spa wellness center, which offers you direct access to the Thermal Baths of Merano where you can enjoy various beauty treatments or a day of spa treatments.

 

As of April 2017, you can also access the new Sky Spa, the new wellness world in the center of Merano at high altitudes. You can as well experience the thrill of a completely new experience above the rooftops of Merano, blending the blue color of the sky with the water of the pool, creating an unreal and extraordinary dimension. Thanks to the panoramic view of the mountains, which blends in with the cedar wood and the windows of the Spa, mind, and body get reflected in a new dimension of relaxation and balance.

Eating and drinking in Merano

 

Culinary diversity and good taste are the distinguishing features of Merano. Here, you can taste the traditional dishes of South Tyrolean cuisine. South Tyrolean cuisine is the result of an encounter between ancient Tyrolean mountain recipes and the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. You can eat in Merano’s top-class pizzerias and restaurants, as well as inns where you can try the local cuisine.

 

Up in the huts, mountain huts and alpine huts you can have some specialties such as sausages, sauerkraut, dumplings, and strudel while sipping the delicious beers brewed in the surrounding area.

 

Annual events are held such as the FoodieFactory Officina del gusto in Merano and its surroundings, a gastronomy-themed event that reviews various recipes created from the combination of the Italian and Tyrolean cuisine.

Eating and drinking in Merano

 

Culinary diversity and good taste are characteristic features of Merano. Here, you can taste typical dishes of South Tyrolean cuisine. South Tyrolean cuisine is the result of an encounter between ancient Tyrolean mountain recipes and the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. You can eat in Merano’s top-class pizzerias and restaurants, as well as inns where you can sample the local cuisine.

 

up in the huts, mountain huts and alpine huts serve some specialties such as sausages, sauerkraut, dumplings and strudel, while sipping the delicious beers brewed in the surrounding area.

 

Yearly events are held such as the FoodieFactory Officina del gusto in Merano and its surroundings, a gastronomy-themed event that reviews various recipes created from the union between Italian and Tyrolean cuisine.

The brass festival and the Christmas market

 

The Merano International Brass Festival as held every year for sixteen years. This event of international importance takes place in the form of two prestigious concerts at the Kursaal. The superassLondon, founded in 2005, will perform with the best percussion and brass instrumentalists of the English music scene. In addition, this year also features the Pro Bass, a new band of a group of artists with unique craftsmanship.

 

The traditional Christmas market is held every year in Merano. This market is characterized by a magical atmosphere framed by the wonders of a unique city.

 

At the market, you can buy various works of local craftsmanship, as well as food and wine traditional to the place. In addition, concerts with outstanding musicians are held every year.

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