Merano hosts tourists from all over Europe and is famous for its typical Christmas markets and the beautiful thermal baths, but also because of the many activities – both winter and summer – that the city offers.
2017 is a special year for Merano: in fact it’s the 700-year-birthday of the city, that will celebrate with a program full of activities, exhibitions, concerts, shows, publications and events of all kind.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The Kurhaus is one of the main symbols of Merano and one of the most beautiful and charming locations in Europe: this masterpiece of Art Nouveau is now venue for different events such as concerts, balls, banquets, presentations and press conferences. A total of 13 halls provide perfect settings for events for 10 up to 1,000 visitors.
The spectacular Gardens of Trauttmansdorff host into a natural amphitheater more than eighty garden landscapes, spectacular themed gardens, Artist Pavilions and Experience Stations.The castle hosts The Touriseum, the South Tyrol’s Province Museum of Tourism, that covers 200 years of tourism history in Tyrol and Merano in a very engaging way.
Palais Mamming Museum
The Palais Mamming Museum is a local museum whose collection includes archaeological findings, sculptures and paintings mainly from Tirol, as well as some curiosities from around the world. A walk through the permanent collection is a journey through the historical evolution of the city: it examines social and artistic themes, starting from the prehistory and concluding with contemporary art.
Merano’s Theatre is an architectural jewel in the heart of the city, located on the Theaterplatz. Richly decorated, with its elaborate ceiling, beautiful stucco works and gilded ornamentation, the Theatre provides a charming ambience for theatre, cabaret, concerts, readings, presentations, film performances and conferences.
The origin of the Women’s Museum is closely related to the biography of the founder Evelyn Ortner. The museum is open all year, and is specialized on cultural and everyday history from a female point of view which is represented in the permanent exhibition. It also takes a stand for a sensitization to women’s history, as well for the discussion of actually matters as equal opportunities.
Between the end of the 19th century and the outbreak of World War 2, the Jewish community of Merano was among the most significant of the continent. The itineraries of the museum recapture both those years of splendour and the tragic ones of the Shoah.
Did you know? The doctors finding out about the curative properties of Merano’s waters in late 19th century were actually Jewish!
Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, had this modest castle built in central location in the second half of the 15th century. In 1516 also Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, resided in the castle. As the building repeatedly changed hands, it started deteriorating in the course of the centuries. In 1875 the city of Merano purchased the building and today it hosts the Prince’s Castle Museum.
The Steinerner Steg or “Roman Bridge” was was built in the 17th century and replaced a medieval wooden structure that linked Obermais to the city centre. The Steinerner Steg is often also erroneously called the “Roman Bridge”, probably on account of its apparently Roman/ancient construction method.Did you know? The Steinerner Steg is the oldest bridge over the River Passer.
WHAT TO DO
SLEEP AND CHARGE
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