Six relaxing things to do during the week in Merano
The potential to offer the visitor tranquility and relaxation at any given moment is arguably Merano’s main virtue. The early days of the week are ideal for those wishing to enjoy everything Merano has to offer without rush. Sunny winter days and the gorgeous setting of the town center form a backdrop of rare beauty.
Here is a pick of six must-do activities in Merano:
- ENJOY A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST IN ONE OF THE TOWN CENTER’S CAFÉS
Start off your day with deliciously sweet treats in one of the town’s centers popular cafés or cake shops, and get an impression of the local lifestyle. On offer are locally-produced pastries of the highest quality.
- TAKE A ROMANTIC WALK
Scenic and well-groomed promenades have their starting point in Merano’s town center. The 18 kilometer-long footpaths are pram-friendly and accessible throughout the year.
The Tappeinerweg Trail
Running above Merano from east to west, the Tappeinerweg Trail offers excellent sunlight and wonderful views of Merano and the Etschtal Valley. The four-kilometer-long trail was created by spa physician and scientist Franz Tappeiner (1816-1902). It leads from the Gilf Promenade over the slopes of the Küchelberg mountain to Gratsch.
The Gilf Promenade
Arguably Merano’s most romantic walk, the Gilf Promenade runs along both sides of the Passer River, from the Gilf Gorge to the town center. On the right side it meets a path that leads to the Gunpowder Tower and the Tappeinerweg Trail, while on the left side it connects with the Summer Promenade. Verses of influential poets and writers are inscribed onto the wooden benches along the promenade.
Merano’s most famous thematic walk is dedicated to Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898). It runs between the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the town center, and features eleven points of interest, including Rubein Castle, where members of the royal family were quartered, and Rottenstein Castle, where Her Majesty stayed. The walk ends at the magnificent Kurhaus.
- TRY THE ALPINE-MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
Merano’s gastronomy reflects the town’s history, as many of the local restaurants serve both Tyrolean and Mediterranean food, or combine these influences to new crossover recipes. The hearty Tyrolean cuisine has thus been heavily influenced by Italian and Mediterranean flavors. Its basic ingredients are a wide range of flours and bread varieties, pork and smoked Speck ham, as well as all sorts of cheese, potatoes and aromatic herbs.
- RELAX IN THERMAL WATER
Merano’s Thermal Baths offer wellbeing and relaxation of the highest order. The eye-catching thermal complex is located in the town center and comprises 15 pools (including two with water containing radon), a luxurious and modern sauna facility and a Spa & Vital Center. To make your stay in Merano’s Thermal Baths even more relaxing and rewarding, we advise you to visit early in the week.
- GO SKIING FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS
The sun-soaked Merano 2000 ski and hiking area is accessible with South Tyrol’s biggest cable car in just seven minutes, taking its passengers swiftly from Merano to the sunny terrace above town. Skiing at Merano 2000 means plenty of sunshine, good food and ski runs for everyone. In addition, there are cross-country trails and snowshoe hikes leading through lovely, untouched winter landscapes. And romantic rides in carriages drawn by Haflinger horses take the passengers through the snowy woods between the villages of Avelengo/Hafling and Verano/Vöran.
- ENJOY AN APERITIF IN COMPANY
The popular Italian custom of having an aperitif in company in the early evening has firmly established itself in Merano, albeit with a distinctive local flavor. There are also traditional, locally brewed varieties of beer, as well as excellent red and white wines produced in the Merano area. Besides internationally grown wines like Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Kerner, Merano also has two typical varieties: Lagrein and Vernatsch.