To be dignified, genuine, steeped in tradition and at the same time lively, buoyant and full of energy, all that can only be achieved by a real grand dame. The spa town of Merano in the Adige Valley can confidently be described as such. Throughout the centuries, well-known personalities have resided here at the foot of the Texel Group, allowing themselves to be inspired by this wonderful place on earth. And in return be an inspiration for that same place. Culture and nature, art and economy benefit from this harmonic synergy, which leaves plenty of room for development and diversity. It is exactly this space that gives the small town its very special charm. Discover the charm of Merano and the Merano region culturally, actively and culinary. Leave the beaten track and just let yourself drift.
Numerous events await you all year round in the heart of Merano, attracting lovers of art, culture and food and wine: from the simple farmer’s market to prestigious musical and theatrical performances. Below, we have compiled a calendar of unmissable events in Merano. We will be happy to assist you in booking your tickets. If you already know what event you are planning to attend in Merano and surroundings before you arrive, please email us. We will make sure to reserve the best places.
As tradition dictates, this year the Südtirol Jazzfestival South Tyrol begins on the last Friday in June. For ten full days Alto Adige will move at a jazzy pace.
Each year, in November, one of the most significant wine fairs in Merano takes place.
At the Kurhaus, you can taste delicious products and culinary delicacies at the Merano WineFestival, which also includes a full programme of correlated events with expert workshops, guided tours, tastings and prizes.
Merano's Grape Festival is an event rich in traditions. The most awaited time every year is the great parade of musical bands and decorated floats around the town centre.
The horse race was inaugurated by the horsemanship of the horses on Easter Monday. The Grand Prix of Merano is held every year on the last Sunday of September.
The music weeks are the highlight of the Merano musical firmament and attract many visitors every year in the town loved by Princess Sissi.
At Marlena, the second week of july is entirely dedicated to golf. Three exciting tournaments take place, two of which are valid for official rankings.
The final tournament will take place in the idyllic Lana Golf Club. Do not miss the closing party with the award ceremony.
Merano played an important role as a shopping centre even way back in the Middle Ages and still hosts numerous markets.
The most important is the one on Friday with over 400 stands, from Piazzale Prader to Via Mainardo, offering food, specialities and clothing.
From June to August, the botanical gardens of Castel Trauttmansdorff offer a fascinating setting for important exhibitions of artists from all over the world.
The international street art festival enlivens Merano: more than 200 exciting performances by different artists transform Merano into a huge open-air stage.
Shiny vintage cars, with timeless charm, will tour the streets around Merano. Every morning and evening, you can admire these prestigious cars in the town square of Scena.
An exclusive appointment in Merano and surroundings with the wine culture and the joys of the palate, from the farmer’s simple delights to the finest gourmet delicacies.
In a happy autumn atmosphere, in the heart of the Alps, you will find interesting information and tips about wine, with products and moments to savour. A must for connoisseurs, gourmets and lovers of authentic flavours.
From May to October, every second Wednesday of the month, from 7 am to 12:30 pm, agricultural products are offered at the village square in Marlengo.
In addition, farmers can be seen at work while weaving baskets, embroidering cushions or working on the wood lathe.
Want a beautiful place to play tennis that has a perfectly groomed court, surrounded by lush vegetation, in the shade of majestic trees and with a dreamy view of the Merano hills and the surrounding mountains? Marlena is a tennis-friendly hotel and organizes exciting weeks dedicated to this sport with qualified coaches.
South Tyrol is a territory with a great historical awareness. Numerous museums invite you to embark on an exciting journey through its varied and eventful history: from the Stone Age at the Archeoparc Senales, near the place of discovery of Ötzi, exhibited today at the Archaeological Museum of Bolzano, to the Napoleonic era and the rebellion of the peasants in the MuseoPassiria. Not to mention the historical-cultural museum at Castel Tirolo and the church of San Procolo, where the oldest frescoes of the entire German-speaking area can be found.
The ancient residence of the Tyrolean nobles dates back to the 15th century, the era of the Gothic and Renaissance styles; it is still an attraction today for young people and adults.
Visit the mysterious and sumptuous rooms that house different types of weapons from the past centuries and discover the largest private collection of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer.
Castel Fontana in the village of Tirolo hosts a museum where you can learn about the farming culture of South Tyrol. In addition, it houses the memorial of poet Ezra Pound.
Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano houses magnificent gardens as well as the first Alpine Tourism Museum.
An homage to the passion for mountaineering: six exhibitions in six different places in South Tyrol recount the relationship between man and nature.
The largest digital installation of miniature railways in Italy will fascinate you with intricate details, interactive elements and with its models that reproduce the landscapes of South Tyrol.
A journey through time to the nineteenth century recreates what life was like for the women of the time: from how they dressed to the challenges they had to face.
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From Marlengo, cross the apple orchards up to Lana, then go through the Palade Pass until you reach Fondo (province of Trento), then Penegal, one of the most beautiful scenic points. After admiring the view, drive towards Caldaro up to Lake Caldaro and finally, passing through the villages of the Wine Route, return to Marlengo.
From Marlengo, pass through Merano to Avelengo, then to Monzoccolo until you reach Meltina, where you make a stop at Arunda, the sparkling wine cellar that is at a record altitude in Europe. Then continue to San Genesio Atesino towards Gries San Quirino (Bolzano), where we recommend a stop at the Bolzano Winery, an architectural jewel opened in 2019. Then you can return to Marlengo.
From Marlengo, drive through the apple orchards up to Lana, then pass through the characteristic Val d’Ultimo until you reach the Fontana Bianca Lake. This valley has kept its original character more than anny other. The way back is the same as the one going.