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in the environs

The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
On the sunny slope above Meran, where once the Austrian Empress Sissi went for her strolls, are situated the terraced gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. The gardens promise "the world in one garden": ancient cultivated plants, the cacti and succulents mound, the Landscapes of South Tyrol, deciduous trees and conifers, tea- and rice terraces characterize the beautifully cared for gardens.

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are divided into four sections
Sun Gardens
Ancient cultivated plants of the Mediterranean like lemon trees, grapevines, cypresses and lavender which create the unmistakable ambience of the South, are growing in the Sun Gardens. On the southern slope underneath the castle lies Italy's northernmost olive grove; the nearby cactus- and succulent gardens leave a breath of desert in the air.

Water- and Terraced Gardens
The Water- and Terraced Gardens bring together a wide variety of different types of gardens: stepped paths lead to the formal Italian-style Garden, to the English Garden of Herbaceous Perennials and to the Sensual Garden. The steps are accompanied by watercourses that flow into the gently curving water-lily pond.

Landscapes of South Tyrol
The Gardens dedicated to South Tyrol exhibit the variety of the local natural and cultural landscape: cornfields, orchards, chestnut groves and a multitude of different tree species may be admired in this section of the Botanic Garden.

Forests of the World
In the Forests of the World, deciduous trees and conifers of American and Asiatic origin grow alongside each other. Tea- and rice terraces from the Far East as well as a Japanese Garden are situated in the immediate vicinity.

Opening times 9 am - 6 pm
(last admission: 5.30 pm)
Guided tours Pre-registration required
Telephone +39 0473 235 730
Fax +39 0473 235 731


Castle Schloss Schenna
The mighty buildings of Castle Schenna just above the city of Meran are still partly surrounded by a moat.  Using the bridge, you will come to the entrance of Castle Schenna and from there, if you pass the dungeon, you'll arrive in the courtyard.  An open staircase will lead you to the castle chambers. 
Castle Schenna in South Tyrol is open for guided tours.  Only the wing containing the private rooms of the count's family remains closed to the public.  The halls and grand chambers are home to a painting and portrait gallery, a weapons collection, as well as numerous art-historic objects of Tyrolean history. 
Opening times
The castle is open from the week before Easter to the 1st November.
Tours (except guided tours) begin at 10.30 a.m. / 11.30 a.m. / 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Guided tours for groups can be arranged if booked in advance. 
Closed: Sundays and bank holidays, except Easter Sunday, May Day, Mary's Ascension and Italian festive days.

Merano, the old town and city centre
City of varieties
The city on the river Passer displays all the variety and charm that one can find in the region as a whole:
The city's calendar of events offers you a wide range of programs, full of highlights: from the International Flower show MeranFlora in the spring to the traditional Grape Festival in October, from the enthralling horse races to the Music Festival of Merano that offers classical music at the highest international level.
Those with an interest in the visual arts will find a visit to the Merano art gallery "kunst Meran" a must, while the Art Nouveau and Belle Epoque buildings and monuments should not be missed.   
Leisure facilities: where the Merano Thermal baths, a modern palace of well-being, is connected to a century old hiking path where, more than a century ago, the Empress Sisi came in search of relaxation.
In Merano the old and new are neighbours, the traditional coexists with the modern, and rural charm meets urban chic.


Thermal Bath Merano
Thermal Baths
7650 square meters of thermal spa facilities
Merano Thermal Baths are located at the heart of the old South Tyrolean resort on the banks of the River Passer. Visitors can enjoy 25 indoor and outdoor pools and a 1250 square meter sauna area. The beautiful park with Merano's famous flora and unique Kneipp facilities covers 5.1 hectares. In summer visitors can use the big swimming pool that is combined with a water lily pond. In winter sauna fans find stimulating refreshment in the Snow Room or under the palms in the park.
Interior design by the Milan star architect Matteo Thun
The Interior design of the Merano Thermal Baths is the work of Milan's star architect Matteo Thun. He has attracted worldwide attention with his exciting architecture and was recently admitted to New York's Hall of Fame. The architect's aim in Merano is "to create a natural oasis in the heart of the town" and "to employ shapes and materials to evoke memories of the primeval strength of water".


Ötzi - the ice man
Over 5000 years ago, a man climbed up to the icy heights of the Schnalstal glacier and died. He was found by accident in 1991, with his clothes and equipment, mummified and frozen: an archaeological sensation and a unique snapshot of a Copper Age man.
For several years highly specialised research teams examined the mummy and the articles found with it. They have been on exhibit since March 1998 at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

MMM und Castle Schloss Sigmungskron
Mountain Museum created and run by the famous mountaineer Rainhold Messner
Open from fist Sunday in March until the last Sunday in November
From 10.00 am to 06.00 pm,.
Monday closed