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Spa town elegance

The noble spa town of Meran-Merano near the Dolce Vita Hotel still exhibits some of its former ’belle epoque‘ aristocratic atmosphere today in the form of magnificent buildings, well-groomed promenades, residences and castles and arcades and alleyways. This is a town reflecting the era of artists and emperors, poets and thinkers, noble spa guests and adventurous explorers

Aristocratic ambience: Meran-Merano is, and always has been, a place of inspiration. For names such as Richard Strauss, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Meran-Merano is well aware of the debt it owes to Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. She started off a whole new trend in spa travel in Europe’s ruling houses, meaning that by the end of the 19th century the town was one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Continent.
Visitors to Meran-Merano come into frequent contact with Empress Elisabeth, or ‘Sissi’, as she was affectionately known. For example, in the form of her stately bust on the promenade or in the well-known Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which houses the Touriseum today and is surrounded by botanical gardens in all their floral variety.
A sea of blossom and scents. Four circular walks lead through 80 different types of garden via a series of steps and bridges past artistically shaped terraces, reed-covered lakes and splashing cascades.

A floral town

The many promenades of Meran-Merano near the ALPIANA – green luxury Dolce Vita Hotel also compete with each other in their floral splendour. Palms, cypresses and oleander bear witness to the southern climate of the area. The rocky peaks of the Texelgruppe mountains in the background, still bearing the traces of the last snow and ice even in as the first spring flowers push through, form the only contrast. Alpine romance and ‘dolce vita’ in contrasting harmony.

Cuisine: In Meran-Merano,  both ’Knödel‘ dumplings and spaghetti get a look-in and may be found in all their many variations. Italian seasoning, Tyrolean earthiness. A new cuisine made up of the best of both worlds has arisen in the place where these two cultures collide, and people can savour the various tastes in the many fancy restaurants, atmospheric bistros, wine cellars and cafès.

Architectural tour: Narrow alleyways draw visitors away from the wide streets lined with lively bars and eateries into lovingly decorated courtyards and quiet squares ending up at the Meraner Lauben arcades. This is where small shops huddle up against larger chain stores, bay windows decorate bright building fronts. Some buildings bear witness to Meran-Merano’s aristocratic past: the famous Meraner Kurhaus, for example. A ‘Jugendstil’ pearl radiating splendour inside and out.

A more recently acquired architectural highlight is Meran-Merano Thermal Spa, constructed by South Tyrolean star architect Matteo Thun. However, a day of relaxation here makes you forget all outward appearances and leaves room for inward reflection. Steaming water, pools and saunas, beauty involving natural ingredients such as apples, honey, hay etc., and bathing in the thermal waters of Meran-Merano – still the spa town, even today. More information about Meran-Merano you will find on

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