Things to visit in Merano and surroundings
Above all a holiday in Merano offers diversification. Amidst the town and also in the immediate vicinity you will find numerous sights such as museums and castles. Here are some of the most beautiful attractions:
Once Castle Tyrol near Merano had been the ancestral seat of the Counts of Tyrol. But as in the 15th Century the seat of administration moved to Innsbruck the castle served only as the seat of Tyrol's sovereigns. Nowadays it shelters the South Tyrolean Museum of History and arranges also special exhibitions.
Museum of Women
Under the arcades in Merano you can find the Museum of Women. Primary it was a second-hand shop for clothing. During the years a huge fund has been collected which shows women dresses and accessories from 1820 until now. Also the numerous everyday items clarify the woman’s role in the last 200 years.
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate in the Meranerland the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle offer a breath-taking and varied flora. More than 80 examples for natural and cultural landscapes from all over the world will impress you. The four different garden worlds show indigenous forests of America and Asia, Mediterranean landscapes, local culture and atmosphere as well as European arts of garden design. The Trauttmansdorff Castle amidst the gardens houses the Touriseum which you should not miss to visit.
Touriseum in Trauttmansdorff Castle
Once the Trauttmansdorff Castle was the winter residence of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth. Nowadays it is home to an exhibition about the development of the tourism in South Tyrol. It is shown from the perspective of the guests as well as of the hosts. The special highlight of the Touriseum is the giant South Tyrol Pinball Machine. It was made by local craftsmen and leads with fun and gag through South Tyrol.
Train World in Rablà
In Rablà 70 trains drive on about 800 meters of rail tracks through the miniature landscape of South Tyrol and the fantasy low mountain range and impress young and old. Every single square centimetre of the biggest digital model railway set in North Italy reveals lovely details. A continuous day-night cycle gives the whole train world a special atmosphere.
Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano
The Archaeology Museum in Bolzano is the home of the oldest and also most renowned South Tyrolean: Ötzi the iceman. The museum does not only expose the famous mummy but also its equipment and clothes. Furthermore there is a permanent exhibition of the most important archaeological discoveries from the different ages in South Tyrol. Also special events take place regularly.