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Meran (Italian: Merano) [1] is the second largest town in South Tyrol with a population of about 35,000 (63,000 including the metropolitan area). A slight majority (51.5%) of the population is German-speaking, while the others are Italian-speaking. Merano, with its delightfully mild climate, lovely surroundings and rich, varied vegetation, is a famous health spa resort. It is protected from the winds and bad weather by high mountains to the north, east and west and lies in a valley open towards the sunny south. 324 mts. above sea-level, Merano attracts holiday-makers, mainly Germans, throughout the year, with local hotels having 4.739 rooms and known for their high standards of comfort, service and good food. There are 52 romantic, old castles in and around the town, some used as hotels or museums while others are still private residences.


Get in

Merano is located outside of the Brenner line and whether you want to reach the town by plane, by train, by bus or by car you have likely to reach before Bolzano and from this point Meran. Meran is located 33 km (20 miles) north-west from Bolzano.

By plane

The nearest airport is located in Bolzano.

Getting to/from the airport

Many hotels offer a transfer from Bolzano airport, especially if you book through a travel agency (in this case you probably have the possibility to have a transfer from other major airports). In the airport you will find some rent-a-car agencies. http://www.taxidriver-tirol.at/

By train

In order to get in Merano by train you have to arrive in Bolzano first and from here you can take the train to Merano (every 40 minutes). When you buy the ticket at the departure station you can have the ticket from Bolzano to Merano included, saying that your destination is Merano. The Merano Central Rail Station is closed to the town centre.

By bus

Some German, Austrian and Swiss travel agencies offer direct bus connection to Merano. Normally international bus lines stop in Bolzano and from here you can take the bus Bolzano-Merano at the Bolzano Bus Station or other stops inside Bolzano (like Dominikanerplatz). Buses are run by SASA [2], which uses the same orange buses you can find inside cities, and SAD's [3], with grey-coloured buses (they operate on the same line). There is a departure every hour. A fare from Bolzano to Merano costs EUR 4 (only 2.61 with value card).

By car

You have to exit at Bolzano South on motorway A22 and taking the modern freeway. In Merano there are three exits: Sinich/Meran Süd, Meran Zentrum and Algund (freeway end). If you are coming from Landeck in Austria or Engadin, Switzerland, you can follow the signs along the road. 90.152.220.34 15:49, 28 October 2008 (EDT)

Get around

The best way in order to discover Merano is by foot, but it's covered by an excellent public transport system, which is composed by buses and a chair lift to the village of Tirol.

By Bus

In Merano there are 9 bus lines (generally 6 am - 9 pm) run by SASA [4] and 1 of this have also a night service (9 pm - 1 am). Buses pass frequently (every 15-25 minutes). Buses run always on time.

Stamp your ticket at the start of its first use (there are green - on new buses yellow - stamping machines). You have to buy another ticket if you stop and you catch a bus after 45 minutes after the printing (only with single trip ticket or spent value card). Payment is by the honor system and inspectors check for valid tickets. If you don't have one, it's an instant EUR 25 fine (plus the fare you were supposed to have paid). All timetables and bus maps you can find free in the tourist offices or in the bus station.

All urban buses stops are request stops (exept end of the line): If you want to get off press the red (in some blue) button, while if you want to get on a bus you have to wave your hand.

Chair lift

Merano is connected with the village of Tirol - located on a hill above the town - by a chair lift, which is in service between April and November.

By Taxi

Taxis are only on call available. Merano's taxi service is powered by Radio Taxi 24h24 calling 0473 21 20 13.

By bike

Merano has a good bike trail system - but not so developed as in Bolzano, though - but around the town it's excellent. Maps are available in tourist offices and online [5].

Rentals are available in the following places:

  • Rail Station
  • Spa Building
  • Tennis Centre

The service is available from April until mid of October (M-Sa 9AM-7PM) and it's free. You only have to pay a EUR 5 bail - which is returned if the bike has not been damaged.

By car

The public transportation or your own feet should be enough in order to travel inside Merano. Finding a parking in the town centre can be complicated.

In winter (from November to March) the whole city is forbidden for the EURO 0 cars in order to prevent from air pollution. In cases of high concentration of polluted substances the streets are forbidden also for EURO 1 cars.

See

Museums, Galleries, and Memorials

  • Touriseum - South Tyrol Museum of Tourism with Botanical Garden [6] - admission €9.80 (students/handicapped people €7.50, over 65 €8.50, after 6PM €5.00, children up to 6 years free) It's a very interesting highlight. The Museum hosted at Trauttmansdorff Castle reports the long history of tourist tradition in South Tyrol. The ticket includes the visit to the well-kept and quite wide Botanical Garden. The Museum is open only from the first half of March to the first half of September, considering that the Botanical Garden is closed during the cold season.
  • City Museum - admission €2.00 (reduced €1.50) It's located in a former hotel, it shows interesting archaeological and historical founds.
  • Princely Castle Museum - admission €2.00 (reduced €1.50) de, it Building from the 15th century located in the old town with an interesting exhibition for lovers of medieval history.
  • Jewish Museum - free entry. The small museum located at the only South Tyrol's Synogogue reports the history and documentation about the Jewish community in South Tyrol.
  • Women's Museum Evelyn Ortner - [7] - free entry. Unique museum about women specialized in culture of women's everyday life.
  • Meran Art - City Gallery - [8] - free entry. Exhibitions of contemporary art, literature and architecture and other interesting features.
  • Monument of Empress Elisabeth - is a statue situated at the Summer Promenade's entrance, which was modeled with white marble after Sissi's assasination in Geneva in 1898. The Empress of Austria visited Merano four times - the last time being one year before her death. During the fascist dictatorship it was deplaced, cutting off the statue's head. After WWII the statue was replaced and the head re-modeled. It shows an interesting parallel with the Monument of Walther von der Vogelweide in Bolzano.

Churches

  • Main Parish Church Gothic bulding with Baroque features in the old town built in different periods between 1302 and the 18th century. Its bell tower is one of the highest in South Tyrol (83 metres) and it shows 7 clocks.
  • Holy Spirit's Church Gothic building built between the 14th and 15th century beyond the Passer river. A building built by Fascist Italy in rationalist style hides the church, because the Gothic style was considered to be a symbol of the German-speaking countries.
  • Holy Mary's Church Located in the district of Untermais it's an interesting Romanic building built in the 12th century.

Buy

Eat

  • Restaurant Kallmünz, Piazza Rena 12.
  • Restaurant Sissi - Andrea Fenoglio, Via G. Galilei 44, [9].

Drink

  • Café Forum, Via Leonardo da Vinci 11 (Postgasse). A fine Cocktails and Wine Bar.
  • Bar Rossini, Corso della libertà 19, [10].
  • Sketch Clublounge, Passegiata lungo Passirio 40, [11].


Sleep

  • Hotel Palace Merano - Espace Henri Chenot, Via Cavour 2, [12].
  • Hotel Aurora, Passegiata lungo Passirio 38, [13].

Contact

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