The spa town of Meran
A charming little city with plenty of atmosphere
Meran, a cultural and historical gem, is located just six kilometres from the Hanswirt.
Where the Empress Elisabeth of Austria (“Sissi”) once stayed to take the cure is nowadays an exotic 12-hectare garden landscape with views of Meran and its surroundings. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, with their interactive stations and ornate pavilions, and the Touriseum (the Regional Museum of Tourism History) are all sure to impress visitors. Brunch and concerts provide further festive events.
Therme Meran hot baths
The Therme Meran hot baths offer visitors the perfect opportunity to relax. The unique architecture, designed by South Tyrol’s star architect Matteo Thun, is already apparent in the large entrance hall. There is of course much more: the enormous indoor area has pools, saunas, spa offers, a fitness area and a restaurant, while the adjacent park with its twelve outdoor pools and extensive grass area is the ideal place to spend a summer’s day.
Meran’s Waalwege (paths along ancient irrigation channels)
Waale, or irrigation channels, once served to irrigate the surrounding fields and meadows. Today the paths along the Waale are popular with walkers and make ideal destinations for family strolls. There is a wide network of such paths in South Tyrol, particularly in the area around the Hotel Hanswirt: the Partschins, Marlinger and Algunder Waalwege are just some of the best-known and perhaps the most attractive of these.
The Passer Promenade is part of the characteristic townscape of Meran. The name comes from the River Passer that divides the city centre in two. At its heart is the “Cure Promenade” that runs from the Post Bridge to the Theatre Bridge. Well-maintained, thematically arranged flowerbeds line the wide footpath, inviting visitors to stroll along or stay awhile. There are plenty of ice-cream parlours and attractive cafés to complete the idyllic image.
The task of the Meran Women’s Museum is to illustrate the history of woman using fashion items, accessories and everyday objects. The museum is located in a former convent of the Order of Poor Clares that dates from 1309 and is home to a rich collection of exhibits. It addresses the topics of the image and role of women in the past as well as the condition of women today.