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    MARCONI PARK

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2011

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    Marconi Park was very nice when I was there, you see, it was the right time of the year for the 90 Rose's to be flowering!
    This well kept park, is landscaped in Renaissance style, and was built on top of the old Protestant cemetery. I was able to stroll around it after seeing the Palace Hotel next door. The entrance to the park has two old String Tree's, [new to me], and is the only "Italian" park in Merano.

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    THE PALACE

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2011

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    .........THE PALACE..............
    "Over five hundred years of charm in a luxurious, historic setting."

    All I could do was view from the outside, I wasn't a guest, so I wasn't allowed inside.
    Anyrate, I had a lovely view of the outside, and have seen the inside on the website!

    In 1285, Maur Castle was built on the land the Palace Hotel stands today. Back then, adjoining the Castle was parkland, a plant nursery, a vegetable garden, a vineyard and a botanical garden.

    It was in the 20th century, that a decision was made to build a luxurious Hotel, inspired by luxury Hotel's in the Cote d'Azur. In 1906, the Palace Hotel opened its doors to many "well off'" guest's.
    They came in the droves to experience the pure, dry Merano air, the excellent service of the Hotel, the neo-classical architecture and the beautiful marble and crystal, plus the antique furnishing's.

    Hard to imagine this Hotel being a garrison for German forces in WWII. The Palace needed restoring after this, and a group of 8 Businessmen financed the renovation of this beautiful building and the re-launch of it.
    Since then, a spa centre was added to the basement, and outdoor swimming pool, new Pavilion and Wellness centre.

    The Palace is now known as one of the most "prestigious, innovative and renowned spas and wellness centres in Europe."

    It sure fits the bill!

    Do have a look at the website, the Interior is lovely!

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    THEATERPLATZ & THEATRE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    The Merano Theatre is another built in Art Noveau style, also with some classicist style in the outer facade.
    I couldn't go inside and that was a pity because it sounded quite interesting.....I had read the interior was decorated in Art Nouveau style. Outside, the Theatre had been repainted in its original colour's.
    The Theatre has been used as both a Theatre and a Cinema.

    In the 1960s, the theatre was closed after a fire, and was reopened in 1978 after renovation's. Nowadays there are various German and Italian guest performances as well as productions by local theatre ensembles.

    There are other attractive building's in this Square.

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    PIAZZA DELLA RENA - SAND PLATZ - BOZNER TOR

    by balhannah Updated Dec 5, 2011

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    On my walk, I came across one of the old Town Gate's, the "Bozner Tor."
    Bozner Tor (in the south) is still the original that dates from the 14th century. The south facade of the Bozner Tor features a painted double eagle and the coats of arms of Austria, Tyrol and Merano.

    Next door the the "TOR," is a magnificent building that was one of the first grand hotels of Merano
    It previously was known as the "Erzherzog Johann" Hotel, which was later renamed "Esplanade" Hotel. The most richly decorated suite was dedicated to the Empress Sisi , who was often passing through town.
    Today it's home to shops and Government offices. It is a very beautiful building located in Piazza Della Rena.

    It was near here, where the Sand Platz name was chosen.
    How? Well, year's ago, there was a natural bend in the River, and sand was deposited here. What to name the Square, easy! Sand Platz!

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    SAINT NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2011

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    Saint Nicholas Cathedral, built in 1271, converted to Gothic style in latter year's, wasn't open!

    Never mind, I found plenty of interest on the outside of this Church.

    This Church is one of the oldest purely Gothic buildings, and the Tower of 83 metre's high, is one of the highest in Tyrol.

    The Tower was built in various stages with the bottom half constructed in the 1300's, while the top was finished between the 1500-1600s. When I walked around the Tower, I found gothic frescoes dating to the 1300s, around the time when the tower was only half finished. The one of La Pieta from 1417, was restored around 1700.
    Another huge fresco, shows a pilgrim in the middle of a forest, bowing before a cross which is being pointed to by an Oriental person. It represents one of the first dynamic landscaping scenes of the early 1400s in the Tyrol area.

    Around the other side of the church are various headstones lined against a wall and even mounted on the church itself. These date to the late 1700s early 1800s.
    I also found a modern Marble statue of an Archbishop of Merano.
    St. Nicholas, is in a niche in the external wall, a Tyrolean Gothic sculpture dating from 1350.

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN....
    Sat. 6pm
    Sun. 8, 9, 10, 11.30am + 7pm.

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    POST BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2011

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    This time, not an Art Noveau Building, but an Art Noveau Bridge.

    It is advertised as the finest in Merano. It is "different," as if you look over the side, there are gilded garlands. The Bridge was built in 1909 to replace a series of earlier bridges. This Bridge was very important for Merchant's needing to cross the river to reach the Bozen Gate.
    The Lamp post's are lovely, and have the Eagle Coat of Arms on them.

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    ENJOY CURE PROMENADE

    by balhannah Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Cure Promenade is just one of the many Promenade's in Merano.
    The Promenade is the most traditional promenade of the city and its origins date back to the year 1800.
    I really thought this was a delightful city having all of these lovely walk's. I was not alone, the Promenade's were a very popular area!

    No wonder! I was walking along a nice paved wide area which had plenty of garden seat's, pretty Lamp Post's, Sculpture's scattered along the way, plus it ran alongside the Passirio River. This alone was lovely, I just enjoyed standing by the railing's and watching the water rushing along it's way.
    Then there were the Flower bed's, so many of them, and they were in full flower, a nice contrast to the River.
    But this wasn't all.............
    As I walked along this area, I found many historic, Art Noveau building's, one of them the magnificent Kurhaus.
    I couldn't ask for any more, it all was here, including Cafe's where I could sit and enjoy the sight's.

    I learnt, promenades are a symbol of the city of Merano, it would be hard to find a better one than the Cure Promenade.

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    KURHAUS IN MERANO

    by balhannah Written Dec 4, 2011

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    Merano, I found, had many beautiful building's.

    One of them was the Art Nouveau building of the spa of Merano. The first part of the Kurhaus built (Pavillon des Fleurs) was opened in 1874, to be used for various cures and as a place of entertainment. The old Kurhaus had a smoke room, a games room and a lounge, as well as a ballroom, Concert hall and Casino.
    In 1911, Viennese architect, Friedrich Ohmann, planned the large Kursaal and the Rotunda, transforming the building into the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in the Alps.
    In recent years, the whole building, including the part dating from 1874, was completely renovated and it is now used for concerts, banquets, conferences and congresses, presentations, press conferences, balls etc.

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    Castel Trauttmansdorff.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    This castle was built on Medieval ruins around 1850. Today it houses the Museum of Tourism. Its name is Touriseum. This museum houses lots of items related to the history of tourism in Alto Adige; pictures, dresses etc.

    Around the castle there is a big botanical garden. Here you can enjoy the so called Garden of the Sun with various kinds of orange, lemon and olive trees. There are two small lakes and one bigger with an islet inside. Among the other spots here you can see a Japanese garden, a catcti area, and an aviary with some parrots and other birds.

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    The Merano Therme

    by Rilocomo Written Aug 11, 2007

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    In the center of lovely Merano you find the Merano Therme. More than 20 different pools. Inside and outside - two of them are even created with a plastic curtain making it possible to swim back and forthe between inside and outside. Different sizes and temperatures. Many of them with water massaging features. A great cafeteria. You can choose a large number of wellness treatments, saunas etc. In short: a paradise! Highly recommendable!

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    Berghütte

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    One of many bergh��tten in the mountains

    The best thing about walking in the mountains, is when you sit down and relax at one of the many berghütten... ;) It seems like there is at least one place like this along every popular hikingtrail.

    It's great to sit down and take some cheese and wine, or knödel and sauerkraut, at these places. But the absolutely best is whitewine mixed with soda water! I don't remember what they called it, but it's a great drink to take after having walked in the mountains for hours.

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    Merano

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Palmtrees in the city

    Merano is often called a "mediterranean city in the Alps" or "where north meets south". Both of these are very good names for the city. In the mountains you can see the snow and glaciers, and in the city you can see palm trees.

    The city is very close to the Alps, but the mountains protect the city and give it a mild and nice Mediterranean-climate all year. It has more than 300 sunny days and very little rain.

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    Hafling

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    Houses in Hafling

    Hafling is another small town that is not so far from Merano, it's just about 10 km away. The area is very famous for the Haflinger, a horse that is breed here. When you go walking in the mountain you can see them many places.

    Most people come here for the hiking. The landscape here is absolutly stunning! There are trails for everyone, no matter how fit you are. Of course you can also go horseback riding, if you prefer that. There are also some mountainranges around for those who want to climb.

    From the area you have a great view to many different mountains like; Texelgruppe, Brenta, Ortler, Dolomites and Ötztal Alps.

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    Schloss Schenna

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The entrance to the castle

    One of the main attractions in Schenna is the beautiful castle; Schloss Schenna. It was built in 1350 AD by the Governor of Tyrol. Over the years it was renovated many times, and several noble families have lived there.

    Archduke Johann of Austria took over the castle in 1844 and lived there with his family. Today it is owned by the Count of Meran, and his ancestors took over after the Archduke.

    The castle is just open for visitors from the end of March to the beginning of November.

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    Schenna

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The town with the castle in the background

    Schenna is a lovely little town close to Merano. It's wonderful to go walking around in the streets there. The town is about 600m above the sea, and is very close to the Sarntaler Alps which makes it great for hiking in the mountain.

    The town has changed very much the last 40 years as it has become more and more popular with tourists. The climate is mild all year, and the possibilites of all kinds of hiking attracts many tourists. But it still has that charming smalltown feeling, and the people are incredibly friendly.

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