THE FORBIDDEN GARDENI read the sign, and I wondered what I would find in a forbidden garden!And so we entered, this smallish area of the garden. Bizarre creature's stared at me, Death seemed to be evident! The were gruesome looking sculpture's, what was this all about!Poisonous Plants! Witches' herb's, Plant's that kill, yes, your right, we found...more
Reifenstein Castle is located on Rock Hill near Sterzing, in the valley of the Eisack. As we came out of the Jaufenpass, we turned right, and the Castle was very close.Quite impressive looking is the 12th century Castle, and is meant to be the best preserved medieval Castle in South Tyrol! Rick Steve's gives it a good write up, so perhaps it is!If...more
It was time for us to pack up and leave Merano, and head up the SS44 [via passiria]to San Leonardo.This journey is through some of the most scenic scenery you could ever see!It is a wine producing area, so we were looking at acre's of vineyard's, extending from the roadside all the way up the mountain side's. Fruit and vegetable growing in some...more
If you want to continue on like we did from St. Leonardo in Passiria, then you will see more wonderful scenery along the Jaufenpass. It connects the Eisacktal valley in the east with the Passeiertal valley in the west. I think it was lucky for us we were travelling on a week day, as this is a known Motor-bike route, and we did meet a few, but not a...more
Merano old Town has lots of Plaza's and plenty of shop's selling giftware's. I loved window browsing and found this one in my photo which I really liked. It was a different gift to take home, but I can't remember the name of the shop.I'm sure there is more than one that would sell unique gifts.more
MY main reason for coming to Merano, was to see the "Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle."We had breakfast and then went straight to the garden's. This is a good idea, as the car-park was empty, so we parked nice and close to the Gift shop and admission area. Parking was via a boom -gate. When we came back, the Car park was full, and there were many...more
We finished looking at the garden's, and I might add, there is still quite a bit more to what I have written about to see, and now it was time to see the inside of the Castle and the Chapel.Originally, Neuberg Castle stood here around 1300 AD. Only a few of the original walls are still visible, including a crypt and a room of frescoes....more
Lagundo is known as the "Garden village" but I think they should make it garden & flower village because it had lot's on nice flower's in the well kept garden's in the village centre. The village is set in amongst plenty of vineyards, and nearby are cable cars, and plenty of walking/bike trails.We found a paid car park, then walked around the...more
I was told to visit St. Joseph's Parish Church, by the tourist information centre.Now, this is not one of the "old" Churches, but is a very modern one! It was interesting to see the inside, and see how a modern Church can be beautiful in its own way. The stained glass window's were huge, and I loved them, they were full of colour and...more
As we are walking around the garden's, I notice Empress Sissi of Austria appears in many places.At the Castle, there is a Statue and a Marble Throne, from where, if she sat, she would have a marvellous view over the garden's and to Adige Valley. She really would have sat here, as she was was twice at Trauttmansdorff Castle for her “winter cure”....more
My Virtual friend, Will you join me on a walking tour of the Garden's?We have paid our entry fee, and now heading across the pedestrian bridge to the Castle. It has flower basket's on either side, and is very pretty. A good place to get some uninterrupted views of the Mountains.Once across the Bridge, we turn left and are following that pathway to...more
Now we are on the uphill climb, at least the path is zig-zagged to make it less steep. The steep bank's are covered in flower's, a pity we are a little early in the season to see it at its best, it would be amazing a little later in June. As we wind our way up to the first lookout, we get glimpse's of the view, then we reach the viewing point, the...more
After a well earned rest, we are making our way down the hill to the Water garden area. We pass by Terrace after Terrace, under an Archway of flower's, and past waterfall's heading down to the Pond.On reaching the pond, we have a look at where we have just come from, and take in the beauty from this angle, then it was time to go for a walk around...more
I came across this small, unassuming Church on my way to cross the River Passirio.Unfortunately, it was another one that wasn't open!In the Middle Ages, it was the Church for a Hospital that used to adjoin it, and offered accommodation to pilgrims, as well as the sick and old. The original Church has long gone, destroyed by flood's in 1419, and the...more
Would you believe me if I said the beautiful Neo-classical building in my photo is a School?It's true!Very different to the plain, brick one I attended!In 1897, it was the Hotel Kaiserhof, a Hotel that some very important guest's came to, including "Sissi", Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.Once again, it was another beautiful building that...more
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...more
.........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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Family Brunner has been running this lovely farm house for centuries. They have big vineyards but...more
We found this place at the last minute, since my dad ended up in the Merano hospital, I needed to be...more
Via Santa Caterina, 14, Avelegno, Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige, 39010, Italy
Good for: Business
We came upon this when staying at a hotel a couple of blocks away. The service was personal and the waiter, a true Italian speaker unusual in this area, made recommendations. The restaurant is known for its antipasti misto, both hot and cold with seafood a highlight. We also ordered a pizza for my husband which was also excellent. I was going to...more
The Eidelweisshutte is located at the top of the Jaufenpass.It is a smallish Log Cabin, with plenty of outdoor tables with glorious views on a warmer day than ours.We went inside, and ordered soup and ham rolls for lunch. Both were good, the soup was very tasty, and we were full afterwards.Toilet's are here, and you need to pay a coin to use them....more
The same good bier of the other tip but a different location: downtown in front of the Kurhaus. The ambience is typical but elegant in the same time, they have tables outsinde on Via delle Libertà and a medium sized garden inside. Dishes are typical for South Tyrol but they also have some "general" Italian dishes (just to let you remember they are...more
They have a wonderful summer dehor, unfortunately closed on the first weekend of April, although the outside temperature had allowed it. Anyway it's a great place where to taste bier (they have plenty of types) and have some typiacal Sud Tirol menu. Better to book in advance, but not strictly necessary. There are so many car or moto drivers which...more
Right in the centre of Meran's Old Town you will find this suberb Japanese Restaurant. Waiters are Japanese (and actually a bit funny while speaking in Italian) and the chef is from Neaples; considering that Meran is located in a German speaking Italian area, the mix is a sort of bomb. A terrific bomb of fantasy and flavours. I've choosen a menu...more
This restaurant were advice by a collegue of mine, whose mother comes from Merano. She gave me excellent tips BUT NOT THIS ONE. I liked the superb and panoramic location, but the ambience is too elegant in comparison to the low quality service and the low quality food. We had both menus in Italian and in German (I speak German, very useful in Sud...more
The mountain scenery on the way to Merano is absolutely beautiful but the driver should be experienced and the car's brakes must be working hundred percent if you drive along the small curvy mountain roads. There are often no railings, so be careful.The picture is from Passo Giovo/Jaufenpass, 2094 m above sea level.more
The Christmas market in Merano is the most beautiful I have seen until today.
On the Passeggiata (= promenade) Lungo Passirio you will find seventy (more or less) stalls selling various products. There you can find Christmas sweets, decorations for the Christmas tree and for your house and many other things.
At the Christmas Market there are also some stalls selling tipical food and beverages.
I recommend not to go to the market on saturdays and sundays, because it is too crowded.
Favorite thing: For more than 150 years, Merano has been a popular holiday and vacation destination in all 4 seasons of the year. It is a town full of magnificent buildings, relaxing spas and shops displaying traditional South Tyrolean products. Merano is also particulary suitable for meetings and conventions.