About Merano and its surroundings
Mild climate and Mediterranean flair, but also fresh mountain air and alpine landscapes in the surrounding valleys, in Meran and the surrounding area have something for every taste.
Between the eastern foothills of the Ortler Alps in the west and the Sarntaler Alps in the east lies in a sunny basin at the foot of the Texel Group, the spa town of Merano. The Texel Group - a mountain group of the Ötztal Alps - protects the city in the north and northwest from cold winds and precipitation, while the warm air coming from the south through the Adige Valley favors the growth of Mediterranean plants. In the valley of the Merano, for example, you will find an extremely diverse natural landscape: in addition to vines and olive trees, laurels, myrtles, holm oaks, cedars of Lebanon, cypresses and palms thrive in the valley floor. Plants that give this region a very special, Mediterranean flair.
Starting from Merano, you have the opportunity to explore the surrounding villages and the unique mountains of the surrounding valleys on countless hiking trails and climbing paths. In the rustic Val d'Ultimo, in the opposite Vinschgau, in the natural Texel Group Nature Park or in the traditional Passeier Valley, countless paths lead through almost untouched alpine landscapes to idyllic mountain huts. On the ridge Tschögglberg, however, lies high above the Merano basin, the village Hafling, home of the Haflinger horses. More experienced alpinists can look forward to adventurous alpine tours up into the enchanting glacier world of the Schnalstal. Numerous mountain bike routes and a well-developed cycle path network also offer fun for the whole family.
North of Merano is located at 594 m a fascinating vantage point: Castle Tyrol, the cradle of the county of Tyrol. Today, the ancestral castle of the Counts of Tyrol, the former seat of government of the state of Tyrol, houses the South Tyrolean State Museum of Cultural and Regional History.
Behind Schloss Tirol rises the 2,294 m high Mutspitz. At an altitude between 1,100 m and 1,500 m, there are the Muthöfe on the southern flanks of this mountain and above Dorf Tirol, from where the view over the fertile Adige Valley slides up into the barren Vinschgau in the west.