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Merano - Meran, Province of Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige

Merano - Meran is probably best known as a spa resort, the second biggest city of the province (after Bozen-Bolzano) and located inside a basin, surrounded by mountains (1500-3335 m), at the entrance to the Passeiertal-Val Passiria, the Vinschgau-Val Venosta and the Ultental-Val d'Ultimo valleys. In the past, this idyllic town has been a popular place of residence for many famous scientists and doctors, who appreciated the mild, Mediterranean climate and the healthy air.

Info

  • Altitude: 320 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 33,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 39012
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0473
  • Frazioni & Localities: Maia Alta (Obermais), Maia Bassa (Untermais), Quarazze (Gratsch), Sinigo (Sinich).
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Provinces of Trentino‑Alto Adige
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History

Meran was the capital of the Tyrol county from 1418 to 1848. When Friedrich IV moved the court to Innsbruck in 1420, Merano quickly lost its predominant position and its importance as an economic hub. Only the Tyrolean struggle for freedom of 1809 drew a lot of attention again: on the Küchelberg above Meran the Tyroleans eked out a victory against the French and the Bavarians.

After World War I, Merano became part of Italy with the rest of the Alto Adige, but unlike Bolzano the plans of the fascist regime to assimilate the German speaking citizens by settling a majority of citizens from other parts of the Italian kingdom failed because of skillful negotations of the city administration led by Baron Marcart. After 1945, it became one of the main tourist sites in the region.

What to see

  • The botanic garden, located in the Chateaux Trauttmansdorff.
  • The Museum of Tourism, which was opened in spring of 2003 and shows the historical development of tourism in the South Tyrol-Alto Adige.

Where to stay