South Tyrolean Fruit Growing Museum

The museum, also referred to as “Apple Museum”, is located in the Larchgut residence along the Brandis Waalweg path.

In Lana di Sotto in Merano and surroundings there is a museum dedicated to fruit-growing. Once upon a time, the Val d’Adige used to be marshland. Only in the course of the 19th and 20th century, this area was cultivated, making fruit-growing possible. Today South Tyrol is the largest connected fruit-growing area of Europe: 50 million apple trees make up 10% of the European production, 1% of which comes from Lana.

The South Tyrolean Fruit Growing Museum is staged in the medieval residence Larchhof, its tower house has been documented for the first time in 1301 AD. Today this residence, located along the lovely Brandis Waalweg path, is heritage-protected. The museum provides information on fruit-growing, an important branch of economy in this area, on 60 information panels, spread on an area of 1,000 sqm. New technologies makes a visit to this museum, inaugurated in 1990, a worthwhile experience. What you also should not miss is a visit to the farm building.

The exhibits in the farm building illustrate the development of tools and machines as well as the farmer’s work from bygone times to the present-day and provides a vivid picture of life in the countryside. A highlight of the museum is the oldest wine press of South Tyrol, dating back to the year 1570 and known as “Braunsberger Torggl”. Also issues such as crop spraying and ancient types of apples are covered in the museum. On the second floor there are temporary exhibitions hosted by the Baroque hall. Workshops regarding the “apple” topic complete the range of offers in the museum.

Opening hours: from the end of March to November 1, 2018
end of March - May 31, 2018:
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
closed on Sundays
June 1 - 30, 2018:
from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
closed at weekends
July 1 - Nov 1, 2018:
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
closed on Sundays

4.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 18 years)
family ticket available
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0473 564387,

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Der Waldhof

    Hotel Der Waldhof

  2. Hotel Burggräfler

    Hotel Burggräfler

  3. Hotel Terme Merano

    Hotel Terme Merano

  4. Design Hotel Tyrol

    Design Hotel Tyrol

  5. Hotel Golserhof

    Hotel Golserhof

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