Meran Lauben
Meran Lauben

Historic Town and Arcades of Merano

The two-part Via dei Portici alley in the centre of the spa town of Merano can look back on 800 years of history

North of the Passirio River, the old town of Merano with its medieval Arcades, an 800 year old shopping street known as Via dei Portici o Lauben, is located. Its origins go back to Meinhard, Duke of Carinthia, grandfather of Margaret, Countess of Tyrol, at a time when Merano was a newly founded booming town and became the provincial capital of the County of Tyrol. The Merano Arcades are divided into two parts: the Berglauben, or Portici di Montagna (Mountain Arcades) are in the direction of the Monte di Merano and the Wasserlauben, or Portici d'Acqua (Water Arcades) in the direction of the Passirio river. Today, the Merano Arcades with a length of 400 m are the longest in Tyrol and invite you to stroll and shop, enjoying a cappuccino in the sun in between.

They extend from west to east and thus from the Piazza Del Grano square to the Piazza Duomo square with the St. Nicholas Parish Church. A wide variety of shops can be found here, from international fashion chains to delicatessen shops with regional products. The beautiful facades of the houses from different style epochs are provided with bay windows and archways. The Merano Market takes place every week in the adjacent Corso Libertà road.

The Arcades are surrounded by numerous sights and excursion destinations, including the Kurhaus along the Lungopassirio Promenade, the beautifully designed promenades of the spa town, and museums such as the Merano Municipal Museum and the Prince's Castle. Just outside the Via dei Portici, a bridge leads to the newly designed Piazza delle Terme square with the Merano Thermal Baths. And how to reach the Arcades? They connect the Piazza Del Grano with the Piazza Duomo square - there are plenty of parking facilities (subject to charge) and bus stops around.

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Opening times

Always open


Historic Town and Arcades of Merano freely accessible

guided town tour:
€ 11.50 adults
€ 11.50 young people (12-18 years)

free for children under 12 years

More information

Guided town tour in German language from April 6 to Oct 19, 2024, every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am to 11.30 am (in winter only on Saturdays). Reservation needed: +39 0473 272000.

Guided town tour in Italian language all year round every Saturday (and on August 15) from 10.30 am till 12 noon time. Reservation needed (+39 0473 272000), limited number of participants.

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