There are several spa towns and health resorts with a long tradition in South Tyrol, with the city of Merano leading the way.
Looking for a charming spa town for your oncoming holidays? In South Tyrol, you strike it rich - Merano e.g. is a spa town that is steeped in history. Even famous personalities such as the empress Elizabeth or Franz Kafka were attracted by this charming place. In the course of the 20th century, the European nobility visited Merano, that still today is an ideal place for a stay at a health spa, as the offer in the city can show its face.
Another reknown spa town is Fiè allo Sciliar, located at the foot of the majestic Sciliar massif. In 2003, Fiè was pronounced a climatic spa. Gentle meadows, dense forests, restorative Alpine pastures and in the background, the Sciliar, symbol of South Tyrol. Not to mention the culinary delights you can enjoy in the village.
In the 19th century, also Colle Isarco used to be a popular resort for cures, as this place used to be the most popular spa town after Merano. This is where the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen sojourned, who used to watch the wild waters of the Rio di Fleres for hours.
Gries, the youngest district of Bolzano, experienced its prime as spa town in the 19th century. Still today the Guntschna mall reminds on this period that contributed to the boost of this place. By the way, in 1912 a silent film was registered in Gries, called “Bozen mit den Luftkurort Gries“.
The climatically privileged position of Foiana, as well as the healthy air of the mountain village, made it a popular climatic health resort. The offer regarding cures is wide and ranges from the Völlaner Badl to the upper spa and wellness hotel. Particularly recommendable is Foiana in spring, in the period of apple blossom.
Also Solda all’Ortles is a famous climatic mountain health resort. At the foot of the Ortles mountain massif, the air is particularly healthy and refreshing and has undoubtedly a positive impact on body and soul. Ideal is this place also for combining a stay at a health spa with hiking or skiing holidays.
Moso/Sesto and Bagni di Braies Vecchia are two historic spa towns that used to attract visitors from all over in the 19th and 20th century. The first public bath in Bagni di Braies Vecchia by the way dates back to 1490, this facility kept deteriorating after WWII. By the way, according to a legend, the springs of Braies healed a shot deer.
No longer on South Tyrolean territory, but nevertheless worth mentioning as remarkable health resort is Passo della Mendola, former retreat of aristocrats and kings. By constructing the Mendola funicular in 1903, the resorts at Passo della Mendola and Gries/Bolzano, were connected.