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meran altstadt merano centro storico

Old Town of Merano

In the north of the Passirio river, you can find the historic district of Merano, characterised by its arcades and the famous Kurhaus.

Already in the period of the Romans, the area round Merano has been settled and it used to be called "Castrum Maiense". Merano was first mentioned under the name "Mairania" in 857 and was raised to town status in the 13th century.

Centre of the city is the historic town, which is the most ancient and also most lively district of Merano. This is where you can go for a stroll, go shopping, or have an amusing evening in the theatre. The shops are mainly concentrated in the Mediaeval arcades, which were constructed in the 13th century by the counts of Tyrol. Filigree bays adorn the special alley, stretching from the Piazza del Grano to the piazza of the city parish church dedicated to S. Nicolò.

The Passeggiata, stretching along the Passirio river, invites you to make a pleasant walk in all the seasons of the year. In summer, there is always a cool breeze, while in winter it is venue for the Christmas Market. Walking along this promenade, you come across great historic buildings such as the Kurhaus. In 1847 the most beautiful art nouveau masterpiece of the entire Alpine area was built. A bridge over the Passirio river takes you to the famous thermal baths of Merano.

Our tip: a visit to the city theatre, which was built in 1899 by Martin Dülfer in the art nouveau style.

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