Christkindlmarkt Meran Kurhaus
Christkindlmarkt Meran Kurhaus

Old Town of Merano

The arcades, Merano’s centuries-old shopping street, form the centre of the old town between the Cure Promenade and Grano Square

A walk through the old town of Merano is probably the best way to describe this beautiful piece of earth. Especially in spring, when temperatures elsewhere are still harsh, Merano literally blossoms. The historic centre, the oldest part of Merano, is also the liveliest: this is where people meet to stroll, shop or go to the theatre and have an aperitif in the evening. It stretches from the Passirio river with the Cure Promenade and its flowerbeds to important squares such as the Piazza del Grano (Kornplatz), the Piazza Duomo (Pfarrplatz) and the proud Prince's Castle.

The Merano Arcades are located right behind the Kurhaus, the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in the Alpine region: it is only a few steps from there to one end of the arcades, where the parish church of St. Nicholas stands on a small square in the middle of the old town. This is where the Via dei Portici (Laubengasse) begins, with a length of 400 metres the longest arcades in Tyrol. The shops are located under the arches. Delicate oriels and archways adorn the buildings, which then spread out on the way west to the Piazza del Grano, where a small market takes place.

The centuries of history of the spa town can be felt and seen everywhere, and forms a stimulating backdrop for the precious days of holiday. Historic buildings such as the Municipal Theatre, also built in Art Nouveau style in 1899, and the Palais Mamming invite visitors to theatre visits, concerts and exhibitions even today. Numerous museums are located in the old town, including Kunst Meran - Merano Arte directly under the arcades, the Municipal Museum, one of the oldest museums in South Tyrol, and the Jewish Museum, a European memorial to the Holocaust. In winter, the Merano Christmas Market enchants the Cure Promenade with its lights and scents.

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