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gratsch meran


Quarazze in the north of Merano is the starting point for a hike along the Lagundo Waalweg path, unique during the apple blossom

You are already close to Tirolo village when you arrive in the northernmost district of the town of Merano: Quarazze (Gratsch). It stretches like a small village on a debris cone between apple trees and vineyards. Between here and the southernmost district, Sinigo, there are a good seven kilometres. Until a century ago, Quarazze was a separate municipality, then it became part of Merano. The history of the small church in the village dates back much further.

The Church of St. Peter dates is from the 8th or 9th century: The numerous preserved frescoes date back to around 1100 AD. Interestingly, it represents the parish church of Quarazze, although geographically it is already in the municipal area of Tirolo. Tyrol Castle towers majestically above the village before the slopes rise towards the Texel Group, the mountains that are home to South Tyrol's largest nature park. Near the second church, dedicated to St. Magdalene, the "Quarazze Stone Chamber" was uncovered during construction work. This is a late antique burial chamber with perforated stones and grave slabs that come from two late Neolithic graves in the area.

Quarazze invites to a number of hikes. The Lagundo Waalweg path is particularly recommended, which leads past the blossoming apple trees to Lagundo and Tel in spring, as well as the Tappeiner Promenade in the opposite direction, which takes you all the way to the old town of Merano. In autumn, the excursions can be combined with a traditional Törggele evening.

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