In the valley bottom of the Val d’Adige, about 10 km from Merano, there is the municipality of Plaus.
The municipality of Plaus, boasting almost 600 inhabitants, is located at 519 m asl in the west of the spa town of Merano, at the entrance of the Val Venosta. Boasting an ancient fountain under a protected maple tree, the village is an oasis of tranquillity and relaxation.
Plaus also boasts several sights that can be visited in a stroll. One of the main attractions is the S. Ulrico parish church with its massive Romanesque bell tower and its Gothic nave dating back to the 15th century. In the interior you can admire two Baroque paintings of the artist Simon Ybertracher (1694-1792) from Val Venosta.
Known beyond borders are the 18 scenes of the “Plauser Totentanz” (Dance of death) illustrated at the cemetery walls of the church. Due to the fact that it was not possible to re-restore the ancient paintings, in 2001 the artist Luis Stefan created a special piece of art with drawings and sayings in South Tyrolean dialect.
Finally a curiosity: the little village of Plaus hosts even 5 plants that are producing bacon!