Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Merano (Meran)

Castel Trauttmansdorff

You could give an entire day to these beautiful botanical gardens a little outside Merano (and they do suggest it). Exotic cacti and palms, fruit trees and vines, beds of lilies, irises and tulips all cascade down t…
Top Choice Deli in Merano (Meran)

Pur Südtirol

This stylish regional showcase – now a chain with branches in Bolzano and Brunico – has an amazing selection of farm produce: wine, cider, some 80 varieties of cheese, speck and sausage, pastries and breads, tisanes…
Gastronomy in Merano (Meran)

Sissi

Andrea Fenoglio is one of the region's best-loved chefs and his big personality fills this small early-20th-century room. The food here is inventive, for sure, but the experience is warm and refreshingly relaxed. Ev…
Market in Merano (Meran)

Mercato Meranese

Meranese designer Martino Gamper is behind this weekly artisan-and-produce market that showcases South Tyrolean traditions and includes seasonal farm products, speck (smoked bacon), wild berries, wine, spirits and b…
Museum in Merano (Meran)

Castel Tirolo

The ancestral seat of the counts of Tyrol is home to a dynamically curated museum of Tyrolean history, including, in the keep, the turbulent years of the 20th century. The castle can be reached by taking the chairli…
Alpine in Merano (Meran)

Sigmund

This intimate place is what Merano is all about: gentility and tradition. A few Italian dishes (steak tagliata, tagliatelle alla bolognese) sit side-by-side with Tyrolean classics (schnitzel, boiled calf's head with…
Wildlife Reserve in Merano (Meran)

Castel Tirolo Bird Care Centre

Just below Castel Tirolo's entrance, this wildlife-rescue centre rehabilitates injured birds of prey. There is a collection of eagles, vultures, hawks, owls and buzzards to see, but the real attractions are the twic…
Wine Bar in Merano (Meran)

Bistrot Sieben

You'll probably end up staying for a bite at this beautifully sited casual restaurant under stunning vaulted ceilings, but it's a great spot for afternoon Hugo (elderflower-and-prosecco spritz) or kicking on after y…
Wine in Merano (Meran)

Meraner Weinhaus

A stylish but very serious wine shop, a few minutes' walk from Merano's centre. It's a great place to discover a number of the region's best producers in one place and there's parking at the front if you're really s…
Trattoria in Merano (Meran)

Trattoria Da Santoni

Possibly not the cuisine or atmosphere that you've come to Merano for, but this is a happy Roman-style place that serves up crowd-pleasing, well-prepared traditional Italian cooking and is known for it's weekend fis…