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The Hotel & Residence Gutenberg/Alpstein are an ideal starting point for exploring Meran and its environs and South Tyrol.

Admire the botanical marvels at Trauttmansdorff Castle or walk the Tappeiner Trail to the centre of Meran – there is plenty to experience in South Tyrol!

Our recommendations for the surrounding area:

Meran - The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Welcome to the blooming Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, where over eighty garden worlds with plants from every corner of the globe are nestled into a dramatic twelve-hectare amphitheatre. With Trauttmansdorff Castle towering above, the sun-kissed resort town of Merano below, and spectacular views of mountains everywhere you turn, the Gardens will sweep you into an exotic Mediterranean world.

Therme Meran hot baths

Merano Thermal Baths is the new oasis of well-being on the River Passer. Behind the clean lines of the exciting architecture, Merano’s old spa traditions are now available in a modern and innovative interpretation. Merano Thermal Baths is the place to experience the power of nature in South Tyrol. Pure regional produce forms the basis for many feel-good applications at Spa & Vital. As a partner of the Therme Meran hot baths we can offer you numerous benefits – contact us or ask at reception for more information.

Waalwege [paths along ancient irrigation channels]

The fruit farmers of the entire Vinschgau Valley and the Burggrafenamt (Meran and environs) have always had to struggle against drought. By way of a remedy they developed an irrigation system based on numerous channels known as waalen. The water was thus brought down from the higher valleys to the meadows and fields. It is possible to walk comfortably alongside the waalen on the so-called waalwege throughout the year. The minor gradients and beautiful views make the waalwege particularly popular with families.

Tappeiner trail from Meran to Algund

A wonderful promenade connects Meran with Algund. Algund, via the Küchelberg, is only 2.5km from the centre of Meran – or you can choose to go in the opposite direction and start in Algund.

More information here.

Flying displays by birds of prey at Castle Tyrol

There is something to be viewed at the castle hill of Schloß Tirol that is unique for South Tyrol. It is Schloß Tirol's care centre for birds. There demonstrations of various local birds of prey take place daily. An unusual experience and not only for children!

Labyrinth garden at Ansitz Kränzel in Tscherms

A living museum and a garden covering 20,000 square metres featuring a labyrinth made of vines are ideal for discovering, admiring and relaxing. Descriptions of the art of winegrowing both then and now inform visitors about the production and sale of this noble liquid. The Kränzelhof combines living traditions with modern cultural and artistic activities, addressing and bringing forth the personal creativity that exists inside each of us.

Knottenkino “outdoor cinema” in Hafling/Vöran

Who ever said that a film must be made by human hand? That’s what the artist Franz Messner thought in the year 2000 when he had the idea of making 30 cinema chairs out of steel and chestnut-wood and placing them on the mountains over Merano, in front of the panoramic view of Rotstein-Kogel, halfway between Hafling and Vöran, thus creating a unique „cinema“

More information here.

Rabland Railway World – South Tyrol in miniature

The railway world in Rabland near Meran is Italy’s largest digital model railway. The basis of the exhibition is the extensive collection of model railways of over 20,000 individual items, making it among one of Europe’s largest private collections.

Climbing in Meran and environs

There are numerous opportunities for climbing in Meran and environs. There is bouldering in Algund, the “Bergkristall” climbing wall in Pfelders and the huge “Rockarena” climbing hall in Meran – there is something for every climber in and around Meran! The Heini Holzer Ifinger Schenna fixed rope route is for example ideal for families: its medium difficulty (A – B – B/C) means less experienced climbers as well as children and youngsters can enjoy it. To climb its 550 vertical metres – secured by no less than 1000 metres of steel cable – is to be rewarded with beautiful views and a sense of deep satisfaction. If required a mountain guide from the Schenna tourism association can be booked from our hotel at any time.

More information here.

Bozen Museum of Archaeology (Ötzi, the Man from the Ice)

Pay a visit to the world of 5,000 years ago and get to know the well-known glacier mummy “Ötzi”. South Tyrol's Museum of Archaeology also has a family room. The museum offers a family area for children and their guardians where they can play, read or rest, before, during or after their visit.

Raiffeiner Orchid World

Marvel at the beautiful orchid blossoms and experience these unique plants with all your senses. There are various play areas for children as well as learning stations that entertainingly provide knowledge about how orchids grow and reproduce.

Meran 2000 walking and ski area

The walking and ski area is located on the sunny plateau high above Meran and is ideal for families. Most of the pistes are of medium difficulty, while Lucki’s kids’ world is a paradise for junior skiers and snowboarders. In summer there are numerous easy and intermediate walks for exploring the nature and beauty of South Tyrol.

Hirzer walking area

The Hirzer walking area is of the most beautiful in the area around Meran and is located at an altitude of 2,000 metres, with its beautiful panoramic views easily accessible by cable car. There are gentle walks for families across the pastures, while experienced mountain climbers can attempt the high-Alpine world of the Hirzerspitze peak.

Messner Mountain Museum – Juval Castle

MMM Firmian at Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano addresses the topic of man and mountain. Lying between the Schlern massif and the Texel Group outside, with art, installations and relics inside, this large complex gives an insight into the emergence and exploitation of the mountains, the religious meaning of the summits, as well as the history of mountaineering and the Alpine tourism of our days.

  • Hotel Gutenberg & Residence Alpstein - Family Ainhauser
  • via Ifinger 14, 39017 Scena - South Tyrol - Italy
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