Merano and the surrounding countryside is characterised by orchards, vineyards, subtropical vegetation, breath-takingly high mountains, the promenades, the pathways beside the unique irrigation streams called "Waalwege" and above all, the Tirol castle, the medieval home of the counts of Tyrol, which has given its name to the whole province both North and South of the Brennero.
Those and many more features (at least the mild climate) have attracted visitors from all over Europe since time immemorial.
Those in search of relaxation can flee to the side valleys, such as Ultental - Ultimo valley with its original sunburnt wooden farmhouses, or Passeiertal - Passiria valley, a small Alpine cosmos with high pass routes, all strongly influenced by the traditional Alpine farming culture which is just as alive today as it was centuries ago.
"Törggelen" is an ancient local tradition, a period of time in autumn where people meet to taste the "Suser", a sweet, not fully fermented wine, sausages, speck and roast chestnut.
The funicular of Tirolo Hochmuth and the chairlift of Vellau, access to Nature Park Gruppo di Tessa excursion area.
The Bad Egart Museum at Tel in Parcines is a true paradise for those with a love of the Habsburg monarchy, with numerous antiques and exhibits, including the personal belongings of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elizabeth.
The ski areas in Merano and surroundings are located in Senales valley, in Passiria valley, in Ultimo valley and at Merano 2000.
Above the enchanting city of Merano in the magnificently sunny corner of Avelengo lies the ski resort Merano 2000.
Skiers love the wide slopes, accessible year-round, at the glacier of Val Senales valley at an altitude of 3,212 m a.s.l. The descent to the valley is 8 km long, but a ropeway brings you back up to the glacier in no more than 6 minutes.
The romantic village and ski resort of Plan in the Passiria valley is a most idyllic place for families and nature lovers. The resort can guarantee a large amount of natural snow, and has slopes that cater for all tastes and experience levels.
The ski resort of Schwemmalm in Val d'Ultimo valley has several broad slopes within the medium level of difficulty. With its gentle difference in altitude, the cross-country ski run of Val d'Ultimo valley winds through an intact landscape of forests, fields and meadows. It is appropriate for both classic and skating techniques
The skiing area Mt. San Vigilio is a small and romantic ski resort.