Places of Interest: from Merano to Bressanone

Bolzano – The Regional Capital

Just a few minutes drive from the charming village of Barbiano is the capital of South Tyrol Bolzano. With its bustling streets and historic squares, the capital is well worth a visit.

Bressanone – The Medieval Episcopal City

Renaissance and Baroque traditions combine in a most sophisticated way in the episcopal city of Bressanone. Its longstanding history is shown through by significant cultural landmarks and impressive historical buildings.

Merano – The Spa Town in the Adige Valley

Thanks to the mild climate in Texel Group Nature Park, the reputation of Merano as a spa town dates back to the Danube Monarchy in the 19th century. One of the first tourists to enjoy the Mediterranean climate of Merano was the Austrian Empress Elisabeth or "Sisi".

Messner Mountain Museum

Today, Sigmundskron Castle in Firmiano above Bolzano is one of five museums established by the mountaineering pioneer Reinhold Messner. The unique castle museum houses a huge permanent exhibition on the mountaineering history.

Runkelstein Castle

On a steep porphyry rock above the roofs of Bolzano towers the spectacular Runkelstein castle, built in 1237. Many medieval tales have been inspired by the castle's splendid fresco cycle.

Trechiese – The Three Churches

This popular destination near Barbiano is named after three Gothic churches that have now been renovated as a farmers’ sanctuary.

Trostburg Castle

Located at the entrance to Gardena Valley, this former medieval residence was built in a partly Romanesque and Gothic style. The interior consists of sumptuously paneled Renaissance halls from the 15th and 16th century.

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