Merano and Environs offers visitors a broad range of activity programs 365 days a year. The only thing that changes, is the altitude and type of activity. From strolls through the bloossoming orchards in spring or climbing the mountains in summer to breathtaking views in autumn or the crisp white snow in winter. The cycling season typically runs from March to November and offers cyclists the choice between romantic paths or more challenging trails at high altitude. Winter on the other hand, offers five different ski areas.


SPRING / SUMMER / AUTUMN

MOUNTAIN BIKE

Farm roads, forest tracks and mountain pastures are drawcards for the large local cycling scene. This is mainly due to there being so many roads that nobody really knows the length of. They of course all have their own “tips“.

 

CYCLING

Merano and Environs offers a wide network of cycling paths, clearly marked and surrounded by a natural landscape rich in culture. From the Adige Valley to the mountains, visitors can cycle with constant temperatures through shady forests and flowering meadows, far away from the hustle and bustle of traffic.

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CLIMBING

Despite the proximity of the Dolomites at Merano (reachable in only one hour by car), there are many interesting and challenging attractions in the region surrounding the spa resort, particularly rock climbing. Here, there are walls with many different difficulty levels for climbers, from third and fourth grade of difficulty up to more challenging tours such as the sixth grade Cima Bianca Grande in the Parco Naturale della Giogaia di Tessa. Knowledgable local mountain guides are readily available for climbers with advice and suggestions from their many years of experience.

FISHING

Fishing enthusiasts will find many spots to cast their line in Merano and Enviorns. There are numerous lakes, streams and mountain lakes far from traffic and the hustle and bustle of every day life. The most secluded spots are the “Schwarze Lacke“ and Val d’Ultimo. 

 

RAFTING

Rafting makes the Adige and Passirio Rivers accessible to everyone. Experience is not essential - a good feeling and respect for flowing water is all that is required. Professional guides will assist and plan every trip according to your personal needs. Once you have experienced whitewater rafting you will never look at a river the same way again. So, can you handle the rapids?

 

PARAGLIDING

The absolute best place for paraglide launching is located in Merano and Environs, with its amazing views of the Gruppo di Tessa  and the Dolomites. Experienced instructors will accompany beginners to the valley with tandem paragliding. It begins from Mount San Vigilio, without traffic, or from Muta, above Tirolo. 

 

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TENNIS

It’s possible to play tennis in Merano, Lana and Marlengo. As well as this, a campus of the Van der Meer Tennis University in Marlengo offers practice sessions and weeklong intensive courses.

 

GOLF

Golf enthusiasts will get their money's worth in Merano and Environs, where they will find two extensive golf courses open year round. The Passiria-Merano Golf Club and Lana Gutshof Brandis Golf Club can be found here where from February to December, the courses are popular with golf lovers, of which many are professional.
Only a few kilometres away in Alta Val di Non in the neighbouring province of Trentino, is the town of Sarnonico. In the Dolomiti Colf Club, golfers will discover one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Alps.

GOLF

Golf enthusiasts will get their money's worth in Merano and Environs, where they will find two extensive golf courses open year round. The Passiria-Merano Golf Club and Lana Gutshof Brandis Golf Club can be found here where from February to December, the courses are popular with golf lovers, of which many are professional.
Only a few kilometres away in Alta Val di Non in the neighbouring province of Trentino, is the town of Sarnonico. In the Dolomiti Colf Club, golfers will discover one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Alps.

 


Winter

SKIING

The five winter sports areas in and around Merano are not solely for skiers and snowboarders of all levels: freeriders and telemark skiers will find fresh snow and expansive terrain - a recipe for unforgettable runs.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The high plateaus of the holiday region of Merano and Environs are ideal for the Nordic winter sport. All five of the ski areas in the area offer cross-country trails of varying difficulty in addition to Alpine skiing.

SNOWSHOE HIKING

Snowshoe hikers will find a vast network of trails and adventure-filled routes in the holiday region of Merano and Environs: from easy exploration hikes through the smaller side valleys up to a diverse range of circuit hikes up on the high plains above the tree line, with magnificent views of the snowy mountains.

WINTER HIKING

While there is a cheerful hustle and bustle at the recreational areas high in the mountains, the mild Merano Basin of the Val d’Adige (Etschtal) Valley is without snow for most of the winter. Here, a variety of summer hiking trails are accessible in the winter - and boast quite mild temperatures. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and use poles.

SKI TOURING

Two nature reserves surround the Merano and Environs region. To the north, we find the Tessa Group Nature Park, which encompasses eight municipalities of the holiday region; to the west, the end of Val d’Ultimo (Ultental) is the gateway to Stelvio Pass National Park. Anyone who is passionate about ski touring will find a vast network of paths, trails and unique routes in the region.

TELEMARK

Between classic, hype, traditional and new school skiing, the new community of telemark skiing has also reached South Tyrol: This is where free rider, snowboarder, traditional skiers and back country skiers become free heelers and are able to rediscover the mountains. Even if you know the mountains like the back of your hand, this ski sport form allows you to look at the mountains from a totally new perspective.

TOBOGGANING

Tobogganing is very traditional sport in South Tyrol. Armin Zöggeler, the multiple world champion and Olympic winner is the most well known toboggan driver of the country and descends form the little village of Foiana, which is close to the city of Merano. All of the five winter sport areas in the holiday region of Merano and its surroundings make it their priority to take special care of their toboggan tracks, which is highly praised by all of our guests of all ages.    

ICE SKATING

Anyone who loves ice-skating will find many options in the Meraner Land region: there are ice rinks in town as well as natural ice rinks in the mountains.The Meranarena: Ice hockey tournaments take place every week at the ice rink of Merano. This is an important meeting place for regional fans of the A2 division and is also a public ice skating hall with a skate hiring service between the months of November and March. 

ICE CLIMBING

The surrounding area of Merano is renowned in the climbing scene for their boulder-spots that are accessible all year round. The most well known of these areas are placed in the villages of Lagundo and Scena. At the same time Merano and its surroundings offer numerous icefalls with various difficulty levels. This enables a variety of climbing forms that can be combined in one day.


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