The well-preserved Castle, once the residence of the Empress Sissi of Austria, will lead you into the garden of senses… In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, plants from all over the world are gathered together and alpine, Mediterranean and tropical landscapes are presented. Paths meander uphill through water and terraced gardens, leading to the Sensual Garden or the Japanese Garden, to the cacti and succulents mound or to cultivated plants of the south, like the olive tree and the grapevine. A relaxing and educative experience in close contact with nature.
The exclusive Thermal Baths are located right in the centre of Merano and will spoil you with 25 pools, 8 saunas and Turkish baths, a modern fitness centre, an exclusive Spa & Vital Centre and a wonderful park. The eye-catching inner design has been committed to the world famous architect Matteo Thun.
A new way to go to the cinema in Vöran. It is an exceptional panoramic point over the mountains around and the film shown is made of light and air. One sits down, observes the panorama around and the film starts in one’s head. The mountains, the woods and the valleys are the background of this unique and inimitable spectacle where the watcher is the register and nature the main actress.
Since 2006 Firmiano Castle hosts the Mountain Museum of the worldwide known alpinist Reinhold Messner. Aim of the museum is to show the variety of relations between man and mountain. It is possible to admire precious sculptures of Buddha and huge prayers wheels. A grotto is devoted to the legends of the Dolomites and a separated area presents the history of alpinism and tourism and their influence on nature and environment.
The interesting Museum has been inaugurated in 1977 and shows tools and objects used in everyday life by peasants and farmers of the past.
One tenth of the apples grown in the Europe come from South Tyrol and one per cent of these come from the village of Lana, which has a long tradition of apple growing. The Fruit Growing Museum in Lana, opened in 1990, documents the historical evolution and the actual situation of fruit growing in South Tyrol. The exhibition rooms in the "Apple Museum" cover an area of approximately 2000 sq m in the medieval residence "Larchgut" and offer not only informative but also entertaining encounters with an interesting area of our culture.