Old Apr 5th, 2019, 08:28 AM
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Merano, an Alpine town in South Tyrol Region, looks interesting with its spas, Art Nouveau buildings and river / mountain venues.

Looking for feedback on fun things to do, 3* hotels, and good value restaurants/ bars. Interested in architecture, walks, food, wine, easy hikes, photo ops, viewpoints, ....... . Shopping not a priority.

Does three days with a daytrip to Bolzano sound about right?

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IMO it's an under-rated area, with reasonable access to various wine route villages and even a day trip (a long day, to be sure) up into the Dolomites. It's very beautiful.

It's been quite a few years, but we stayed at Schloss Korb in the hills to the east of Merano, and loved it. Worth a google or two.

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All depends on the season and the things and daytrips you plan to do:
walk along the water channel trails (Waalwege),
ride to the mountain area of Timmelsjoch and Oetztal (Austria),
bus via Jaufen Pass to Sterzing and back by train via Brixen - Bolzano/Bozen,
drive via Gampen Joch and Mendel Pass to the vineyards of Lake Caldaro,
bus to Ulten Valley or Martell Valley,
Senales Valley with the cableway to the highest situated hotel in the Alps (Grawand),
train to Spondinig and bus to Stelvio Pass,
train and bus to medieval Mustair Unesco World Heritage monastery,
etc. etc.
There are furthermore some castles and 18 cableways around Meran.
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I had saved Noncorformist’s report for future reference, maybe you read it

Castles in two languages: Merano and surrounds

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Yes, Merano is wonderful! Loads to do both in the immediate vicinity and further afield.
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We love Merano too! Although we tend to go towards the very beginning or very end of the summer season for the best rates. We don't do that much other than walking, relaxing, swimming, enjoying the good food and wine. I'm curious to see what hotel you choose...we prefer to go here off season and take advantage of their special offers:
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Old Apr 7th, 2019, 06:59 AM
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Thanks for the feedback
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