Merano lies in the area known as Burgraviato/Burggrafenamt. The name derives from the “Burggraf” of the County of Tyrol, i.e. the administrative district that formed the ancient core of this county. It comprises a total of 26 municipalities.
The lively centre of Tirolo can be reached from Merano via the Tappeiner promenade. If you want to experience something different, we recommend taking the Merano-Tirolo chairlift, which has been connecting Merano to the village of Tirolo since the 1940s; it is only open from 1 April to 31 October. The entire installation is historic, but perfectly functional. At an altitude of 180 metres, you will fly over the vineyards in silence. Once you reach the top, you can take the bus or walk to the centre of Tirolo. Tirolo is dominated by its castle, around which the medieval village is built. The heart of the village is the parish church, mentioned as early as 1164. Tyrol Castle, the dynastic residence of the Counts of Tyrol, and which gave its name to the entire region, today houses the Cultural History Museum of the Province of Bolzano, open from 15 March to 10 December.
Only twenty minutes by car from Merano, the village of Avelengo, whose territory extends as far as the Salto ridge and the Merano 2000 ski and hiking area, offers pleasant snowshoe hikes on the alpine pastures in winter. Take a stroll through the village houses, clinging to the parish church, first mentioned in 1291. Hafling, also known as the “sun terrace of Meran”, is considered to be the home of the blond Haflinger horses, a strong and rustic breed of horse that is known far beyond the borders of the region. By the way, this horse is depicted on the municipality’s emblem, together with a conifer, which refers to the village’s elevated position.
Interestingly, there is a small lake in Gargazon, which is used as a natural swimming pool. In addition, the Kröllturm is one of the many examples of defence towers, which can be found to a large extent in this region.
Lagundo, Naturno, Cermes, Lana, Marlengo, Kuens, to name but a few, without wishing to offend others: the Burggrafenamt is an area surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards that offers much and will surprise you.