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Hikes in Meran

South Tyrol, Italy

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The spa town of Merano delights its guests with a mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean flair. And that is precisely what is reflected in the hikes in the Merano region: while pleasure hikers stroll among vineyards and blossoming apple trees high above the city, summit strikers are drawn to the mountains of the Sarntal Alps and the Texel Group. The Waal trails, meanwhile, lead along the traces of water and offer magnificent views over the Etschtal valley.
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The 10 Most Beautiful hikes in Meran

Die Kuhleitenhütte vom Ifinger aus
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Small and Large Ifinger
Premium content Difficulty moderate
22.3 km
8:00 h
1,087 m
2,337 m
The tour takes us from the mountain station of the Ifinger cable car up to the Grosse Ifinger and reveals a magnificent view as far as the Dolomites.
Das Knottenkino
Hiking trail · Sarntal Alps
Zum Knottenkino von Vöran
recommended route Difficulty moderate
13.3 km
4:00 h
630 m
630 m
Rundwanderung über den Schützenbrünnlweg zum Knottenkino
Algunder Waalweg
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
View and culture along the Algunder Waalweg
Premium content Difficulty moderate
8.9 km
2:45 h
200 m
200 m
On the Algunder Waalweg and Ochsentodweg to the historic St. Peter's Church with a return via the Kreuzweg and Algunder Waalweg.
Tausende von Narzissen beim Baumzuchtbetrieb Kösti
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Freiberger Höfeweg
Premium content Difficulty moderate
7.6 km
2:40 h
390 m
390 m
A panoramic and enjoyable circular hike from Burgstall via the Höfeweg am Freiberg with a return on the Graf-Volkmar-Weg.
Botanischer Garten Schloss Trauttmansdorff bei Meran
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Sissi Trail and exotic gardens
Premium content Difficulty easy
4.7 km
1:20 h
110 m
30 m
We walk in the footsteps of the Austrian Empress Sissi, who liked to take long walks during her stays in Merano, to Trauttmansdorff Castle. There, the famous gardens await us with many exciting experience stations.
wandern durch Kastanienhainen und Narzissen
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Narzissenmeer in Freiberg
recommended route Difficulty easy
7.4 km
2:45 h
397 m
400 m
leichte Frühjahrswanderung welche uns auf das Freiberger Mittelgebirge führt,vorbei an Buschenschenken, botanischen Besonderheiten, archäologischen Hügel und einem Hof, der im Frühjahr ein Narzissen- Eldorado bietet und im Herbst eine interessante Kastanienzucht.
Blick auf Meran
Hiking trail · Ortler Group
Romedius-Weg von Bockerhütte bis Völlan
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 9
23.2 km
8:30 h
563 m
1,569 m
9. Etappe des Romedius-Pilgerweges Klimawechsel könnte man diese Tagesetappe nennen. Vom Hochgebirge in den Meraner Talkessel.
Il campanile del Duomo
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
I portici e il rione Steinach
recommended route Difficulty easy
2.7 km
0:29 h
25 m
25 m
Scopriamo la parte più antica della città atesina: gli storici portici, per poi sbucare a ridosso del duomo e proseguire verso il centro storico.
Meran mit Bergen
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
STI 12: Tappeinerweg - Tirol
recommended route Difficulty easy
11.8 km
3:50 h
351 m
351 m
Diese Tour verbindet die wunderschöne Tappeinerpromenade mit dem Algunder Waalweg und führt schliesslich zum Schloss Tyrol, und über das Dorf zurück nach Meran.
Vista sulla città
Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Passeggiate Inverno ed Estate
recommended route Difficulty easy
2.4 km
0:25 h
31 m
19 m
Godetevi il torrente Passirio dal centro città fino ad una stretta gola, dove da un ponticello si può osservare Merano in tutta la sua bellezza.
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Leisurely hikes in and around the town of Merano

The small but lively spa town of Merano is surrounded by a unique valley and mountain landscape that is just calling to be discovered. Idyllic villages around the city and picturesque valleys, be it the Passeier Valley, the Ulten Valley or the Schnals Valley, invite you to explore.

In addition, the city is known for its sunny weather and Mediterranean atmosphere, so good mood and wanderlust are pre-programmed. Gentle vineyards, romantic promenades, park benches to rest on and the botanical gardens are ideal for leisurely walks.

A classic hiking trail is the short hike on the Tappeinerweg on the slopes of the Küchelberg in Merano, which offers a wide view over the rooftops of the city. Palm trees and other exotic plants create a unique Mediterranean atmosphere.

Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Tappeinerweg Trail
Difficulty easy
Distance 3.2 km
Duration 1:00 h
Ascent 80 m
Descent 31 m


The Sissi Trail remains exotic and beautiful: along the promenade of the Passer River, the trail leads to the botanical gardens that lead to Trauttmansdorff Castle. The castle was a favourite destination of the Austrian Empress Sissi. She loved to take a stroll through the gardens, which extend at the castle in the form of a natural amphitheatre, during her stays in Merano.

Themed gardens, interactive experience stations and artists' pavilions invite you to discover the gardens, while the Touriseum awaits you on the premises of the castle, guiding you through the history of tourism in Merano and South Tyrol and providing you with interesting information.

Hiking the stages of the Merano High Trail

After you have explored the city well, you can go on a journey of discovery around Merano. From easy to difficult, numerous hikes through the varied nature await you, be it to an alpine pasture, a mountain or idyllic lakes.

A leisurely climb to the top and then start hiking from there? The numerous cable cars and chair lifts in the immediate vicinity of Merano make this an ideal option. For example, the Merano - Dorf Tirol chairlift takes you from the city centre to the idyllic village. From there you can take advantage of beautiful hiking trails back to Merano. If you want to go higher, you can also take the lift from Algund to the Merano High Altitude Trail.

A part of the Merano High Trail is also located on the Naturnser Sonnenberg, where you can walk through the popular 1000-step gorge. Stairs up, stairs down, stairs up, stairs down - leg muscles are definitely required. Around 1000 steps lead you through the picturesque landscape of rocks, forest slopes, gorges and valleys, while you enjoy the fascinating views of the Merano region and the South Tyrolean mountains.

Premium content Difficulty
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 3:10 h
Ascent 227 m
Descent 489 m

Hoch über Naturns schneiden felsige Bachgräben in die Südhänge der Texelgipfel Ziel- und Lahnbachspitze. Sie zu durchqueren, fordert die ...


In general, the individual stages of the Merano High-Altitude Trail are wonderful as day tours, as there are numerous options for ascent and descent that can be combined as desired.

The trail is one of the most beautiful multi-day circular hikes in the Alpine region and offers impressive views over almost 100 kilometres - divided into five to eight stages through the Texel Group Nature Park.

Surefootedness and a head for heights are required on the Vellau Rock Trail. A steep rock face awaits you, which gives the trail its name. The path runs above Merano along the rocky slopes and close to the abyss, but opens up wonderful views of the Adige Valley and Merano. Then the path leads you down to Vellau. From there, the trail leads back up to the Leiteralm pasture and then to the Hans Frieden rock path, which is also part of the Merano High Trail, to complete the tour.

Hiking along the Waalwege

Those who enjoy leisurely hiking tours are in the right place on the Waal trails in the Merano region, as they are mostly easy. Waale are artificial irrigation ditches that were created due to low rainfall in the region. To oversee them, a narrow path often runs along the irrigation channels.

Today, the Waalwege have developed into popular hiking trails that are particularly typical of the Merano region and the Vinschgau Valley. They are characterised by low gradients and grandiose distant views and can be walked all year round.

The municipality of Algund borders directly on Merano. There, for example, the Algunder Waalweg awaits you with beautiful views, colourful orchards and vineyards. With a length of 12 kilometres, the Marlinger Waalweg is the longest of all the Waalwege. From there you have a wonderful view of the Merano basin. Near Marlengo, part of the tour has even been designed as a hiking experience trail with information on flora and fauna. But there are many more irrigation channels to explore.

The circular hike to the Partschins waterfall on the high Lodner runs partly along the Partschins Waalweg. The waterfall is an impressive natural monument and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Alpine region. While the water masses flow down from a height of almost 100 metres, you can experience the power of the water up close from the viewing platform - a great experience for the whole family.
Hiking trail · Oetztal Alps
Rundwanderung am Partschinser Wasserfall
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9 km
Duration 3:31 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 600 m

Waalweg, Sagenweg mit spannenden prähistorische Zeugnissen und einer der beeindruckendsten Wasserfälle der Alpen - die abwechslungsreiche, 3 bis 4 ...

from Ralf Pechlaner,   alpenvereinaktiv.com


Algunder Waalweg - Tappeinerpromenade - Meran by F.
October 26, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 17, 2022
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
STI 12: Tappeinerweg - Tirol by Doris
August 20, 2022 · Community
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Schenna oberer Walweg by Thomas
August 15, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 15, 2022
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