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The perfect hotel for hiking in Merano

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At Hotel Pienzenau am Schlosspark your holiday in Merano will be transformed into an unforgettable experience! Located at the centre of the beautiful, sunny Etsch valley, this spa town in Passer has the advantage of a Mediterranean climate. Ideal for getting your holiday off to a good start out there in the fresh air! We have a range of recommendations for hiking in Merano: personal insider tips and further information is available at reception – we can’t wait to give you the best advice possible for your stay in Merano!

Merano Italy hiking:

Merano and the surrounding areas a real Mecca for hiking enthusiasts. From our very hotel door you can take easily manageable walks and challenging mountain hikes – you will find there is something for everyone. The hiking maps around Merano can also be downloaded via an App!

You can also take part in guided walks with our colleagues Sabrina and Rosi. The dedicated bus service for these walks departs from the hotel entrance.

Here are a few suggestions for hiking in Merano:

Merano and its Walks

For those who like a comfortable walk, the promenade town of Merano will be perfect: the city has fantastic parks and gardens and enchanting promenades and footpaths, all of which are home to a fascinating, exotic world of Mediterranean flora and fauna. The Tappeiner Promenade is an absolute must, the Passer Promenade, the Summer and Winter Promenade, the Gilf Promenade and the Sissi Pathway.

Irrigation Channels

These ancient water systems, that once brought water to the sunny slopes of the Etsch Valley, are now walking routes. A little higher up, the well maintained irrigation channels of Merano lead through orchards, meadows and woodland. The best known of these is the Marlinger Irrigation Channel, and on our hotel doorstep you will find the Maiser Irrigation Channel. But the Algunder, Verdinser and Kuenser Irrigation Channels are all popular excursions.

From Point to Point

The gentle highlands around Merano provide a wealth of gentle hikes in beautiful scenery and the opportunity to stop a while is pretty little inns and traditional barns along the way. A few points to aim for: Vellau, the Leiteralm, Steinegg, the Muthöfe, the Tyrolean Cross, Labers, Castle Fragsburg, Katzenstein and much, much more!


For well-practised hikers and ramblers the mountain environment of the Texelgruppe Nature Park above Merano is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. This fascinating mountain area offers many circular walking routes, as well as thrilling summit tours with unforgettable panoramic views of the peaks of the Dolomites. Highly recommended: the Meraner Ridgeway and the Spronser Lakes.

Between mountains and lakes there are many other sights to tempt you to the higher ground: the Hirzer, the Mutspitze, the great Rötelspitze, the Spronser valley with its lakes, the Tschigat, the Lazinser Rötelspitze, the Lodner, the Hohe Weiße, the Schwarzkopf, the Zielspitze to name just a few.

Further Hiking Recommendations

Naiftal - Fragsburg - Katzenstein
The starting point for this walk is Naiftal, a stop on the City Bus Line 1. Heading right over the Naifbach and then right again up the mountain, this hike will take you through the middle slopes of the mountain. A particularly beautiful walk in Spring and Autumn.

Trip to the Vigiljoch
From Lana take the cable car up the Vigiljoch in the direction of Kirchlein St. Vigil. Continue on to Hotel Seespitz by the "Black Lake" ("Schwarzen Lacke") and take footpath no. 10 alongside the lake. Footpath no. 7 will take you back to the cable car station. A comfortable and relatively easy walk from early summer through to late Autumn.

Ultental - St. Nikolaus - St. Gertraud - Urlärchen
Go up to the church in St. Nikolaus, then take a left along footpath no. 3 in the direction of St. Gertraud. At the end of the footpath take another left in the direction of St. Gertraud. In front of Gasthof Edelweiß take a right over the wooden bridge, a left at the edge of the stream towards Urlärchen and take footpath no. 3 and then no. 8 back to St. Nikolaus. Get to know this impressive nature reserve!

Mittager – Merano 2000
The Ifinger cable car takes you up to Meran 2000, where you can take footpath no. 3 to Missensteinjoch, turning left onto footpath no. 13 to Kesselberghütte, and further along footpath no. 13 bear right past a steep slope heading to "Kesselbergscharte zum Sattel" between the Great and the Small Mittager Mountains. Turn left onto the Great Mittager and head back along footpath no. 13 above the tree line!

Dorf Tirol - Hochganghaus - Vellau - Dorf Tirol
From the Tyrolean Cross: go up on footpath no. 23 to "Gasthaus Talbauer" one of the Muthöfen mountain refuges. Variation: take the Hochmut cable car to Gasthof Steinegg, along Hans Frieden footpath no. 24 to the Leiteralm, and further along on the right take footpath no. 24 to Hochganghaus. Go up to footpath no. 7/26 in the direction of Oberplatzer-Vellau, turning left at the crossroads to Vellau-Partschins along footpath no. 26 "the Gamplweg". Superb panoramic footpath with a number of exposed lookout points along the way.

Aschbach - Naturnser Alm - Vigiljoch - Aschbach
From Rabland take the cable car to Aschbach, then take the footpath no. 27 in the direction of Naturnser Alm. Many routes take you along the forest path, then take the forest path to Naturnser Alm and footpath no. 30 in the direction of Vigiljoch. At the fork take the left onto footpath no. 9 to the crossroads by St. Vigil Kirchlein. Before the crossroads turn left onto the forest path in the direction of Aschbach where the cable car departs.
Through the middle slopes up to the high pastures of the Alm...

For even more hiking enjoyment you can contact the Meraner Mountain Climbing Centre, that organises guided hikes www.bergsteigerschule.com

With all kinds of walking and hiking it's really important that you are well-equipped. Make sure you have good strong walking shoes that support the ankles, protection against wind and bad weather with some kind of hood, sun protection, good maps, provisions and a good awareness of your own level of ability. That way you can really enjoy your hiking experience!

Nordic Walking

In the area you will find four trails, 26 km in length (with a 120m difference in elevation) each with a different level of difficulty. Along the many irrigation channels in the Merano area you can also put your walking sticks to good use – above all on the popular Marlinger Irrigation Channel, that extends over 12 km and leads to the town of Lana.

You can borrow Nordic Walking Sticks free of charge from our reception.

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