Suggested daytrips

Bolzano Fruit Market

Bolzano Fruit Market The small marketplace is one of the most Mediterranean spots in Bolzano. You will find a huge array of fresh, local produce. On summer days it is scented with fresh herbs and fruit. In autumn, chestnuts are for sale everywhere and in winter you can warm yourself from inside out with a good cup of mulled wine. Bolzano’s fruit market is a place to enjoy and a feast for the senses.

Walther Square Bolzano

Every year, the historic old town at the heart of Bolzano is transformed with a touch of Christmas magic. The city’s most beautiful Christmas market is held around Walther Square. Every third weekend in May, the piazza plays host to the South Tyrolean Speck Consortium for the Speck Festival, which celebrates the famous cured bacon of South Tyrol along with many other local and Alpine traditions. If you like bacon, you’ll feel right at home! 

Ötzi Museum in Bolzano

Ötzi the Iceman was transferred in 1998 from the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Innsbruck to the newly-built South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bolzano. It is specifically designed to preserve this world-famous relic for posterity. Take the short trip into Bolzano and marvel at what is probably the most breathtaking discovery of the last 20 years. 

Swimming at Lake Caldaro

It’s just 30 kilometres from Bolzano to Lake Caldaro and a trip well worth making because you can swim in the lake even in spring. It is the largest natural bathing lake in South Tyrol and, because it is only 4 metres deep, the warmest of all Alpine lakes. Swimming is possible from early May to September. At the lake you can also hire rowing boats, pedalos and surfboards, and even try your hand at windsurfing. It’s a great place for sailing because between March and September you can count on the ora – a fresh south wind that blows up the valley from Lake Garda punctually at 1pm.  

Merano

Hotel Eberle is about 45 minutes from the spa town of Merano and its many delights. Stroll along the Passer promenade, admire the splendid floral displays, or follow in Sissi’s footsteps along the Kurpromenade. Merano’s huge complex of thermal baths, opened in 2005, offers everything your heart could desire with its 25 pools, a range of saunas and the latest in fitness rooms. The snow room is a particular highlight – here you can cool down after a sauna as snow gently trickles from the roof. 

Tirol Castle

The beautiful village of Dorf Tirol lies a good 50 kilometres from Bolzano and overlooks the town of Merano. The village itself is worth seeing and its castle even more so. Tirol Castle near Merano was the seat of the Counts of Tyrol and the cradle of the region. The frescos in the castle chapel are particularly interesting in art historical terms, as is the magnificent Romanesque doorway with splendid marble sculptural figures. Today the castle houses die South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History. Right next to the castle is a falconry and hospital for birds of prey – very popular with children.

Excursion to Malcesine

Don’t miss out on a daytrip to Lake Garda. In an hour and a half you can be in the idyllic village of Malcesine. Take the motorway to Torbole on Lake Garda (towards Rovereto - Mori - S. Giovanni Pass) and continue down the eastern shore to Malcesine. There’s plenty of time for a stroll along the lakefront and through picturesque alleyways to Castello Scaligero, or to take a trip on the famous cable car to the Monte Baldo mountain station at 1,743m. Here there are spectacular views of the whole Lake. If you prefer, you can also take a boat trip from Malcesine to Limone and on to Torbole and Riva.

The Gardens of Trauttmannsdorff Castle

The stunning gardens at Trauttmannsdorff Castle are open from 1 April to 15 November and lie idyllically on the edge of Merano. There are 80 different garden landscapes spread over more than 12 hectares. The botanical gardens are a real highlight of the castle complex, but don’t miss out on the chance to visit the castle itself – beautifully restored and featuring a permanent exhibition on tourism in the Tyrol and South Tyrol. It is about 45 minutes from Hotel Eberle to Merano.

Etschtal Cycle Way

It is 70 kilometres from Bolzano to Trento along the Etschtal cycle path – a really interesting, easy ride along a causeway beside the river Etsch. This beautiful stretch offers mountain panoramas, green landscapes and gently flowing water. There is an excellent network of cycle paths throughout the region. You can ride on well-maintained, traffic-free cycle ways almost all the way from the Reschen Pass to Lake Garda and on to just a few kilometres outside Verona.  

Messner Mountain Museum (MMM)

The MMM is a museum project by Reinhold Messner. It consists of museums at five different sites: the MMM centre at Firmian and the satellite museums of MMM Juval, MMM Dolomites, MMM Ortles and MMM Ripa. There is a network of trails linking the centre and the satellites and impressions gained on the road are also part of the museum. The project is run from a hub at Sigmundskron Castle in Bolzano, not far from the Hotel Eberle. Here you will find the administration and facilities for events including a 200-seat theatre in the rocks. The MMM Firmian is housed in modern buildings on a 1,100 m2 site, intended to work in harmony with the castle’s historic appearance. It takes as its theme the history and art of mountaineering. Messner aims to cast light on the mountain and the people who live in the mountains.

South Tyrolean Museum of Fruit Growing in Lana

It takes 28 minutes to reach one of the oldest fruit growing communities in South Tyrol from the Hotel Eberle – Lana near Merano. The Museum of Fruit Growing, opened in 1990, is housed in Larchgut manor in Lana and extends over 2000m². It offers a comprehensive history of the development and current situation of fruit growing in South Tyrol and Lana in particular.