Hiking: Merano/Meran and the surroundings for unforgettable experiences
Hiking in Merano/Meran and environs is, first and foremost about being at one with nature: breathing in the fresh air, walking barefoot across green pastures, smelling the scent of fresh hay and taking in the magnificent views from a mountain top. The hiking area of the municipality of Scena/Schenna, near Merano/Meran, stretches over 224 km – plus another 300 km of marked trails in the hiking areas of Merano 2000/Meran 2000 and Avelengo/Hafling. This high-altitude hiking paradise can be reached by means of 5 cable cars and 2 chairlifts.
Hiking around Merano/Meran is also about experiencing and enjoying variety – from romantic walks along the promenades to leisurely hikes through mountain pastures, high-mountain routes and climbing tours, there is something to suit every taste.
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Hiking routes in Merano/Meran and environs
Hiking in Merano/Meran and Scena/Schenna is probably the easiest way to enhance your holiday in Merano/Meran and environs with the jaw-dropping beauty of South Tyrol’s nature. A hiking tour around Merano/Meran will enable you to fully enjoy these spectacular scenarios – stand by to be amazed!
The “Waalweg” in Scena/Schenna
The “Waalweg” in Scena/Schenna is one of the most beautiful and unchallenging hikes one can find in the Merano/Meran area. The starting point is in the nearby village of Verdines/Verdins, at the entrance to the Val Passiria/Passeiertal. From the centre of the village, go towards Montescena/Schennaberg, walk past the valley station of the Taser Alm, and you will finally reach the Waalweg, which leads from Verdines/Verdins to the Val di Nova. To return to Verdines/Verdins, take the road that negotiates past the station of the Ilfinger cable car. This ca. 2-hour hike near Merano/Meran is perfect for families and hikers in search of a leisurely route.
Alpine excursion at the foot of the Hirzer
Another wonderful hiking route near Merano/Meran: the Alpine excursion at the foot of the Hirzer. The Hirzer lift facilities to the starting point in Klammeben are a 15 minute drive from our hotels in Scena/Schenna Breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the warm sun rays while taking in the unique panorama! The path leads past the Klammeben Inn, the Hinteregg and the Gompm Alm alpine pastures, then goes downhill towards the central station. This hike takes about two hours.
A tasty break – the huts in Merano/Meran and environs
If you go hiking in the Merano/Meran area, a “pit stop” in one of the traditional inns or mountain huts is definitely worth your while. You will be able to enjoy all sorts of regional delicacies, with a side of good company, traditional music and good spirits. Up there on the mountain pastures, everything tastes better – from savoury snacks to apple strudel!
Cycling in Merano/Meran and environs
Along with the hiking routes, the Merano/Meran area also offers a well-developed cycling network for families, leisure cyclists and demanding professionals. Also racing cyclists and mountain bikers will find the challenges they are looking for!
There by train, back by bike
Thanks to the local railway service, cyclists can transport their bikes by train from Merano/Meran to Malles/Mals, in the Venosta/Vinschgau valley. If you are not taking your bike with you, you can rent one directly at the railway station. Then you can cycle your way back to Merano/Meran negotiating the Val d’Adige cycling track running along the ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta.
Our cycling tip: Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch
The home mountain of Lana, the Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch, is among the most popular attractions (and not just among hikers) in the Merano/Meran area. This mountain scores high with cycling enthusiasts mainly because it is car-free. If you are traveling with your family, you can enjoy the Alpine bike trails winding up and down the mountain, whereas MTB pros can tackle the more demanding routes with their 2,000 m drop, and then enjoy the long, panoramic descents.