Unforgettable moments on the sun-kissed Tschögglberg!!
The small village of Verano in the Merano countryside lies at an altitude of 1200 meters southside on the Tschögglberg, a mountain ridge between Merano and Bolzano. The climate is very mild from spring to late autumn and invites you to relaxed walks and hikes. Sunworshippers will love it in Verano in South Tyrol: on the shortest days of the year the sun shines here until 4 pm, while down in Adige Valley it has dawn long before!
The sunny Tschögglberg plateau offers a variety of hiking possibilities; on foot, on horseback of a lovely Haflinger or on your mountain bike. On well signed paths and hiking trails you can reach alpine pastures, cultic hills and fascinating larch forests. The nature here on the sun-drenched Tschögglberg is always captivating with magnificent views over the surrounding valleys and mountains!
During spring time the “Salten” invites you to hike and ride by horse on its crocus covered meadows and larch forests. More there is a new adventure trail for families and Haflinger horse fans that tells the story of Haflinger horse along 10 different stages in the nearby village of Avelengo. Worth a visit!
In summer cultic hills as the “Stoanernen Mandlen” (men of stones) and the famous “Knottnkino” (rock cinema) attract visitors and offer unforgettable experiences close to nature.
An extensive network of paths offers many hikes to alpine pastures and mountain restaurants. The long moutai trail E5 is optimal for mountaineers and crosses wonderful places like the lake of “Kratzberg” or the peak of “Ifinger”.
Here in the sunny Verano we celebrate our saint of the village every last sunday of July, the “Aschler Kirchtag”: an authentic folk fest with local food, brass music and a small parade.
The traditional “Stadelefest” (along the old barns leading to Vöraner Alm”) takes place on the last sunday in August. A variety of local specialities are served here and many activities entertain you: pony riding, jumping in the fresh mown hay, children make-up and lots more. Ideal for families with small kids!
In autumn the forests transform into colourful wellness oases: the scent of damp forest soil, the soft moss soils, the rustling of leaves have a peaceful effect on body and soul!
Local restaurants invite to the traditional “Törggelen” party: hearty meat specialities, “Knödel” dumplings, fresh “Sauerkraut”, the season s new wine- fermented grape juice and sweet roasted chestnuts!
For all running and nordic uphill fans, the legendary nordic uphill competition from Postal to Verano takes place beginninng of November!
During winter you will find action and snow fun on the well- equiped Merano 2000 Ski Area, just 15 minutes by car from the Spitalerhof! It is open from December to end of March.
Traced hiking trails and snowshoe hikes await you!
And finally you should not miss the lovely christmas markets in Merano and Bolzano with a large variety of handicraft items, sweets and music!
South Tyrol, land full of history and living culture
Due to our advantaged position in the Merano environs there are many possibilities of excursions to the nearby towns and attractions. You can easily reach the village of Postal down the Adige Valley in just 5 minutes by modern cable car or by car on the SP98 road direction Avelengo to Merano or direction Meltina to Terlano- to every season well passable.
A must on your holiday is the fashionable spa town of Merano with its mediterrean climate and palm trees, its historical buildings as the medieval “Lauben” arcades and the Merano Thermal Baths and fast but not least the enchanting botanical gardens of Trautmannsdorf Castle.
And our insider tip just for you: the three days lasting street artists festival “asfaltart” in June!
Also worth a visit is shurely the capital town of South Tyrol Bolzano, only 25 km far from the Spitalerhof, where theatre and modern art are at home, besides to the Iceman Ötzi and the Messener Mountain Museum on Sigmundskron Castle.
If you want to discover Ötzis habitat much closer, you should not miss the Archeoparc i Val Senales! Great experience fro young and old!
For those who look for a wet cooling off in summer, the Merano environs and southern South Tyrol offer plenty of destinations: whether the natural swimming pool of Gargazzone, swimmming pools in Merano, Lana, Naturno, Terlano or the wonderful lakes of “Kaltern” and “Montiggl”!
So what are you waiting for?