Gilf Promenade

The Gilf Promenade leads from the Gilf gorge at the Passirio river to Castel San Zeno and the Torre delle Polveri tower.

In 1880 the physician Hans Prünster started establishing the Gilf Promenade (Gilfpromenade), which bears the name of the Gilf gorge, the canyon of the Passirio river between Monte San Zeno and Maia Alta. It is the sunny location at the rocky hillside of Monte San Zeno enabling sub tropic plants to grow at the foot of the Gruppo di Tessa, a mountain range which belongs to the Oetztal Alps.

The establishment of the 1 km long Gilf Promenade required several blasting operations, and high walls had to be constructed. The promenade snakes up to Castel San Zeno and further on to the Torre delle Polveri tower (Pulverturm, lit. translated Powder Tower), a great course with a view on the centre of Merano, on Maia Alta and the savage floods of the Passirio river. At the end you reach the tower, where you can continue your walk along the Tappeiner Promenade.

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