The elegant residential area of the city of Merano is located on the road to the Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
One of the most elegant residential areas of Merano is called Maia Alta. This area is characterised by wonderful parks, elegant villas and castles and ever prosperous families chose this area for residence. Maia Alta extends close to the historic distric of Merano and this is where people meet to go shopping and have a cup of cappuccino. This area has already attracted aristocrats such as the Austrian Empress Elizabeth as well as the Earls of Tyrol. While the former spent her holidays in Trauttmansdorff Castle, the latter lodged in Castel Tirolo.
In the heart of the historic town, there are the mediaeval arcades, which the Earls of Tyrol let have built in the 13th century. This is arcades are one of the longest historic roads of South Tyrol and ends with the parish church S. Nicolò. Numerous bays and arcades line this impressive road and traditional shops and cosy taverns are located in this road, which ends at the parish church dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The 80 m high church tower and the huge Christophoros fresco on the exterior wall make this church a real jewel. Walking along the former “Postgasse” road you reach one of the city gates of Merano. From this place you can start a cosy walk along the mall of Merano, lined by architectonic jewels such as the Kurhaus, masterpiece in liberty style, or the Pavillion des Fleures.
Numerous residences in this area are located in the heart of nature, which makes it very charming. Castles such as Castel Pianzau, Castel Winkel, Castel Killenberg and Rubein confer to this area a noble touch. Very close there are the Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle as well as the San Valentino church situated in scenic location. However, there are also other renowned churches, as e.g. Saint George church.