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Merano spring

20 March – 03 June 2018
Location: Merano and surrounding area

A festival that encompasses different initiatives to enhance and creatively use the green spaces of Merano. As part of the “Merano Spring“, amongst other things, themed pathways will be formed and events implemented with the focus on "Art and Nature“. A supporting programme, rich in variety, will round off the event.

Information: www.meran.eu

South Tyrol balance

April - June
Location: Merano and surrounding area

Step out for a time and find your own happy medium. Unwind, feel at ease and enjoy time for yourself: South Tyrol Balance is a proposal for all, who, during the spring months of April to June, wish to do something for their vitality and zest for life. In the Merano region the localities of Merano, Lagundo, Marlengo, Scena, the Passiria Valley, Lana and surroundings, Parcines, Naturno, the Senales Valley, Nalles, Avelengo-Verano-Merano 2000 (skiing and hiking area), the Ultimo Valley and Tesimo-Prissiano offer selected adventures and experiences appropriate to these themes.

Information: www.suedtirol.info/balance

Blossom festival days in Lana

02 – 15 April 2018
Location: Lana
One of the highlights of the blossom festival days is the rural pleasure mile in the middle of the historic village centre of Lana. Approximately 30 farmers stalls and four gastronomy stalls await you with their own healthy products that are labelled with the "Roter Hahn“ seal of quality and are presented by the producers themselves.

Information: Lana Tourism Association, Tel. +39 0473 561 770, www.lana.info

Lagundo flower and plant market

25 – 29 April 2018 
Location: Lagundo / Algund

A large diversity of plants and flowers as well as an array of other appealing products from the northern Italian region await selection by the visitor. The range on offer includes the most diverse Mediterranean plants. In addition, different varieties of fruit and berry species, among them many old varieties, and a large selection of different types of roses, balcony flowers, vegetable plants and herbs are offered.

Information: Lagundo / Algund Tourism Association, Tel. +39 0473 448 600, www.algund.info


Asfaltart 2018 (street artists festival)

08 – 10 June 2018
Location: Merano

The 12th International Street Artists Festival. Children and adults alike delight in the colourful programme of the International Street Artist Festival "Asfaltart“. Clowns, puppet show performers, trapeze artists, jugglers, pantomime acts and acrobats can all be gazed at in amazement during the festival.

Information: Kurverwaltung Meran, Tel. +39 0473 272 000, www.asfaltart.it & www.meran.eu


Traditional Mountain Fire - Celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

10 June
Location: South Tyrol

The ancient custom of lighting fires for the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebration has taken place in South Tyrol since 1796. It dates back to the time of the midsummer festival celebrations and underwent a patriotic reinterpretation in the Tyrolean freedom wars (1796 – 1809). The fires are set alight all along the mountain ridges and on the slopes until late into the night.

Information: South Tyrol Tourism Information, Tel. +39 0471 999 999, www.suedtirol.info


36th South Tyrol Jazz Festival

29 June – 08 July 2018
Location: Merano

Renowned jazz musicians from South Tyrol and the most diverse of countries appear in unique settings and enthral with unbridled playing joy; for example at the Kallmünz Castle in Merano or at the Fahlburg Castle in Prissiano – Tesimo.

Information: Kurverwaltung Meran, Tel. +39 0473 272 000, www.suedtiroljazzfestival.com


Long Thursday in Lana

28 June – 23 August 2018
Location: Lana

June to August is the time of the “Long Thursday“ in the centre of Lana. These evenings have enjoyed enormous popularity for years, allowing for an exuberant atmosphere in the hot summer evenings with an entertainment programme rich in variety.


Merano town festival

10 – 12 August 2018
Location: Merano

Abundant gastronomy, music and entertainment in the centre of Merano, organised by the tradition-rich societies of Merano. Whoever wishes to truly experience Merano should not miss the 2018 town festival.

Information: facebook.com/MeranerStadtfest/

Merano autumn

Beginning of September to the middle of November 2018
Location: Merano and surrounding area

The Merano autumn is fittingly celebrated in all its colourful splendour. The events are just as colourful as the spa town and its surrounding areas. The focal point of the events are all the pleasures of the grape harvest and fruit harvest as well as folklore and tradition. Selected businesses in Merano and the surrounding areas offer typical autumn dishes and regional products.

Information: www.merano-suedtirol.it/meranerherbst

Grape festival

19 – 21 October 2018
Location: Merano

The Merano grape festival is a harvest festival, extremely rich in tradition, whose highlight every year is the great festival procession of various bands and magnificently decorated floats through the town centre.

Information: Kurverwaltung Meran, Tel. +39 0473 272 000, www.meran.eu

"Keschtnriggl" chestnut days festival

Location: Foiana / Völlan, Tesimo / Tisens
During these days, the visitor will gain an insight into the culture and traditions of this region and learn interesting facts about sweet chestnuts and their importance to the area.
Selected restaurants will spoil you with traditional and modern chestnut dishes, ensuring culinary surprises.

Information: www.keschtnriggl.it/programm.html

Merano wine festival

09 – 13 November 2018
Location: Merano

This is one of the most exclusive and elegant wine and food events ever: Wine producers from Italy but also from all over the world present their top products at the "Merano Wine Festival“. Organic and bio-dynamically produced wines also form a focal point of the festival.

Information: Kurverwaltung Meran, Tel. +39 0473 272 000, www.meranowinefestival.com

Christmas in Merano

29 November 2018 – 06 January 2019
Location: Merano

The Merano Christmas Market is surrounded by the magic of Christmas time. An extensive supporting programme of music, children’s entertainment, living customs and handicraft provides variation every day. Oversized, multicoloured and comfortably equipped "Thermal Balls“ surprise the visitors at the elegant thermal square.

Information: Kurverwaltung Meran, Tel. +39 0473 272 000, www.meran.eu

"Sterntaler" Christmas Market in Lana

Location: Foiana / Völlan, town hall square – pedestrian zone

The traditional and atmospheric Christmas Market in the centre of Lana invites you to marvel, stroll and savour. On festively decorated stalls, you will find craftsmanship exclusively from South Tyrol, as well as delicious delicacies and specialities from South Tyrol

Information: www.lana.info


01. - 06. January
"Genius people are rarely orderly,
orderly rarely genius."
Albert Einstein
Plan / Pfelders A small village in the Hinterpasseier (Passiria Valley)

The idyllic mountain village of Plan (1,622 m), at the end of the Passiria Valley, in the midst of the largest nature park in South Tyrol, the Texel Group, and directly at the foot of the Hohe Wilde (Ötztal Alps - 3,482 m) is full of mysteries and natural beauty.

Plan counts, undoubtedly, amongst the most guaranteed snow and idyllic skiing regions in South Tyrol. Benefitting from the central location on the main Alpine ridge, both the low pressure areas of the south and the north bring abundant snow into the small side valleys of the Passiria region. Therefore, not only skiers, winter hikers and tobogganists, but also free riders and ski tourers get their money’s worth.

07. - 13. January
From the bottom of my soul, my nostrils start to tremble, a giant hunger starts to emerge, for breakfast and for life“. Joachim Ringelnatz
South Tyrolean hard flat bread (Schüttelbrot)


250 g     rye flour

250 ml   water

20 g       yeast

Dissolve the yeast in warm water and stir into a soft dough with the rye flour; leave to stand for one hour at approximately 30°C.


500 g      rye flour

250 g      wheat flour

850 ml    water 30°C

20 g        yeast

20 g        salt

5 g          fennel seeds

5 g          caraway

alternatively 5 g        fenugreek / trigonella


Mix the yeast sponge and all other ingredients and leave to stand for approximately 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, break up 150 g pieces of dough, place on lightly floured cloths and leave to stand for 10 minutes at approximately 85% air humidity. The kneading of the dough pieces requires a particular skill: Place the dough on a pizza sized board and knead it by twisting it in a circular fashion so that the piece of dough becomes thin and spread wide. Bake thoroughly at 210-220°C (upper and lower heat) for approximately 30 minutes.

Tip: The portions of dough can also be left to stand for longer, but then the kneading“ should only be for a lesser period of time.

14. - 20. January
“One recognises a truly good idea by the fact that its implementation appears impossible from the start“. Albert Einstein
Glacier cave in the Senales Valley / Schnalstal

Glaciers in South Tyrol form a fascinating natural space. At the end of the Senales Valley, at the border between Austria and Italy, the Hochjochferner emerges. The glacier extends across a surface area of more than 185 hectares.
The glacier cable car has contributed significantly to the economic development of the Senales Valley. Today, the Senales Valley is a tourist destination, where culture and nature are, to a large extent, preserved.

This image arose at the lower end of the glacier, where with time a large glacier cave opened up which is ideally suited for jumping over.

21. - 27. January
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Bletterbach gorge

The cold months in South Tyrol offer not only ideal conditions for skiers and snowshoe hikers, but also for ice climbers, who equally get their money’s worth. Of course, during this period, waterways are transformed into frozen ice towers, which are renowned far beyond the Italian border.

The image shows two ice climbers in the Bletterbach GeoParc near Bolzano which is, in summer, a popular and rewarding excursion destination for young and old alike.

28. January - 03. February
“I can resist everything, except temptation." Oscar Wilde
Herb vinaigrette


100 g             onion

40 g               mustard

4                    egg yolks

10 g               sugar

40 ml             lemon juice

200 ml           vinegar

150 ml           clear vegetable broth

500 ml           sunflower oil

1/2 bunch      of parsley, chive, basil, dill, Cayenne pepper, white pepper, salt


100 g             onion

40 g               mustard

4                    egg yolks

10 g               sugar

40 ml             lemon juice

200 ml           vinegar

150 ml           clear vegetable broth

500 ml           sunflower oil

1/2 bunch      of chopped parsley, Cayenne pepper, white pepper, salt

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07.01 - 13.01.19
14.01 - 20.01.19
21.01 - 27.01.19
28.01 - 03.02.19