Merano and South Tyrol

  • Starting location: Merano
  • Ending location: Merano
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Private roomFour-star accommodation

Surrounded by snowy peaks in South Tyrol, the pretty town of Merano (Meran) offers a fascinating blend of Italian and Tyrolean Austrian cultures. Sheltered by high mountains and surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, the landscape is Alpine but the climate Mediterranean.

Your base for this walking holiday is a charming 4 star family hotel, run by Hiltrud and her husband Patrick.  The hotel is located in the beautiful village of Tirolo on a hilltop just above Merano (Meran), which connected by a chair lift from the village of Tirolo to the old town of Merano, allowing you enjoy the the town's historic centre, designer shops and traditional boutiques.

The hotel is your base - traditional but with all modern amenities and nestled on top of a hill surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards.  Hearty breakfasts and 5 course traditional Tyrolean or Mediterranean evening meals are included in your stay, whilst the spa, traditional alpine treatments and swimming pool will ease away the aches and pains!

Four time a week there are guided walks hosted by Patrick or Luis the guide, along the 'Val Passiria' into the 'Texel Gruppe Mountains' or along the 84kms of the 'Meran Nature Herigate Trail'.  You may prefer to self guide, then they are on hand to brief, offer information, tips and advise on the best walks for that day based on your ability and weather conditions.

Merano is a delightful mix of Italian flair and Tyrolean hospitality and truly a wonderful area for all, and offers fantastic walking opportunities from strolling to trekking and discovering the Texelgruppe Nature Park and the Sarntal Alps.

Our suggested five day walking program is designed to fit into a week stay at this wonderful hotel, but it's just the tip of what's available in this area.  You can do as little or as much as you want depending on your energy levels and your length of stay.

What's included:

  • 6 nights half-board in standard double room (room up-grade availalbe)
  • breakfasts
  • 5 course evening meal (without wine)
  • use of swimming pools, spa facilities and gym
  • welcome drink (Monday)
  • 4 guided walks (mid-week)
  • Walking maps and inforamtion
  • free use of walking sticks, rucksack, water bottles
  • tourist card - discount on cable cars and chairs, access to cultural and historic sites and much more

What's excluded:

  • flights
  • transfer or car hire
  • holiday insurance
  • wine with meals
  • spa treatments
  • food and drink outside this hoiliday package
  • tourist tax - 1.30€ per person, per night (1.70€ in 2017)

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Hirzer Hill Walk

  • 6.4 km
  • 5 hours
  • 2781m with vertical climb 880m

View of the Dolomites from the highest point along the ‘Sarn Valley’ ridge. The Hirzer walk rewards hill walkers with magnificent views of the peaks of the Texel Gruppe.

The walk starts by taking the Hirzer funicular railway to Klammeben. From the mountain station it is a gently up a hill walk to a beautifully situated mountain hut. From here you follow the European Long-Distance Trail (E5) which rises gently, then later more steeply to the upper gorge at 2683 m. The final part is quite steep and stony but well maintained. Past the gorge into the Gebirgsjägersteig on the southern flank of the mountain, with a  zigzag to the summit.

You will experience a walk to a mountain summit with very little difficulty.

Day 2 - Passo dela Palade

  • 7.6km
  • 4.5 hours
  • 2433m with a vertical climb 910m

This is a relatively easy mountain walk from Passo delle Palade (Gampenpass) with beautiful landscapes and views between alpine passes.

The Monte Luco Grande (Laugenspitze) Peak is the ideal choice for a mountain hike that incorporates some not too challenging mountain climbing.

The start is the car park at Passo delle Palade (Gampenpass) Pass  at 1,518 m and follow the trail uphill to Laugensee Lake. Then turn left on Trail No. 10, which is a little rocky up to Monte Luco Grande Peak at 2,433 m for the most beautiful panoramic view. Follow Trail No. 10 back down to Laugenalm pastures at 1,853 m and continue down to the Passo delle Palade where you started.

Day 3 - Cima Matatz

  • 1.5 hours
  • 5 hours
  • 2172 with a vertical climb of 1070m

The Cima Matatz is a prominent peak in the eastern Texel mountains and part of  of the Gruppo di Tessa mountain range. It’s quite easy to scale and offers great views of the surroundings from the Zillertal Alps to the Monte Baldo, the Ortles mountains and the Brenta Dolomites.

It start at the small cluster of farms known as Christl at 1,132 m, following trails through hamlets and forests, up to the Waalerhütte on the Matatzwaal irrigation channel at about 1,550 m and continuing towards Kolbenspitze Peak.

Turn left at the fork up a grassy knoll (1,825 m below Kuntneralm), continue along towards  Hahnl at 1,999 m, and then the  final flat stretch, on the rocky north ridge (which is not too difficult) to the summit of Matatzspitze Peak  at 2,179 m.  This is about 3 to 3.5 hours from Christl.
The descent from Matatzspitze Peak is about 2 to 2.5 hours – and  recommended.  There are longer versions: 1. from the foot of the north ridge on the west side back to Christl OR  2. from the summit on the east side which is  very steep.  Both routes are about 1.5 hours longer back to Christl farms.

Day 4 - Obisell Mountain Lake

  • 10.2k m
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 780 with a vertical climb 2158m

This circular hike will take you to the Obisell Mountain Lake, which is at 2,000 m in the outer Val Passiria.
It starts from the parking lot of Oberöberst Tavern, above Vernuer, at 1,387 m, through the forest on a wide nearly flat trail into the steep Saltauser Valley.

Along this mountain trail up to the Unteren (Lower) Obisellalm alpine farm 2,002 m, there are places that exposed, steep and sometimes rocky, so there are safety railings along the way.

Continue up to Obisellsee Lake and the Obere (Upper) Obisellalm alpine farm at 2,160 m.  Here you will be rewarded with views and food which is usually available until late autumn; it’s only 2.5 hours from the parking lot and your starting point.

Day 5 - The Lake at Seeber See

  • 7.8 km
  • 3.3 hrs
  • 2147m vertical climb 340m

This walk is through the pastures and meadows of the Val Passiria to a beautiful calm lake with a wild summit!

Stop at an alpine summer house for a drink and something to eat before continuing up to the lake at 2,059 m (only 2 hours from your starting point).
The return walk is approx one-hour along and flat to another alpine hut at Malga Oberglanegg (2,062 m) where you can stop for a drink and something to eat before going down.


Important information

This is a suggested five day walking holiday and designed to fit a 6 (six) night stay in this wonderful hotel. This holiday includes 3 guided walks, which will be confirmed when you arrive.  There are so many more other wonderful walks and hikes  available from the hotel for you to choose from depending you ability and energy levels.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

These are the dates available where you will travel by yourselves. These holidays are much more flexible in when you can arrange to stay. Pick the month you would like to arrive, then in the enquiry form tell us what your preferred arrival date would be.

Arrival date
15 March to 14 July
15 July to 4 November

This walking holiday is priced as self-guided, although 3 guided walks (mid-week) are included in the price, which is based on two people sharing a double room.

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Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.


You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.


You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.


All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.


No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.


No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.


Terrain with no noticable incline.


The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.


Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.


Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.


Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.


Depending on your holiday, you may be staying in one type of accommodation or you may stay in many as you travel. For each holiday we list the standard accommodation included in the holiday.

There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

Financial Protection

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