Culture break in South Tyrol: highlights in Scena and environs

If you like culture, you will love Merano/Meran and environs. Already Empress Sisi loved the spa town, spending a great deal of time in this little Mediterranean nature paradise. Explore the many attractions right outside our hotel and set out on the discovery of Scena/Schenna’s and Merano/Meran’s cultural heritage!

If you like culture, you will love Merano/Meran and environs. Already Empress Sisi loved the spa town, spending a great deal of time in this little Mediterranean nature paradise. Explore the many attractions right outside our hotel and set out on the discovery of Scena/Schenna’s and Merano/Meran’s cultural heritage!

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Scena Castle

One of the major cultural attractions in Scena/Schenna is Scena Castle. The mighty fort was built in 1350 by order of Petermann of Scena/Schenna. The moat is partly still visible today. You reach the castle’s entrance gate with its impressive dungeon via a bridge. In the grand courtyard you find an open stairway leading to the chambers. Experience the picturesque castle during a guided tour and discover the historic halls and stately rooms with painting- and portrait gallery, weapon collection and many objects of historic interest. 

Mausoleum in Scena

Another historic site in Scena/Schenna, not far from your holiday home, is the local mausoleum. The stately sight was planned by a Viennese architect for Archduke Johann in the years 1860 to 1869. It was the Archduke’s special wish to be buried in Tyrol. Also his family was brought to Scena/Schenna: his wife Anna Plochl from Alt Aussee, his son Franz Count of Merano/Meran and daughter-in-law Theresia Countess of Lamberg. The neo-Gothic building is built from red sandstone, the crypt from granite. The upper part of the mausoleum houses the St John’s Chapel; below you find the tomb with sarcophagi made from white marble.  

Schloss Tirol

Today the former ancestral castle of the Counts of Tyrol offers the site for the South Tyrolean museum of history and culture with an extensive collection of historic artefacts. Another highlight in the castle is the bird care centre – with daily flight shows.

Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Trauttmansdorff Castle is home to the Touriseum, South Tyrol’s only museum of tourism. The magical gardens all around offer a great diversity of plants from all over the world and are a worth-while destination for hobby botanists of all ages.

Merano Thermal Baths

Right in the heart of the spa town Merano/Meran, surrounded by a Mediterranean park, you find the impressive glass cube with the thermal baths, designed by star architect Matteo Thun. On about 52,000 m² you find an oasis of peace with spa oasis, pools, fitness centre, medical spa and bistro. If you wish to visit both, the Thermal Baths and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, get in touch with the front desk staff of our 4-star Hotel Eschenlohe in Scena/Schenna and enquire about the combination card Gardens & Thermal Baths! 

Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum

About 5,000 years ago a man climbed into the icy depths of the Senales glacier and was never seen thereafter. Until 1991, when he was found as if by chance, together with his clothes and gear, mummified, frozen – an archaeological sensation from the Copper Age. Today the mummy is the highlight of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

Messner Mountain Museum

The Messner Mountain Museums are centred on the most characteristic element of the local landscape: the mountains. The altogether six Messner Mountain Museums were conceptualised by the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner. The museums illustrate the interaction of humans and mountains. The closest Messner Mountain Museum is located in Juval Castle in Castelbello/Kastelbell or in Sigmundskron Castle in Firmiano/Firmian.

Andreas Hofer Museum

This museum is located in San Leonardo in Passiria/St. Leonhard im Passeier, about 25 km from the spa town Merano/Meran. Here, in the “Sandwirt”, the birth house of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer, you find an impressive museum with an extensive collection of artefacts, illustrating the farming tradition of Val Passiria/Passeiertal and the history of South Tyrol during the times of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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