The fascinating sights in Schenna

Castles, museums, thermal baths, and more

Culture holidaymakers in South Tyrol are in the right place in Meran and Environs. Empress Sissi already loved the spa town of Meran and spent a lot of time in this fantastic area.

Schenna Hotels in Meran and Environs are the ideal starting point for a wide range of leisure activities. Experience the special flair of a horse race at the Meran racecourse, probably the most beautiful in Europe. Admire timelessly beautiful classic cars at the Südtirol Classic, the classic car rally on South Tyrol’s most beautiful panoramic roads. Discover the nearby Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site on scenic hikes and MTB tours. Take a day trip to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, and relax on the picturesque shore. Or visit the world-famous lagoon city of Venice, just three hours’ drive from Schenna Hotels near Meran.

The sights in Schenna and its surroundings have always fascinated visitors from all over the world. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we have summarised the most beautiful sights in Schenna and its surroundings for you here!

Schenna Castle

There are plenty of sights in Schenna for culture holidaymakers. One of them is the Schenna Castle. The mighty building was erected in 1350 on behalf of Petermann from Schenna. The moat is still partly visible today. Over a bridge, you reach the entrance gate of the castle with the impressive castle dungeon. An open staircase leads from the stately inner courtyard to the castle chambers. Experience the picturesque castle with a guided tour and discover the historical halls and stately rooms including painting and portrait gallery, weapons collection, and numerous art historical objects.

Mausoleum in Schenna

The Mausoleum is a historically significant sight in Schenna. It was built according to the plans of a Viennese architect between 1860 and 1869 for Archduke Johann. This fulfilled his wish to be buried in Tyrol. His family was also transferred to Schenna: his wife Anna Plochl from Alt Aussee, his son Franz, count of Meran, and his wife Theresia, countess of Lamberg. The neo-Gothic building is made of red sandstone, the crypt of granite. In the upper part of the mausoleum there is the chapel of St. John, below the tomb with the white marble sarcophagi.

Castle Tyrol

The former ancestral castle of the counts of Tyrol now houses the South Tyrolean Cultural History Museum with an extensive historically significant collection. A further highlight for cultural holidaymakers in this South Tyrolean jewel is the “Gufyland” Bird Care Centre with daily flight demonstrations.

Therme Meran

In the heart of the spa town of Meran, in the middle of a Mediterranean park landscape, is the stylish cube of the Therme Meran, designed by star architect Matteo Thun. In the 52,000 m² spa park including spa & vital area, numerous pools, medical spa, fitness center, and bistro, an oasis of relaxation unfolds, a place of well-being with many bubbling attractions.

If you would like to visit both Therme Meran and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, ask at our 4-star superior Hotel Eschenlohe in Scena/Schenna about the combined ticket for the Gardens & Therme Meran!

Ötzi and the South Tyrolean Museum of Archeology

About 5,000 years ago, a man climbed the icy heights of the Val Senales/Schnalstal glacier and died there. In 1991, he was found again as if by chance: with clothing and equipment, mummified, and preserved from the ice – he was an archaeological sensation and a unique snapshot of a Neolithic man. Today Ötzi, the mummy from the eternal ice and his belongings are in the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology and is an absolute highlight for South Tyrolean holidaymakers.

Messner Mountain Museum

The Messner Mountain Museums thematise the defining element of the local natural landscape: the mountains. The six Messner Mountain Museums were designed by Reinhold Messner. Here, the extreme mountaineer illustrates the mountains in their interaction with humans. Each of the Messner Mountain Museums is a destination worth seeing with a different focus. The nearest ones are at Juval Castle in Kastelbell and Sigmundskron Castle in Firmian.

Andreas Hofer Museum

In St. Leonhard im Passeiertal, a good 25 km away from Meran, is the Sandwirt. Today, the birthplace of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer is a museum that combines the rural tradition of Val Passiria/Passeiertal with historically significant events. In an impressive exhibition the eventful time of the Napoleonic era comes to life again.

Shopping and markets

Those who also want to use their holiday in Schenna to explore the numerous colourful shops, boutiques, and markets will find a small shopping paradise in the spa town of Meran. The picturesque old town with its historic arcades offers the ideal backdrop for your shopping adventures. Whether elegant, traditional, creative, or alternative – the city offers something for every taste. Are you looking for a sophisticated outfit for the evening, handmade Italian leather goods, or hiking boots for your outdoor adventures? Should it be a watch, a small piece of jewellery, or a souvenir for your loved ones at home? Here, you will find what you are looking for!                   

Every Friday is market day in Meran. On the big weekly market at the station, you can find some interesting bargains. From mid-March to mid-October, holidaymakers in Schenna can also buy South Tyrolean specialities as well as natural and handicrafts products at the “Meraner Markt” in the upper Corso Libertà, at the Meran Kurhaus.