About 10 km from Merano lies the beautiful village of Hafling. With its 700 inhabitants it is located on a sunny high plateau above the Merano basin from where a wonderfully scenic road, that is also accessible in winter, begins.
In both summer and winter Hafling offers a variety of activities, promenades, hikes or challenging mountain tours as far as your feet take you. Explore the country by bicycle or on horseback. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Texel-, Brenta- or Ortler Group. Even the Dolomites and the Oetztaler Alps are visible.
Holidays in Hafling offer tranquility, recreation and relaxation – enjoy the South Tyrolean hospitality!
Places of interest in Hafling:
* The Romanic St Kathrein church with its Gothic apse dating from the 13th century, displays a well-preserved fresco from the 14th century and has a late Gothic Tyrolean winged altar – which can be seen only through an aperture in the portal. Guided tours for groups are possible on demand. Tel. +39 0473 279320
* St John parish church, with its prehistoric stone carving on the outer walls, is situated in the village of Hafling
* Small (freestanding) Gothic ambry at the "Locherweg" path access leading to the "Nusserhof" farmstead.
* Sulfner riding stables in Hafling – St Kathrein – breeding stables for the "Haflinger" horses in Hafling and surroundings. Open all day.
Where the name "Haflinger" originates is still somewhat of a mystery.
In the second half of the 19th century Merano became a renowned spa town, and in that time this resilient fine little horse caught some noblemen's eye, while farmers from Hafling used it to carry things up and down the steep roads. Many of these gentlemen, who came to Merano from all over Europe, were interested in this special horse and began calling it a „Haflinger“.
The organised breeding of the Haflinger horses started only in the second half of the 18th century. The foundation stallion "Folie", son of the half-caste oriental El-Bedawi and a refined mare was born in 1874 in Schluderns. Nowadays the Hafling horse association has the responsability of promoting the stimulation and the breeding of the Haflinger horse.
The adaptability of this modest and good natured, dependable and tenacious mountain horse is generally admired, and this light-footed, bay, brilliant white crested lean horse is becoming more and more popular. The former working animal has developed into a leisure horse. On the Tschoegglberg range, according to a centuries old tradition, a large part of horses are still held as single animals, in pairs or in small groups on local farms.
Very popular among children is a trial lesson, followed by a barbecue.
Our riding stables offer riding lessons for beginners and advanced students, hour rides, half day and day rides, riding on ponies, coach journeys, horse sledgings and guided tours for kids.
Beautiful slopes with a unique view
The ski area Merano 2000 on the sunny high plateau above Merano is the ideal area for the whole family. It offers real fun for everyone who likes skiing, whether beginners or professionals. With its 40 km of well-groomed ski runs and various levels of difficulty, ski lovers will be delighted. Not only is there no waiting time at the ski lifts, but also a beautiful and unique panoramic view.
The sunny area guarantees long days of skiing and pleasant breaks on one of the numerous sun terraces at the cosy Alpine ski huts.
For all those who never tier of skiing, in January and February the area around Falzeben offers a lighted ski slope that is open every Friday between 7:30 p.m. Until 10:30 p.m.
Turismo 365 giorni l’anno
Nel cuore dell’Alto Adige, dove iniziano le Alpi, la città di Merano e oltre quindici
comuni limitrofi costituiscono un’area geografica molto particolare indicata come
Merano e i suoi dintorni.
In questa zona le aspre montagne incontrano le pianure, le Alpi incontrano le
terre del Mediterraneo, dando vita a una serie di piacevoli contrasti che rendono
unico questo territorio.
Merano si è guadagnata l’appellativo di “Città Giardino” poiché gode di un clima
particolarmente mite che ha consentito negli anni la convivenza della flora mediterranea
con quella alpina, favorendo la coltivazione di palme e magnolie, con i
massicci del Gruppo delle Alpi di Tessa (oltre 3000mt) a fare da sfondo.
Luoghi e natura
Guardandola dall’alto, Merano e i dintorni hanno l’aspetto di una stella, nel cui
centro risiede la città di Merano e i cui raggi sono rappresentati dalla Val Venosta,
la Val Passiria e la Val d’Adige. Lungo queste valli si sviluppano meravigliosi e
tipici borghi che negli anni hanno fatto del turismo la propria risorsa naturale
concentrandosi nell’offrire agli ospiti tutte le attenzioni e i servizi necessari per
concedere loro una splendida vacanza. Tra questi ricordiamo l’Alta Val di Non,
Avelengo, Caines, Lana, Langundo, Marengo, Nalles, Naturno, Parcines, Prissiano,
Rifiano, Scena, Tesimo, Tirolo, Val d’Ultimo, Val Passiria e Val Senales.
Tornando, invece, all’aspetto naturalistico va detto che a Merano, sin dal 1930, le
Giardinerie comunali si occupano di curare le aiuole e i parchi di tutta la città; nel
mese di aprile si svolge un importante evento biennale, Meranflora, mentre lo
splendido giardino botanico di Castel Trauttmansdorff, nominato nel 2005 “Parco
più bello d’Italia”, è aperto al pubblico per gran parte dell’anno.
Italy, the country of art and history
Italy is a synonym for culture, art and history. Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful.
Italy, the country of lakes
Italy has over a thousand of lakes, renowned for their incomparable beauty and characterized by peculiar features. Lakes Garda, Maggiore, and Como are now recognized throughout the world and have become ideal destinations for spending some time in the sun and in close contact with nature.
The “Riviera” country
Italy is the ideal destination for a seaside vacation, it boasts around 8,000 km of coastline.
Italy, the country of peaks
From the Dolomites Alps of Trentino-Alto Adige to the Alps of Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Lombardy, from the Alps of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia to the Apennines of Emilia Romagna and Toscana.