Art and Culture in Lana, Merano and Bolzano

The art of living in South Tyrol

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In the former church village of Lana, there are almost 40 churches, chapels and monasteries, built across 10 centuries, ranging from the Romanesque three-apse Church of St. Margaret to the Hl.-Kreuz Church built in the 1920s.
In recent years, not only notable architects, but also successful younger artists have established themselves in South Tyrol. Contemporary art can be seen on the 8 km long Sculpture Trail, which runs from the popular Lana irrigation channel path to the rugged Gaul Ravine and down to the former swamps of the Falschauer river delta.

Among the most important institutions in Meran are the Museum of South Tyrolean History in Tyrol Castle and the Touriseum in the botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which is dedicated to the regional history of tourism. The gardens are among the most beautiful in the world. The Kunst Meran art institution is the biggest platform for visual arts, photography and design, and in the evening, the attached Café Kunsthaus is a popular meeting place.
Peasant life in the 19th century is the focus of the displays in the open-air MuseumPasseier in St. Leonhard, while the spectacular Mooseum in Moos is dedicated to the local history of mining. Naturns is host to the Prokulus Museum, next to the unique Romanesque St. Prokulus Church with its pre-Carolingian frescoes. In Partschins one can find the typewriter museum as well as a Model Railway Museum.
The 5000-year old ice mummy “Ötzi” is exhibited – together with his weapons and clothing – in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano. One should also not miss the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) in Firmian close to Bolzano, which deals with the history of mountaineering and Alpinism. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museion, as well as in many smaller galleries in the city.

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