The age of pioneers – no Kurhaus, no spa town

In the second half of the 19th century the city of Merano enjoyed the patronage of famous guests. An annual stay in this Alpine town with its mild climate on the “southern balcony” of the Habsburg monarchy became socially de rigueur for Europe’s aristocracy and rising middle classes. The sleepy little country town gradually became a spa resort.
At first there was a lack of suitable places to stay and entertainment for the noble guests.

Only following several initiatives by ambitious citizens of Merano and a costly planning and building phase was the first Merano Kurhaus finally opened on 14 November 1874. Built in neo-classicist style according to plans by Josef Czerny, it housed a reading room with periodicals from all over the world, a smoking salon, a ladies’ room, a hall of mirrors with a movable stage for concerts, gambling and entertainment as well as carbonated baths for the cure. But by the turn of the last century this Kurhaus, today’s west wing, had become too small.

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Kurhaus & Stadttheater Meran
Freiheitsstr. 33
I-39012 - Meran
+39 0473 496000