The apple village near Merano
A few kilometers south of Merano lies Lana. Lana is one of the largest villages in South Tyrol, you notice here noticeable small town character. Situated in a similar Mediterranean location as Merano, here you can enjoy a lot of sunshine and a well-kept landscape.

A cable car ride from the mountain

The car-free recreation area San Vigilio can be reached in a few minutes by cable car from Lana di sopra. Especially families love the hilly hiking area at about 1900 meters above sea level in summer and the small ski area in winter, ideal for the first excursions in the snow. 3 slopes, 1 toboggan run, 4 lifts and a wonderful winter nature provide a lot of fun. Our tip: a snowshoe hike in the midst of untouched wintry landscape and a subsequent stop in one of the cozy huts. In spring, summer and autumn, San Vigilio is, in addition to the countless hiking possibilities, also popular for excursions with the mountain bike and airy take-offs with the paraglider. For the latter, you can of course book tandem flights with experienced pilots. For the former hobby, the Vigiljoch offers crisp bike trails with different altitude variations.
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Lana NikonSteff
The villages of Pavigolo and Foiana also belong to Lana. Pavigolo, a small mountain village, is located at the entrance to the nearby Ulten Valley and is often a destination for leisurely hikes. Völlan is located a little above Lana at about 700 m and has been settled since the early Middle Ages due to its favorable location. Recreation is offered here by several beautiful vacation accommodations, from the cozy guesthouse to the 5-star hotel. In Foiana, the chestnut adventure trail and the annual chestnut festival "Keschtn Riggl" are particularly well known.

Lana itself has of course even more to offer. For example, the 9-hole golf course Lana is located on the southern outskirts of the village and offers a wonderful unobstructed view of the Adige Valley. Plus point: the golf course Lana is playable from mid-February to mid-December and thus has a particularly long playing season.
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Above the golf course, between the first chestnut groves, the Brandis Waal Path runs for about 3 kilometers. This invites you for a walk all year round. In spring, with countless apple blossoms at your feet, and in the golden autumn, this Waalweg in the Burggrafenamt is a popular destination. It can get quite crowded here. Tip: Use the morning and late afternoon hours for your excursion. Lana also has a lot to offer in terms of cycling: whether it's a leisurely ride in the direction of Bolzano or a mountain bike ride to fresh heights, both are possible. Lana is also located on the famous Via Claudia Augusta long-distance bike trail.
Shopping, strolling and walking: in the pedestrian zone in Lana am Gries people are already waiting for you. In summer, from the end of June to mid-August, the "long Lana Thursdays" also take place. All stores stay open until 10 p.m., many different food and beverage stands offer delicacies from hearty pizza to fine tartare to sweet doughnuts and even more until 11 p.m.. These long Thursdays are popular with locals and guests alike, because this is where people simply meet!

Culturally, Lana has several churches, monasteries, castles and palaces to offer. We recommend two things: the famous 16th century Schnatterpeck altar in the Maria Himmelfahrt parish church and the fruit tree museum. The elaborately gilded 14-meter high Schnatterpeck altar is considered the largest winged altar in the Alpine region. 35 figures stand in the altar itself. The world of apples, on the other hand, is explained to you in an exciting journey through the fruit tree museum. Lana is one of the oldest apple-growing areas in the country. The museum is housed in the historic Ansitz Larchgut.
  • A walk on the Brandis Waalpath, there and back to the Lana waterfall above the golf course.
  • A trip with the cable car to the car-free Vigiljoch with a fantastic view of the South Tyrolean mountains and the entire Merano region, either on foot or by bike.
  • A visit to the Kränzel labyrinth garden a few meters after Lana in the neighboring community of Tscherms
  • A long Thursday in Lana with culinary delights and shopping pleasure
  • A visit to the parish church Maria Himmelfahrt with the famous Schnatterpeck altar