Sissi’s Path

This evocative route leads through the Austrian Empress Elisabeth’s favorite spots in Merano.
The charming Habsburg sovereign, affectionately nicknamed Sissi, absolutely loved Merano and came here several times in the second half of the nineteenth century for health treatments. This trail named in her honor leads to the city center from the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, where she lodged twice.

You can start directly from the Hotel Eremita-Einsiedler and walk along the Naif-River to Labers Castle and Rametz Castle. Here you cross the main road and follow the via Castagni to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, reaching there the Sissi path.

The path starts right behind the car parking and has eleven stages, each with a story to tell. Some of the stops include: Rubein Castle and Pienzenau Castle, where the court was housed in 1870; the Rottenstein Castle, where Sissi herself lodged once, and the Hotel Bavaria; the Roman Bridge, which crosses the Passirio river leading to the city, the “Wandelhalle” and a park with a statue dedicated to Sissi. The walk ends at the promenade in front of the old Kurhaus. The Sissi path is easy accessible also with a stroller.

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