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Lana is located 7 km south of Meran, at the entrance to the Ulten Valley and at the bottom of both Mount St. Vigilius and Val di Non, in the neighboring region of Trentino. It is divided by the Falschauer river and once led to the now dry swamps at the Falschauer river delta, a sanctuary for hundreds of bird species.
This important fruit-growing town is surrounded by lush orchards and vineyards, and extends from the health resort in Völlan down to the fertile fields in the valley and to the spectacular Gaul Ravine. The fruit, wine and produce of Lana have been well-known and appreciated by travelers since the 18th century.
Meran is known for its mild winters. This fact has attracted winter vacationers for decades, but Meran and Lana have much more to offer than the climate. The historic spa town with its Art Nouveau facades is also famous for its walks and promenades. And Lana, with its many churches, monasteries and castles, stretches from the mountains around Völlan to the apple orchards in the wide lower valley.
Around 20 km to the south is the South Tyrolean capital of Bolzano, with many museums and galleries, cafes and shops. The most popular attraction is the 5000-year old prehistoric ice mummy Ötzi, on display in the Museum of Archaeology.
The 40 km long unique Ulten Valley ranges from St. Pankraz close to Lana to St. Walburg, and from there to St. Nikolaus and St. Gertraud. The head of the valley on Weißbrunnsee is the gateway to the Stelvio National Park. Thus, in St. Gertraud we find the lahnersäge, one of five National Park houses, and the only one in Ulten Valley. Some of the most spectacular hiking trails and mountain tours in the Alps start here. In the remote Ulten Valley one can immediately feel in close touch with nature. The houses are built in the ancient local timber style. Even the farm fences, behind which unique local species such as gray cattle, Alpine sheep and goats pasture freely, are built according to traditional methods. In winter, the Ulten Valley attracts tourists and local skiers alike due to the modern family and adventure ski area of Schwemmalm. The newest attraction is the huge Bagjump – also open during the summer.
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.
As a traditional spa town with a surrounding Alpine tourism area, Meran and its environs have a long-standing culinary tradition. The town of Lana, which produced mainly wine for Bavarian monasteries from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, was particularly noted for its abundance of local produce. Here, on the border with the neighboring region of Trentino, the culinary tradition of Tyrol was always influenced by the cuisine of Northern Italy.
Shopping malls, fast food outlets and the same ubiquitous clothing chains? In South Tyrol you’ll have trouble finding them. Instead, you will find small boutiques, delicatessens and specialty stores. Here, age-old craftsmanship continues unabated: from loden to Sarner textiles and all other local wool, felt and leather products. Jackets and hats, but also traditional baskets and wooden sculptures, all this and more now back in vogue, especially local food products and organic specialties.