The town centre features many elegant (and sometimes expensive!) shops, a selection of bars and restaurants, and features of its use as a spa resort. The local wine is excellent, and food menus tend to concentrate on meats in this region. There are Botanical gardens to the east of the centre (but about 30 minute walk), and pleasant walks and promenades along the river Passurio/Passer.
Merano is an excellent base to explore the region and beyond, ideally with a car, but also possible on public transport. With a car you can drive the spectacular passes of this area, particularly the Passo Rombo (2500 metres and 50 kilometres from Merano) and the amazing Passo dello Stelvio (over 2700 metres, 75k from Merano). It is possible to drive a circuit to both but remember these few useful tips: