The Kurhaus is the main location of the event and pure elegance in liberty style
The Kurhaus is the landmark building of Merano, an Art Nouveau masterpiece built in the late 19th century by Josef Czerny. It is the main location of the Merano WineFestival.
The Kurhaus is a member of the HCCE association, which brings together and promotes conference and convention centres housed in historic buildings throughout Europe. It is one of the most prestigious locations on the European continent.
The wide and extended Terrace, which runs along the length of the whole building, faces south, opening onto the famous Passer Promenade of Merano. Three Dancing Graces vault, light, on top of the Kurhaus, as if to underline the sense of lightness and refinement that envelops the entire architectural complex. These Three Dancing Graces are also symbol of the Merano WineFestival and are present in almost every manifest of the event throughout the years. Next to the flow of the river Passirio, the first note that every guest who enters the heart of the city for the first time captures, is the image of the Kurhaus in all its elegance and poise.
Kursaal: The Great Hall
The Kursaal is the elegant heart of the building: vaulted ceilings, large glass surfaces on the facades and the roof enlighten the room with natural light. The large French windows give direct access to the south terrace and the promenade.
Pavillon Des Fleurs
The Pavillon des Fleurs is the hall of mirrors who are build with a golden frame and Neoclassical stuccowork. The glass doors give direct access to the terrace on the promenade.
The Ohmann Hall is named after the designer of the Kursaal, Friedrich Ohmann, creator of “Ring”, Vienna’s famous traffic arteries. This room has an elegant atmosphere in the east wing of the palace, right next to the Pavillon des Fleurs.
Czerny Hall and Lentner Hall
On the first floor of the west wing of the Kurhaus, the Lentner room is a modern event room. On the first floor, the Czerny room is suitable for small receptions and conferences.
La Rotonda is the luxurious Foyer of the Kurhaus. The wide staircases lead to the second of the three levels of the Rotonda and the Gallery. The designer Friedrich Ohmann was so fascinated by the latest achievements in the field of electric light that he decided to welcome guests to this room with a cascade of small lights that echoed a starry sky. With columns made of faux marble and pastel shades, large mirrors and delicate pictorial decorations, even the space under the dome offers an elegant setting for receptions and short breaks. The glass hinged doors lead directly to the external white marble staircase that gives access to the Promenade.
The large Kursaal Hall and the Pavillon des Fleurs have spacious terraces that extend south on the Merano Promenade and the River Passer. The terraces, accessible by the wide stairways that open from the pedestrian area along the Passirio river, can be used for receptions or aperitifs during events.
The history of the Kurhaus
The city of Merano offers a particularly mild climate that has always fascinated tourists. Since the middle of the 19th century, Merano was already home to the European nobility and the bourgeoisie. The famous mountain resort turned it into a health resort and, for this reason, the citizens of Merano had to create suitable environments for the stay and entertainment of noble guests. This is how the first Kurhaus of Merano was born, inaugurated on November 14, 1874. Construction in neoclassical style designed by Josef Czerny. Initially, the Kurhaus housed a reading room with magazines and newspapers from all over the world, a mirror room with a temporary stage for congresses, gambling and entertainment. As early as the early 1900s, the current Pavillon des Fleurs was no longer sufficient to meet the tourist requirements of the time.