Kurhaus was built in 1874 by Josef Czerny and is one of the masterpieces of the Art Nouveau of Alto Adige. It has been a symbol of Meran for more than a century, its structure is made of two parts. The oldest one follows an eclectic style inspired by various periods of art history. You can admire Calssical and Baroque features, in particular in the Hall of mirrors nowadays known as Pavillon de Fleurs.
The second part of Meran Kurhaus dates back to the period between 1912 and 1914 and was opened on 31st of December 1914, just after the of outbreak World War I that interfered with the planned imposing construction. Friedrich Ohmann was an Austrian architect who, following the spirit of the age, had projected a total work of art, a Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk.
The style of the building was characterized by a scrupulous attention to detail, following a perfect Art Nouveau style, or Jugendstil, what is particularly clear when you observe the dome above the entrance hall or the inner decorations and the silverware design.
Nowadays Meran Kurhaus is a well-known conference centre. It has ten halls, hosts conferences and meetings and is also a concert hall with a excellent acoustic. Kurhaus has also an exhibit room, a dance hall, a fashion show location and a banquet hall with a wide terrace.
The biggest hall of the structure is the Kursaal, finished at the beginning of 20th century in Art Nouveau style. The Kursaal can host more than a thousand people and the large windows on the facades and roof gables allow plenty of daylight to enhance the festive Art Nouveau hall and the decorated vaulted ceiling.