One travels to take the cure (1830-1850)
The European upper classes spend the summer in one of the famous spa resorts. But where should they go in the winter? Meran has no spa water to offer, but it does have an agreeable climate, much milder than north of the Alps.
The village Spa
Taking the cure has a long tradition in Tyrol. Since the 17th century the merchants of Bozen, Meran and Innsbruck have been spending the hot summer days with their families up in the hills - the custom known as "Sommerfrische." Since the Middle Ages it has been a Tyrolean custom to recuperate in one of the many village bathing establishments - simple barns with wooden bathtubs- and to live it up in the adjoining inn!