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“Shalom aleichem” at the Touriseum

For the series of events lasting until 15 November entitled “Shalom aleichem - Jewish vignettes from Tyrol”, visitors to the Touriseum at Trauttmansdorff Castle near Meran will be made aware of the many Jewish traces in the history of tourism in Tyrol.

Shalom aleichem - the two-metre trunk

Jewish hoteliers, doctors and financiers were closely involved in the 19th century growth of tourism in Tyrol. They established hotels, sanatoriums, businesses and railway lines. In Meran, the business initiatives of the Jewish community played a large part in the development of the city. The Touriseum shows the important influence of the Jewish tourism pioneers in our land by means of 16 displays forming part of its tour through the history of tourism in Tyrol.

At the entrance to the Touriseum, in the inner courtyard of Trauttmansdorff Castle, a two-metre trunk highlights the series of events “Shalom aleichem – Jewish vignettes from Tyrol”; the South Tyrolean Museum of History at Castle Tyrol is offering two major special exhibitions, “Zachor” and “Have you seen my Alps?”, while “Simon & Sarah” at Runkelstein Castle takes a look at the Jewish presence in Bozen.

Also at the Touriseum, at 7.30 p.m. on 4 October, can be seen Amit Breuer’s documentary film on kosher hotels and catering in the Alps, from Meran to St. Moritz. The film, entitled “Shachrit, Mincha, Maariv – the Story of the Edelweiss”, follows the trail of the Bermann family, Jewish hoteliers from Meran.

The South Tyrol Museum of Tourism, known as the Touriseum, is located at Trauttmansdorff Castle near Meran in the midst of the surrounding Botanical Gardens and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until 31 October 2012: it is also open until 11 p.m. on Fridays in June, July and August and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 1 to 15 November. For more information on the Touriseum, located at St. Valentin-Strasse 51a, Meran, call +390473 270172 or visit