Today’s Villa Bavaria, our hotel in Merano and environs, was built as residential home in 1884. Carl Theodor, Duke of Bavaria, and his entourage were the first residents. The Duke was a passionate ophthalmologist and practised in his quarters and later in the adjacent building of the Pension Petersburg and the Merano clinic. A bust in the Art Noveau Wandelhalle on the banks of the Passer River still reminds of him as one of the most prestigious doctors of Merano. Carl Theodor was the favourite brother of Empress Sissi, who spent many a day in Merano. Many traces in the Villa Bavaria and in the whole town of Merano remind us of these two famous guests. A portrait of Duke Carl Theodor can be admired in the lobby of Villa Bavaria.