Art and nature have been blending for 16 years at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, set in a natural amphitheatre on the eastern outskirts of Merano, with more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world and several unique Experience Stations, Artist Pavillions and a spectacular viewing platform designed by star architect Matteo Thun, in addition to attractions like the Forbidden Garden, the Botanical Underworld and a „Lovers’ Garden“ that opened last year to celebrate the 15 years of the structure. For this gorgeous picture and the innovating spirit that lies behind its conception, Trauttmansdorff was named Italy’s Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe’s No. 6 Garden in 2006. Its subsequent crowning as International Garden of the Year in 2013 launched this unique complex in the firmament of world’s most beautiful gardens and parks. From the magnificent blooming of thousands of tulips to the enrapturing colours of fall foliage in November, these gardens delight guests the whole year through even with musical and culinary highlights, as for instance the “imperial” brunches, called Breakfast at Sissi’s, or the topclass world music of the evocative Garden Nights series, the Friday evenings in summer that last until 11 p.m. and again some wine tours that include a viewing of the largest and almost certainly oldest vine in the world, the Versoaln at Katzenzungen Castle in Prissian. Trauttmansdorff Castle sits enthroned in the centre of the gardens: this imposing structure, where Empress Elisabeth would come to stay during the winter, now houses the South Tyrol Museum of Tourism, a.k.a. Touriseum.
2017 opening hours (latest admittance to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle an hour before closing time):
* On the evenings of the “World Music Festival” concerts the closing time is at 5 p.m; admittance after that only with concert tickets.
2017 admission prices (The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle & Touriseum):
You can reach Merano by car: from the north Munich – Rosenheim – Kufstein (A12 Inntal Freeway, obligatory toll) – Innsbruck (A13 Brenner Freeway, obligatory toll) – Brenner (A22 Brenner Freeway, obligatory toll) – Bolzano (Exit Bolzano South) – Merano (MEBO-Highway) Munich – Garmisch – Innsbruck – Brenner (A22 Brenner Freeway, obligatory toll) – Bolzano (Exit Bolzano South) – Merano (MEBO-Highway) Alternative: Brenner – Vipiteno – Passo Giovo – Val Passiria – Merano Ötztal – Passo Rombo – Val Passiria – Merano from the west Ulm – Kempten – Füssen – Fernpass – Imst – Landeck – Passo Resia (State Road 40 + 38) – Merano Bregenz – Feldkirch – Arlberg – Landeck – Passo Resia (State Road 40 + 38) – Merano St. Moritz – Ofenpass – Münster – Taufers in Muenster – Glorenza – Merano Zurich – Landquart – Klosters – Vereinatunnel – Zernez – Ofenpass – Münster – Taufers in Münster – Glorenza – Merano from the east Lienz – Innichen – Val Pusteria (State Road 49) – (A22 Brenner Freeway, obligatory toll) Bolzano – Merano (MEBO-Highway) – Merano.