The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which were officially inaugurated in 2001, are one of the most famous sights of Merano (Merano) and are one of the most popular destinations in South Tyrol. The Gardens inspire with their special variety and harmony: on an area of 12 hectares in the form of a natural amphitheatre, over 80 botanical zones with native plants from all parts of the world can be admired.
Trauttmansdorff Castle, where Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” was a guest, in Merano, South Tyrol (foto © shutterstock.com)
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle (Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff), inaugurated in 2001, are among the attractions of Merano (Meran), which extend in its eastern part, and the most popular destinations in South Tyrol. They thrill with their particular variety and harmony: over 80 botanical environments with native plants from every corner of the world can be admired on an area of 12 hectares with a natural amphitheater shape. The climate of the sunny spa town ensures that plants find perfect conditions for growth. The botanical gardens are divided into four thematic areas: the ‘woods of the world’, with woods from China, Japan and Florida, the ‘gardens of the sun’ with a Mediterranean touch, the ‘landscapes of South Tyrol’, which with natural oak wood reflects the original fauna of the region, and last the ‘aquatic and terraced gardens’.
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyrol (foto © footageclips / Shutterstock.com)
History & origins of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano
The particular climate enjoyed by the city of Merano is the optimal condition for setting up a botanical garden. In 1977 the complex passed from the Italian State to the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Alto Adige which entrusted the management of the real estate to the Laimburg Center for Agricultural and Forestry Experimentation. In 1989 the Center was entrusted with the construction of the gardens and the project was launched which, after years of intense work and preparations, was completed in 2001 with the inauguration of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Today the site has become a reference point for tourists staying in South Tyrol and an important reference for the management of other gardens that have taken it as an example.
The woods of the world
In this thematic area you can admire evergreen broad-leaved woods from China, Japan and Florida; deciduous broad-leaved woods from eastern North America, South America, China and Japan; coniferous woodlands with giant sequoia and evergreen sequoia from eastern North America and a bald cypress grove from the Mississippi area. Among the other attractions of the “woods of the world” you will also find the “Valle delle Felci” and the aviary with numerous species of parrot.
The gardens of the sun
In this area, located on the southern slope of the gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle, you can admire the olive grove located further north in Italy, in which you will find a 700-year-old olive tree. There is also a lemon house, a lavender field and the largest collection of sage in Italy with 154 varieties of this plant. On the hill of succulents you will find cacti, euphorbias, aloes and agaves, succulents that grow in semi-desert areas of Africa and America.
The landscapes of South Tyrol
In the area concerning the landscapes of South Tyrol you can admire a natural oak wood, typical of South Tyrolean flora, and a riparian wood, typical of the marshy valley bottoms of the region. You can also see orchards and vineyards: the gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle have acquired the paternity of “Versoaln”, the largest and probably oldest vine in the world, located in Katzenzungen castle in Prissiano.
The aquatic and terraced gardens
In the water and terraced gardens area you will find an Italian garden, an English garden and a palm grove. Terraces, stairs and streams of water lead down to the water lily pond, a natural habitat for lotus flowers.
The Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, south tyrol, Italy, offer many attractions with botanical species and varieties of plants from all over the world. (foto © lorenza62 / Shutterstock.com)
Flowers in the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South Tyro (foto © lorenza62 / Shutterstock.com)
Aerial view of the Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens, a botanical gardens located in Merano city in north Italy. (foto © Shutterstock.com)
The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
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