It’s an anniversary year for the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. The adventure-filled botanical gardens are bound to delight visitors, and the jubilee year will feature many special events.
These unique botanical gardens located just east of Merano/Meran feature a pond, boardwalks, pavilions, and countless flowers and plants from around the globe.
All naturalists, whether of the large or small variety, will love exploring: the gardens are guaranteed to bewitch one and all, in every season. Children will be especially charmed by the animals in the garden: they’ll see the colorful parrots living in the aviary, admire bees at work in a hive, and have a close encounter with the animals in the small petting zoo. Trauttmansdorff Castle is enthroned in the middle of the gardens.
The celebrated Empress Sissi once resided there when she came to Merano for health treatments. Today, the castle houses the Touriseum, a museum that traces the history of tourism in South Tyrol in a compelling and entertaining way. The Touriseum challenges visitors not to just observing, but to participate actively. The South Tyrol Game is a giant pinball-like structure made of wood that brings out the can bring the child out of even the most reticent visitor.
Matteo Thun’s Viewing Platform: the highly esteemed South Tyrolean architect and designer created this viewing platform, which is similar to an enormous set of binoculars, expressely for the gardens. It hovers high above the mountainside: anyone who ventures out onto the grate will be rewarded with the feeling of free-floating over the gardens. The platform, of course, offers magnificent views of Merano and the surrounding mountains.
Courtesy Visit South Tyrol