Colorful plants from all around the world thrive and bloom in Trauttmansdorff’s more than eighty garden landscapes. Ideal for both children and adults as well as for botany experts and laymen alike, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is a unique blend of botanical garden and recreational attraction. Multifaceted Experience Stations, spectacular themed gardens, Artist Pavilions and intriguing animals turn the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle – within easy walking distance from Merano – into a colorful world where visitors enjoy a variety of different experiences.
The Touriseum, South Tyrol’s Province Museum of Tourism, covers 200 years of tourism history in Tyrol and Merano in a very engaging way.
Flowers in the Sun Gardens
On the sun-kissed southern slopes of Merano’s botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, you’ll find a themed garden that really captures the feel of the Mediterranean. Walking paths meander through the Sun Gardens, leading up the hill and offering spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. Fragrant dwarf shrubs alternate with evergreen woody plants. Cork and holm oaks evoke the original landscapes of the Mediterranean region. Below the castle, Italy’s northernmost olive grove thrives: here, the gnarled silhouette of a 700-year-old specimen makes quite an impression. In the summer, thousands of sunflowers bloom. Pines and cypresses flank old crop plants such as pomegranate, grape, mulberry and fig trees. There are also succulents from Mediterranean semideserts such as cacti, Euphorbia, aloes and agaves.
Forests of the World
The Forests of the World area is located on the north side of Trauttmansdorff Castle. These leafy woods offer a shady refuge, especially in summer. A wide variety of deciduous and coniferous woods from North and South America and East Asia add a touch of the exotic. The primordial Fern Glen, replete with streams and waterfalls, is refreshingly cool. In addition to the natural landscapes, there are also crop plants from the Americas, as well as an Asian rice paddy and tea plantation – representing important cultivated landscapes from faraway lands.
Trauttmansdorff’s Forests of the World area also features special plant collections that set it awash in colour: ornamental cherry trees begin their parade of blossoms in April, immediately followed by the lush flowering of over 300 species and varieties of rhododendron.
The Water Gardens
The Water and Terraced Gardens area is graced by stairways and water features that connect various levels, where there are interesting elements of European landscape architecture: spherically manicured boxwood, geometric plantings, and a maze evoke the Italian Renaissance garden. In the English Perennial Garden, the plant beds are also geometrically shaped, but are not laid out in rigid patterns. You can smell and touch aromatic plants in the raised beds of the Sense Garden: the intense fragrance of English roses, Lilium regale and star jasmine permeate the air.
At the foot of the terraces is the romantic Water Lily Pond. A dense planting of irises, daylilies and grasses encircles brightly coloured water lilies. Flawless lotus flowers rise up out of the water and a dense palm forest fringes the shore; in the spring, camellias and azaleas bloom amidst more than 200 hemp palms.
The collections of Clematis and perennial peonies bring an intoxicating flush of flowers. In the Rose Garden at the Water and Terraced Gardens, over fifty wild species and thirty historical roses flourish in summer: an absolute must for anyone passionate about roses.
Landscapes of South Tyrol: traditional cultivated landscapes
The Landscapes of South Tyrol area of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is set up along a man-made waterway: a mountain stream lined by green alder follows an alluvial forest with alders and willows then merges into lakeside vegetation with reeds and cattails.
A very good example of South Tyrol’s traditional cultivated landscapes is the meadow orchard, with forgotten apple and pear varieties: it is evocative of the rustic orchards of long ago.
In addition to Gewürztraminer, Schiava and Lagrein, the vineyard features original South Tyrolean varieties that are rarely grown today.
Another element of the local cultural landscape is the braided Speltenzaun: this type of fence protects the typical South Tyrolean farmer's garden where vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants are grown.
Period Opening Hours
1 April to 31 October 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last admission: 6:00 p.m.)
1 − 15 November 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:00 p.m.)
Fridays in June, July and August 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last admission: 10:00 p.m.)
Consider three to six hours for your visit at the Gardens.
Open 7 days a week
On Garden Nights evenings,(4th June, 25th June, 2nd July, 23th July, 29th July, 6th August, 13th August, 20th August) the Gardens close at 5:00 pm.
Family Pass (2 adults with children up to 18 years)* 26.00
Children (up to 6 years) Free
Seniors (age 65 and up)* 10.00
Juniors (from 6 to 18 years)
Visitors with Disabilities 8.50
Groups - minimum 15 persons (every 16th person free) 9.00
Summer Nights Pass (Fridays from June to August, starting at 6 p.m.)* 6.50