RS Botanische Gaerten von Trauttmansdorff Baum Schloss Trauttmansdorff
RS Botanische Gaerten von Trauttmansdorff Baum Schloss Trauttmansdorff

Castel Trauttmansdorff

Castel Trauttmansdorff is located on the outskirts of Merano, in the heart of the Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff.

Castel Trauttmansdorff was established in 1300 AD as a small mansion called "Neuberg". When the noble family Trauttmansdorff bought the castle in 1543, they started renovating and extending the building full-scale. After the death of the family the castle deteriorated markedly until the Count of Styria, Joseph von Trauttmansdorff, a relative of the family, bought it in 1846. Again the building was renovated and decorated with neo-Gothic elements. This was also the time in which the castle received the name "Castel Trauttmansdorff".

In 1870, the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, together with her daughters Gisela and Marie Valerie, came to Merano for the first time for holidays and occupied some rooms of the castle. Thanks to numerous articles in Austrian newspapers, in those times Merano became really famous as spa town. In 1889, the Empress Sisi came to Merano and Castel Trauttmansdorff once again.

During and after WWI, Castel Trauttmansdorff - "Schloss Trauttmansdorff" in German - changed hands several times and finally, in 1977, it was handed over to provincial administration. In 2003, the Provincial Museum for Tourism, short Touriseum, was inaugurated, which is the first museum in the alpine area fully dedicated to the history of tourism.

Provincial Museum of Tourism "Touriseum" - opening hours and admission

In 1994, round the castle the beautiful Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff were set out. On this areal of 12 hectares a wide range of plants of all over the world flourish. And how to reach Castel Trauttmansdorff? The Sisi Path leads in a 45-minute walk from the centre of Merano (Meran) to the castle, but it is also easily accessible by car (big parking space on the other side of the street) and by public means of transport (bus no. 4).

Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle - opening hours and admission

In summer 2020, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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