The botanic gardens in Merano include an area of 12 hectares: a jourey across the flora of our planet.
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Undoubtedly the Botanic Gardens of Castel Trauttmansdorff are one of the highlights of Merano. Visiting these magnificient flower gardens is like travelling across the botanic world. The gardens enchant the visitors thanks to their extraordinary diversity as well as their harmonic ensemble: more than 80 garden landscapes can be visited on a total surface of 12 hectares. The vegetation in the garden benefits from the mild climate of the sun-spoilt city of Merano.
There are four garden worlds: in the “Forest of the World” there are indigenous conifer forests from North America and East Asia, ferns, living fossils and rice and tea terraces. The section also includes some aviaries with colourful birds and parrots. “The Sun Gardens”, that’s how the area extending beneath the castle is called. This sunny slope is characterised by a rather Mediterranean flair and citrus fruits, cypresses and beguiling odours of lavander, salvia and rosemary. The “Landscapes of South Tyrol” reflect the varied local fauna. An indigenous downy oak forest, alluvial forests and chestnut forests characterise the landscape. This is also where the golden replica of a 7,000 year old grape pipe hides, a present of Georgia. Finally there are the “Water and Terraced Gardens” with their huge water lily pond, in which the legendary lotos flowers flourish. Renaissance gardens, an English cottage or a labyrinth also enchant the visitors.
On the occasion of the tenth birthday in 2011, the Botanical Underworld has been opened, a journey through a bizarre realm. Moreover there are 11 arts pavillions spread in the gardens, explaining botanic phenomenes in a artistic-aesthetic manner. What you absolutely don’t have to miss is the view from the “Matteo Thun’scher Gucker”, an almost translucent platform in the form of a binocle, high above the botanic gardens, offering an astonishingly beautiful view on the Val d’Adige, Merano and the surrounding mountains. In 2005 the Botanic Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle were awared with the title of the “Most beautiful botanic garden of Italy”. Since 2002 in Castel Trauttmansdorff there is also the “Touriseum”, the museum of tourism.
Opening hours: from March 30 to November 15, 2018
March 30 - Oct 15, 2018:
daily from 9 am to 7 pm
Oct 16 - 31, 2018:
daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Nov 1 - 15, 2018:
daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Fridays in June, July and August:
open from 9 am to 11 pm
13.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
9.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 18 years, students)
10.50 Euros (seniors over 65)
7.50 Euros (Summer Nights Pass, Fridays from 6 pm)
7.50 Euros (Late-Autumn Pass, in November, free under 18 years)
family ticket available
admission to the Touriseum included
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