Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens

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Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Botanischer Garten Meran 39.JPG
Botanical gardens with view of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Type Botanic gardens
Location Meran, Italy
Coordinates 46°39′34″N 11°11′03″E / 46.659569°N 11.184082°E / 46.659569; 11.184082Coordinates: 46°39′34″N 11°11′03″E / 46.659569°N 11.184082°E / 46.659569; 11.184082
Area 12 hectares (30 acres)
Created c1850
Status Open in summer
View of the gardens
Bronze bust of Empress Elisabeth, who was a frequent visitor

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle (German: Die Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff; Italian: I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff) are botanical gardens located on the grounds of the Trauttmansdorff Castle in Meran, Italy. The gardens are open daily in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.

History[edit]

The gardens were begun circa 1850 by Count Trauttmansdorff during the castle's restoration. Empress Elisabeth of Austria was a frequent visitor to the Meran and the gardens. A bronze bust in her memory was placed in the gardens after her assassination in Geneva in 1898.

Gardens[edit]

Today the castle grounds contain about 80 gardens of local and exotic plants, organized by region of origin, including typical landscapes of South Tyrol. Principal features of interest include:

The gardens also contain Aesculapian Snakes in their natural habitat, courtesy of the Alpine Zoo of Innsbruck, an aviary, a Japanese alluvial forest, rice terraces, and tea plantations.

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Media related to Botanical gardens in Meran at Wikimedia Commons