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 c. 1850
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 Trauttmansdorff Castle in Meran, Italy. The gardens are open daily in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.


View of the gardens and Trauttmansdorff Castle, 20th century, source: State Archive in Poznań

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


Today the castle grounds contain about 80 dedicated gardens with 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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