Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens

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Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Botanischer Garten Meran 39.JPG
Botanical gardens with view of Trauttmansdorff Castle
TypeBotanic gardens
LocationMeran, Italy
Coordinates46°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
Area12 hectares (30 acres)
Createdc. 1850
StatusOpen in summer

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.

History[edit]

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.

Gardens[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
  • BGCI entry
  • Udo Bernhart, Ulrike Dubis, Trauttmansdorff - Die Gärten / Giardini / The Gardens, BLV Buchverlag GmbH & Co, 2006. ISBN 3-8354-0263-3.

External links[edit]

Media related to Botanical gardens in Meran at Wikimedia Commons