Sights in South Tyrol
Culture and tension in Merano and environs
The botanical gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle are easily accessible.
In 2005, the gardens were awarded the title of “most beautiful gardens in Italy”. Covering over twelve hectares, they offer visitors the chance to experience “the whole world in a garden”. Exotic ornamental plants from the Mediterranean regions thrive here along with hardy Alpine plants.
The gardens are arranged according to the complex interplay of the natural vegetation, the climate, people and location. There are 11 pavilions providing a comprehensive botanical overview, while the castle dominates the surrounding gardens.
Count Trauttmansdorff had it rebuilt from its medieval ruins, and the Austrian Empress Sissi twice stayed here for her winter cure. It has now been converted into a museum that portrays the lively 200-year history of tourism in South Tyrol.