An infinite thanks to Anna Maria Pitcher for the photos and the informations needed for writing this article without wich it would not have been so rich and colorful.
History of the Castel and his Gardens
INestled in the center of Trentino-Alto Adige, the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castel are an extraordinary work done through the centuries by the mastery of gardeners and botanists. Famous for hosting and being so admired by the Empress Sissi, the gardens offer an incredible view adorned by rich flowers and lush plants from exotic regions, creating a true oasis in the heart of the mountains. The history of this area has ancient origins, documents attest to the presence of the castle already in the sixteenth century, but it is only after the XVIII that important expansions and restorations are being made. The last of which in the years 2000 brought to light the beauty of the structure and the plantations. The peculiarity of the garden is the mild climate that allows the cultivation of plants that normally would not live in Trentino. The green area has an extension of over 12 acres that develops on a sun-kissed hill, a feature used to recreate different scenarios such as the Mediterranean environment that otherwise would need a greenhouse. In the gardens of Sissi you can observe an infinite variety of plants according to a rhythm marked by the flowering times. There are numerous events, in fact, to witness the floral combinations that are created between the flower beds, always letting any observer go to the South Tyrolean city.
The various crops present
There are 4 thematic areas to be visited within the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castel divided according to the cultivated hosts. Over 80 botanical environments in which the world's rarest and most extraordinary plants live and bloom in a real inimitable collection. The Sun Gardens can be admired, reflecting the warm Mediterranean atmosphere thanks to the location on the southern slope of the hill. Here is the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub, formed by small evergreen shrubs, holm oaks and also cork oaks. An original olive oil from Sardinia has been preserved for over 700 years, with an incredible weight of 5.8 tonnes. For those who are attracted to legends, a part is called the Forbidden Garden, where poisonous herbs are grown, which, it is said, were once used by Belinda the witch. Relaxing is the area dedicated to the aquatic and terraced gardens where Lotus and Ninfee flowers bloom in the fountains immersed in an architecture of pure Renaissance Italian inspiration. The triumph of colorful roses can not be missed, including over 50 species of wildlife, an olfactory experience that will hit the visitor from the very first moment. Fun for the little ones is the intricate green labyrinth with hedgehogs inside which a pomegranate tree stands out as a wish for loving couples. Characteristic, however, is the northern slope dominated by the Woods of the World: a rare collection of trees from all the latitudes of the Americas and Asia. Absolutely to visit the "Valle delle Felci" which encloses these plants to be considered almost living fossils and the exotic area where tea and rice plantations are reproduced.
Awards and numbers of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castel
Amongst the strengths of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castel, mention is also made of modern and cured architecture that allows not only the Gardens to exhibit in all its splendor but, above all, visitors of all ages and cultures to appreciate the surrounding environment and, for those with some difficulty or a wheelchair, to navigate without the slightest problem between the green landscapes and the colorful environments offered by the Gardens, exploiting the perfect combination of art / nature and the rich calendar of events.
For this and much more, the gardens of Trauttmansdorf Castel were elected in 2005 as the "Most Beautiful Park in Italy", in 2006 at the 6th place among the "Most Beautiful Parks in Europe" and at the International Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto as "International Garden of the Year 2013"
It's no surprise that the average number of visitors a day here, touches figures around 1800 entries, with seasonal attendance (April-November) of over 400,000 visitors!
Where, how, when
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castel
Via San Valentino 51 a, 39012 Merano (BZ), Italy
Opening hours of the 2017 season
st April to 15th October 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last admission: 6:00 p.m.)
16th to 31st October 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last admission: 5:00 p.m.)
1st to 15th November 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:00 p.m.)
Fridays in June, July and August 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last admission: 10:00 p.m.)
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