Imagine driving in northern Italy, with the high alp peaks in front of you. Behind them shines the famous vertiginous Timmelsjoch pass (2509 m) to Austria. In the valley below, lays a huge green paradise: Merano’s famous gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
The botanical garden is nestled into a twelve-hectare amphitheatre with an altitude differential of 100 meters. Colourful plants from all around the world thrive and bloom in more than eighty well kept garden landscapes. The site is always in development with new theme gardens and gardening experiments.
There’s lookouts, secret paths, a greenhouse with succulents, and four garden worlds with even parrot house.
Oh yes, because you need a whole day to see it all: on the site there is nice restaurant.
The site was once visited by Sissi, the duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. She stayed a while, that is why her statue is over here.
Reserve a full day to discover the designs, and new ways of mixing border plants like pink lobelia (Lobelia x speciosa ‘Fan Scharlach’) with red coleus.
Also a large field of stunning sunflowers may inspire you?
There is a large dahlia garden where you may meet your new garden love.
What is the name of your favourite?
- Alfred Grille
- Collerette Princess
- Hapet Pom
One of the latest theme gardens is the Garden for Lovers. You have to climb some steps to get there, but that is what love is about, isn’t it?
A gate marks the point of transition into a peaceful retreat.
Lightness, heaviness, playfulness and seriousness, all emotions are to be felt in this garden.
There’s statues and poems in seven languages that give food for thought.
Three design pavilions stand for ‘esteem’, ‘being in love’, and ‘love itself’. You can wade through water or use stepping stones to visit them.
New is the vertical garden with grasses and succulents. Here you see the development of it in 2016. By now it should be fully grown.
The gardens are full of surprises of new and old garden faves, all with a subtropical feel to it.
Informations on the Trauttmansdorff Castle Garden
On the website of the garden you’ll find all the details.
Watch the video of the gardens here: