The path that bears Sissi's name is interesting to walk along in both directions. It is the route the Austrian empress chose when she walked to the city centre and back from Trauttmansdorff Castle, where she was a guest during her two stays in Merano.
As the finishing point is the famous Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, considered to be among the most beautiful in Europe, your journey is inevitably conditioned by particular haste to reach the praised paradise of plants and flowers. After walking along the Winter Promenades and crossing the Stone Footbridge, you must prepare yourself for a relatively long, though certainly not prohibitive, climb. It is called Via Salita alla Chiesa and leads to Piazza Fontana. From Piazza Fontana, you arrive at Vicolo Stretto, not long but suggestive. Then you come to Via Theodor Christomannos where, on the right, you can see a glimpse of Castel Rubein, a private residence surrounded by a beautiful park, and further on, on the opposite side, the noble Castel Pienzenau. A small road called Via Teleferica will then lead you to Via Dante's end and the Sissi Gardens entrance at Trauttmansdorff Castle. Already at first sight of the outside, you will feel rewarded for the beautiful walk!