The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, located on the eastern outskirts of Merano/Meran, boast more than 80 garden landscapes from around the world. The Gardens received the coveted International Garden of the Year Award at the Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto in 2013.
Set in a natural amphitheater around a central lily pond, the garden landscapes from around the world add spectacular color to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. Viewing platforms with interactive stations and artist’s pavilions serve as lookout points, with the Forbidden Garden (Verbotener Garten) and Botanical Underworld (Botanische Unterwelt) features ideally suited to families with children.
Trauttmansdorff Castle lies perched above the botanical gardens. Formerly the residence of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, today it houses the South Tyrol Museum of Tourism (Südtiroler Landesmuseum für Tourismus). Known as the Touriseum, the interactive facility at the museum recounts 200 years of visitors in the area.