Discovering the planet’s botanical environments
Covering 12 hectares with a 100-metre elevation difference, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle at the Touriseum, the Provincial Museum of Tourism in Merano, features plants from around the world in over 80 botanical environments. Easily accessible on foot from the city, the park features several multi-sensory stations, atmospheric themed gardens, art pavilions and animals, alongside breath-taking views of the surrounding mountain landscape.
The southern slope embodies the landscapes of the southern Italian regions, among holm oaks and oak trees, grapevines, fig trees, mulberry trees, lemon trees and sunflowers. The olive grove boasts a 700-year-old olive tree, while the northern side hosts forest landscapes: from North to South America to East Asia. The Water and Terraced Gardens feature reconstructions of European-style gardens, with over 200 common palm trees. In the Garden of the Senses, the great protagonist is the fragrant scent of aromatic plants, including English roses, lilies and jasmine. Finally, along the course of an artificial stream are the Landscapes of Trentino-South Tyrol.
You can treat yourself to a tasty break at the Schlossgarten Restaurant or Café delle Palme by the Water Lily Pond. Guided tours are available through the gardens, which are open from April to November, but pets are not permitted.