The ancient Habsburg Botanical Garden
In Arco, the winter residence of Archduke Albert of Habsburg, an immense green area known today as Parco Arciducale was created in the late 19th century.
The area was originally part of the archduke’s villa and now a separate section of the Tridentine Museum of Natural Sciences nowdays MuSe. In the 1960s, miniature plant landscapes, designed by botanist Walter Larcher were added. Coniferous groves, Mediterranean maquis, Asian and subtropical plants, palm tree alleys and bamboo jungle, a pond and broom slope: the Arboretum is a breathtaking garden to house evergreen plants, mainly dedicated to tree and shrub species.
In Arco’s Arciducale Park, it is possible to see centuries-old plants of monumental dimensions, such as the Californian cypresses and holm oaks, welcoming visitors at the entrance, or the evergreen sequoia and Lawson's cypress. It is the mild climate of Alto Garda that makes it possible for 150 different species to grow. A stroll through this true botanical paradise is a real delight!