June 2013

Open day for visitors with disabilities - 23.06.13

Sunday 22 June
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A full day in which we invite visitors with disabilities (valid I.D. or official validation required) and a companion to enjoy the magnificent summer flowers at the barrier-free Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle – absolutely free of charge. At the Touriseum, visitors can take an entertaining journey through the history of tourism in Tyrol. Dr. Luis Durnwalder, governor of South Tyrol and president of the gardens, will attend Open Day during the afternoon.

 

Dr. Luis Durnwalder, Garden-Director Daniel Bedin, Martin Telser and visitors.

Second annual Grape Blossom Festival takes place under the largest and likely oldest vine in the world! - 07.06.13

The Grape Blossom Festival in celebration of the Versoaln vine, the largest and likely oldest vine in the world, took place on Friday 7 June – and has now become a tradition. The Tesimo—Prissiano (Tisens—Prissian) Tourism Association, the Südtiroler Bauernjugend Association, Katzenzungen Castle and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which took over patronage of this unique vine in 2006, organized a colorful program of events. In addition to enjoying music, local specialties and a complimentary guided viewing of the vine, attendees also learned about South Tyrol as a winegrowing region. Even the rarely poured Versoaln wine, which yields only 75–120 bottles a year, was available for tasting under the vine’s 300-m² canopy.

The largest and probably oldest vine in the world grows at the foot Katzenzungen Castle in Prissiano (Prissian) near Tesimo, at an elevation of around 600 meters. Its canopy encompasses more than 300 square meters and has reached the impressive age of more than 350 years old. In 2004, internationally renowned dendrochronologist Prof. Dr. M. Worbes of the University of Göttingen (D) scientifically determined the age of the vine on behalf of Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry. This extraordinary vine, characterized by sharply serrated foliage, is an indigenous grape that is trained on a traditional pergola made of chestnut and larch wood. Its grapes yield approximately 75–120 bottles of limited-edition wine annually.

                                               The Versoaln vine

The Grape Blossom Festival in honor of this ancient vine was held for the second time last Friday. “This is a very special occasion of celebration when you stop to think about the fact that the Versoaln has bloomed more than 350 times,” said Heike Platter, marketing director of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. She gave festival attendees a brief introduction about South Tyrol’s winegrowing history, which dates back three millennia. Thomas Knoll, president of the Tesimo–Prissiano Tourism Association, was equally thrilled about the festival: “We are very proud of our vine, and the locals want to grow closer to this wonder of nature.”

Drinking a toast to the Versoaln vine: Ernst and Veronika Pobitzer, the owners of Katzenzungen Castle, Thomas Knoll, president of the Tesimo–Prissiano Tourism Association, and Heike Platter, marketing director of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

After a tour of Katzenzungen Castle and a viewing of the vine – complete with a tasting of its venerable wine – the celebrations continued in the castle’s garden. Musical accompanied by accordion player Tobias Mair, a native of Tesimo, and local specialties including different Marendebrettl snack boards and apple strudel inspirited the mood of this summer afternoon and delighted palates.

The Südtiroler Bauernjugend association, Tisens/Prissian chapter, and the young accordion player, Tobias Mair, from Tesimo

Anyone who missed the Grape Blossom Festival will soon be able to see the Versoaln vine as well. The Gardens & Wine package, which is available at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, offers visitors the possibility of touring the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and Katzenzungen Castle in combination with a viewing of the Versoaln grape every Thursday in August, September and October. The itinerary finishes off with a tasting of South Tyrol’s five leading grape varieties and the Versoaln wine. The package price of € 30 per person includes round-trip shuttle service between the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and Katzenzungen Castle.

Trauttmansdorff After Hours: The perfect start to a perfect weekend! - 06.06.13

Beginning on 7 June, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Touriseum will both stay open until 11:00 p.m. every Friday night in June, July and August. On these evenings, the Trauttmansdorff After Hours event series combines intriguing botanical information with culinary specialties and musical entertainment. The economical Evening Pass grants entry on extended-hours Fridays for just €6.50, starting at 6:00 p.m.

With its Trauttmansdorff After Hours series, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and Touriseum offer everything needed for a successful start to the weekend: on Fridays, visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere of balmy summer evenings at Trauttmansdorf at a reduced evening rate. Visitors can expect a wide range of options that may be combined into a informative evening – or opt to simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

Evening Tour of the Gardens

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in German and Italian – € 5.20 per person
In the soothing atmosphere of evening, this tour shows new facets of the gardens in the soft light of dusk: guides accompany guests to intensely fragrant and luminous plants of the Forbidden Garden, to exotic lotus flowers, or the roses and hydrangeas – depending on what is in bloom – and impart a wealth of information.

Trauttmansdorff After Hours

                             The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Aperitivo lungo at the Palm Café on the Water Lily Pond

€ 9.50 buffet (first drink included)
An aperitivo lungo, an Italian-style happy hour, is a wonderful way to relax. The evocative atmosphere of the Water Lily Pond is the perfect setting for a Friday-night drink. Tasty snacks are served and young South Tyrolean musical talents set the right tone to kick off the weekend: performers include the Dirty Lovers Acoustic Band, Jazz by Klaus Telfser, Hubert Dorigatti & Friends and DJ random, each using a guest DJ.

At Schlossgarten Restaurant the tables are bedecked with culinary specialites. These mouth-watering treats are served against the backdrop of enchanting views and the festive atmosphere of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

The Touriseum also stays open until 11:00 p.m. – including the museum’s special exhibition entitled Urlaub/Vacanze 2.0. This exhibition highlights rapid changes in tourism over the past ten years. Some of the rooms of the castle have been recently renovated and now give voice to Trauttmansdorff’s illustrious residents and visitors.

NEW! Shuttle service to Merano

Bookings for garden tours: 0473 235 730 or info@trauttmansdorff.it
Bookings for the Schlossgarten Restaurant: 0473 232 350 or info@schlossgarten.it

Leave the car at home and don’t worry about designating a driver! A new shuttle service now takes visitors from Trauttmansdorff After Hours to the Merano city center. The shuttle runs twice to the Piazza della Rena and Piazza Teatro squares.

Open day for visitors with disabilities - 01.01.70

Sunday 22 June
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Open day for visitors with disabilities

A full day in which we invite visitors with disabilities (valid I.D. or official validation required) and a companion to enjoy the magnificent summer flowers at the barrier-free Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle – absolutely free of charge. At the Touriseum, visitors can take an entertaining journey through the history of tourism in Tyrol. Dr. Luis Durnwalder, governor of South Tyrol and president of the gardens, will attend Open Day during the afternoon.