November 2017

Trauttmansdorff: A successful 2017 season closes  - 15.11.17

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Touriseum closed their doors for the 2017 garden season on 15 November. Highlights of the season included the Tenth International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition and the Touriseum’s special exhibition Head for the hills!


Over 415,000 visitors from more than 50 countries visited the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle during the 2017 garden season. Thus, the Gardens and the Touriseum were able to continue the success of the previous years. April, which saw 71,350 entries, was the busiest month of the 2017 season; August followed with 66,700 entries. November still saw 9.000 visitors and was hence the strongest November since the opening of the Gardens in 2017. Six million people have visited the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle since its opening in June 2001; the six-million mark was surpassed on 27 September, 2017.


The highlight of the 2017 season was the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, from London. Fifty photographs of gardens all over the world, selected by an international jury, were exhibited at various spots throughout the garden complex. The winning photos of the Spirit of Trauttmansdorff category, which were taken at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, were among those exhibited.

The Touriseum, meanwhile, dedicated its special exhibition this year to Alpine passes, covering the fascination they hold and their significance in tourism: Head to the hills! was staged inside Trauttmansdorff Castle and took the form of a winding mountain road, with hairpin turns, uphill gradients and scenic outlook points.  


Merano’s botanical garden hosted a wide array of events once again in 2017. The tenth anniversary of the Open Day for People with Disabilities took place in May: around 650 people with disabilities from all over South Tyrol took advantage of the initiative, together with their companions.

In summer, the “Garden Nights” World Music Festival at the Water Lily Pond attracted more than 5,600 music fans. The concert of German pop singer Adel Tawil was particularly popular, bringing as many as 1,900 music fans to the Gardens on an evening in August. 

Another highlight was Sissi’s Day in October; this year for the first time, there were also hands-on stations throughout the Gardens and inside the castle, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about Sissi’s life and her sojourns in Merano and at Trauttmansdorff Castle. 

The first Naturae & Purae symposium in November 2017 was held at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, serving as a prelude to the Merano Wine Festival. Well-known spokespeople from the wine world attended the symposium, in order to discuss the future of wine and new trends in the sector. Another success in November was the Vintage Market organized by the Touriseum, which still attracted a lot of visitors. 

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are now closed, and will remain so until 30 March 2018. Many of the plants will go into a well-earned hibernation and preparations for the upcoming garden season will be made. In 2018, the focus at Trauttmansdorff will be on aromatic and spice plants. From the spicy chili to the lemon-scented pelargonium, there will be many things to discover at various stations throughout the Gardens. Visitors can also expect an appealing side program, with interactive presentations and specially created themed tours. 

Next year the Touriseum – Regional Museum of Tourism, will continue showing its special exhibition dedicated to Alpine passes and their allure, Head for the hills! The Touriseum will also celebrate its 15th anniversary during the 2018 season.