November 2020

2020 season ended - 12.11.20

Last week, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle closed the 2020 season with a total of 162,323 visitors, which amounts to an approx. 60% drop compared to last year.

Foto: Karlheinz Sollbauer

On Sunday, 8th of November, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle closed the 2020 season after about 5 and a half months of activity. The Touriseum, instead, had to anticipate closing to the 31st of October in compliance with the province’s directives.

In 2020, 162,323 visitors roamed the paths of the Gardens, with a season that started in May, two whole months later than usual. “In spring we lost two months of peak visitor attendance, but the rest of the season went reasonably well and we are happy with the total number of visitors achieved”, Gabriele Pircher, Director of the Gardens, stated. The two most intense months of the 2020 season were August and September, with a total of 92,467 visitors, 46% of which represented by German tourists, followed by 32% of Italians.

Foto: Karlheinz Sollbauer

In the 2020 season, the Gardens had been dedicated to the theme of biodiversity, showing the visiting public how important biological diversity is for man, for animals and for plants, using information panels, art installations and photographs distributed throughout the Gardens. Instead, the exhibition planned to open in the Touriseum and dedicated to the ‘hotel personnel’ theme was postponed to 2022, and in its place the museum set up a small exhibition about Franz Kafka and his stay in Meran.

In the summer months, the Gardens also organised three picnic evenings with live musical entertainment and another event, called “Sissi Day”, on the 16th of October, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of empress Elizabeth’s first stay at Trauttmansdorff Castle.

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and the Touriseum will stay closed until the 1st of April 2021. The flora is about to face the long winter break and work is already being done to prepare for the next season. During the winter months, the Touriseum will engage in setting up the new temporary exhibition “The history of luggage through the centuries”, while the Gardens will be organising the festivities for their 20th anniversary coming up next year.

Foto: Karlheinz Sollbauer