Trauttmansdorff: South Tyrol’s Award-Winning Top Tourist Attraction

Trauttmansdorff’s big awards are an honor for South Tyrol as well

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle has evolved into one of South Tyrol’s main tourist attractions. A unique blend of botanical garden and recreational facility, Trauttmansdorff’s successful combination of nature, culture and art – together with its distinctive spirit of innovation – has garnered it several major awards, as well as recognition well the borders of South Tyrol.


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On 19 March 2013, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle received the coveted International Garden of the Year Award for 2013 at the Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto, Canada. The jury was particularly impressed with Trauttmansdorff’s evolution: having opened only in 2001, the complex records more than 400,000 visitors a year during the garden season, which runs for 7.5 months. The botanical garden is thus an important driving force for the tourism industry in Merano and South Tyrol. The distinction of being named the 2013 International Garden of the Year now recompenses efforts to skillfully unite and market gardens and tourism, providing economic stimulus to the region.

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Trauttmansdorff was named Europe's Garden No. 6 for 2006 by Briggs & Stratton’s Best Parks, a competition in which twenty gardens in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the UK were evaluated. The comparatively young Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, which are extremely forward thinking and innovative, were awarded sixth place amongst Europe’s most beautiful gardens.


Trauttmansdorff was named Il Parco più Bello d’Italia, or Italy’s Most Beautiful Garden, making its interplay of art and nature a real triumph: This competition is carried out under the auspices of Briggs & Stratton, an international company, and is conducted in partnership with the Grandi Giardini Italiani Association. In the third year of the competition, a five-member jury of experts looked at 64 gardens throughout Italy and named the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle Italy’s Most Beautiful Garden 2005.