The Gardens or Trauttmansdorff Castle ranks among Italy’s most beautiful gardens. It was no coincidence that Trauttmansdorff was named Parco Bello piú d'Italia in 2005 by the international company Briggs & Stratton, in collaboration with the Grandi Giardini Italiani association. It is Trauttmansdorff’s extraordinary fusion of botanical garden and recreational attraction that makes it so hands-on and dynamic for visitors of all ages.
The idea of build a botanical garden in Merano came forth in 1988. It was 13 years after Dr. Luis Durnwalder declared his intention to build such a botanical garden that the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle opened its doors. From the very outset, the Trauttmansdorff project was characterized by a strikingly innovative spirit and by quality that could be seen even in the details. The perception was of a botanical garden that was somewhat different, that was easily distinguishable from traditional gardens in Italy. Today a number of Artists Pavilions, Experience Stations and interactive sensory attractions ensure that the botanical gardens remain topical, appealing and vibrant.
Shortly after Trauttmansdorff’s official opening, the botanical garden could cover its running costs through receipts. Numerous contributors – from architects to gardeners, from South Tyrol’s governor to the administrative staff – kept the gardens continually “in motion” and managed to quickly transform the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle into South Tyrol’s No. 1 destination.