From a holiday residence of empress Sissi to the Touriseum, the South Tyrolean Museum of Tourism.
Image gallery: Trauttmansdorff Castle
At the eastern end of Merano towers Trauttmansdorff Castle, with its powerful walls and the oh-so popular Botanic Gardens. In 1300 there was only a small castle with the name Neuburg standing in this place. In 1846, however, count Joseph von Trauttmansdorff visited the town and fell in love with the building. He renovated it and made it a neo-Gothic castle. It gained popularity when in 1870 the Austrian empress Sissi chose Trauttmansdorff Castle as her new holiday residence and even would have liked to buy it.
Nowadays, Trauttmansdorff Castle houses the South Tyrolean Museum of Tourism, also known as Touriseum. Here you are introduced to the historical development of tourism in this region in a truly stimulating and entertaining manner. Tourists and travellers will see themselves in the museum, together with their motives for travel, behaviour, illusions, and expectations.
Afterwards you might pay a visit to the near-by Botanic Gardens. The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle received the “International Garden of the Year Award” at the “Garden Tourism Conference 2013″ in Toronto, Canada.
Opening hours and prices - Touriseum:
from the end of March to the end of October daily from 9 am - 7 pm, November 1-15 daily from 9 am - 5 pm, every Friday in June, July and August from 9 am - 11 pm, ticket adults from Euro 11.00, free entry for children up to 5 years
The Touriseum and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle represent a single attraction. The entry ticket is valid for both.
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