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The Trauttmansdorff castle: photos, description (Castel Trauttmansdorff)

The Trauttmansdorff castle is located South of the town of Meran in the Italian province of South Tyrol in the Dolomites. In the years of the fascist regime, this medieval castle was called Castello Di Nova by the name of the nearby small stream Torrent new. And it was built in about 1300: from the South-West side of the present castle walls can still be seen from the original structure and the ancient crypt. In the mid 19th century the count Joseph von Trauttmansdorff castle was rebuilt in the neoclassical style and was extended to its present day size. A few years after the Second World war the building was abandoned, and only in 2000-2003 were held here restoration work. The façade, chapel, crypt, a huge Rococo hall and the second floor where once lived the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, was replaced with.

Today, the castle houses the Museum of tourism in South Tyrol - the so-called Touriseum. Its expositions cover 20 exhibition halls introduce the origin and development of tourism in the region. While the collection of the Museum of originality and wit: here you can learn about the dangers, which has in the past been subjected to travellers who dared to cross the Alps, first to the local Spa resorts and explorers of the local peaks. Three halls of the Museum dedicated to Empress Sisi.

In 2001, the surrounding Trauttmansdorff Park was turned into a Botanical garden, called the Gardens of the castle of Trauttmansdorf. In the warm season the garden is open daily. The Park itself was laid out in 1850, when the castle was carried out restoration work. A frequent visitor of this Park was Sisi, whose bronze bust was installed here after the murder of the Empress in Geneva in 1898.

Today in the Botanical garden of Trauttmansdorff contains about 80 beds of native and exotic plants, arranged in accordance with the place of origin. There is also a typical South Tyrolean plants. Among other "floristic zones" is to provide coniferous and deciduous trees from the Americas and Asia, flowering oleanders, cultivated plants of the Mediterranean, including cypress, Fig, grape, lavender and the most Northern in Italy olive grove. A very interesting section of the Park, where you can see typical Italian, English and so-called sensational gardens. A huge interest always brings familiarity with the Wollemi pine belongs - one of the most ancient plants on Earth, which was considered extinct millions of years ago, and was accidentally discovered in the only place in Australia only in 1994.

In addition, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle live eskulapu runners works the bird cage and broken rice terraces, tea plantations and Japanese riparian forest.