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“No as shining as it could be”

I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Merano
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Insights into exotic Mediterranean landscapes and views of the surrounding mountain chains and sun-kissed Merano: The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle comprises eighty natural and cultivated landscapes nestled into a natural amphitheatre, a wide array of themed gardens, and numerous Artist Pavilions and Experience Stations. Visitors find the extraordinary combination of nature, culture and art at South Tyrol's most popular attraction absolutely enchanting. The interplay of historical and contemporary architecture, a rich variety of events, and seasonal blooming throughout the course of the year all make Trauttmansdorff an experience for all five senses and for visitors of all ages. After being named Italy's Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe's No. 6 Garden in 2006, Trauttmansdorff was honored with the International Garden of the Year award in 2013, thus joining the ranks of the world's most important and beautiful gardens and parks. The Touriseum, the spirited museum housed inside Trauttmansdorff Castle, now spotlights recent tourism history and features new exhibits about the castle's VIP guests.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Moscow, Russia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“No as shining as it could be”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Although some botanic highlights like ancient flora, blooming hibiscus and lotus were there, overall shape is quite poor, many plants are in poor shape. Definitely need better specialists and more money to look after. But what is really awful, is services around these gardens. A restaurant service maid "did not understand" that I asked for a big glass bottle of mineral water and constantly referred to small plastic bottles in the fridge. In the gift shop "it was not allowed" to look inside schemes and plans as "everything is clear from outside" In a bookshop few kilometers to the orth, I was allowed to checked, find and buy the map I exactly looked for, so the problem is "specific" to that place. Finally, the SOLE parkomat is loated inside the ticketing building, with no signs about that, so upon return to the parking one eeds to ask about its location and thn travel back 500-1000 meters to pay.
Definitely wasted half a day.

Visited August 2013
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Colourful and exquisite!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We visited in late July, and the gardens were so beautiful. There are a number of trails through the grounds (including lots of steps!!) which offer fantastic views. It was extremely hot the day we visited so we couldn't cope with too much walking but you could spend a whole day here taking everything in!

Visited July 2013
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We have been here before and it is wonderful to see how it has grown over the years. It costs 11 euros each adult to get in and 3 to park. It is a great day out and has a Tourism Museum on site, which is brilliant and very well laid out. Both the gardens and the museum have information in English too. In the garden the info is on triangular boards, which you need to turn to get the English translation. We used to live near Trentham Gardens near Stoke, which has an "Italian Garden" and that costs £8.00 to get in. Trautmansdorf is about 100 times more fantastic - If you haven’t been and are in the area it is a must see.

Visited August 2013
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Eilat, Israel
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132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Don't miss but do not expect much English to be spoken there”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The garden is just amazing, I could spend there easily full day unless the kids were nudging to keep on going,

Panoramic views, hiking routes, small lake, botanic garden and much more...

The only point disturbs is that English language signs / assist / at the Multimedia sites is almost never available

Visited July 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Very interesting historical castle.”
Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

The castle is beautiful. At the time we visited there was an exhibition about the last 200 years of tourism in the South Tyrol. I don't know if this is a permanent feature. It is a very interesting exhibition. Also contained some information about Empress Elizabeth of Austria who rented the castle for a time.
The most beautiful feature however are the botanical gardens. I wish it wasn't so hot when we visited but we still enjoyed it very much.

Visited July 2013
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