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Die Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff / I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff / The Gardens of Traut

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Italy - Meran / Merano

Institution Code: TRAU

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Die Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff / I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff / The Gardens of Traut

In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, plants from all over the world are gathered together and typical landscapes of South Tyrol are presented. Paths meander uphill through water and terraced gardens, leading to the Sensual Garden or the Japanese Garden, to the cacti and succulents mound or to cultivated plants of the south, like the olive tree and the grapevine.
A hundred and fifty years ago, the first exotic plants were brought to Merano and planted here and there in the extensive parks of the resort. In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, however, the plants are arranged according to their country of origin, taking into account the relationships between natural vegetation, climate, locality and human influence. Hence, natural habitats such as the Japanese alluvial forest are found alongside rice terraces and tea plantations. The climatic conditions in Merano have proven particularly favourable; it has the mildest winters in the German-speaking part of Europe. Therefore, many things can be realised here which would be impossible north of the Alps.

Main Address:
Die Gärten von Schloss Trauttmansdorff / I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff / The Gardens of Traut
St. Valentin Str. 51a Via San Valentino
Meran / Merano
39012 Italy

Telephone: +00 39 (0) 473 235730
Fax: +00 39 (0) 473 235731
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Klaus Platter
    Curator's Name: Dr Karin Kompatscher
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr Karin Kompatscher
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 20
    Educational Staff Number: 14
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 9

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2001
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 46.6552
    Longitude: 11.1880
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 370

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No