With so many castles in the area, it is not surprising that many are now hotels and restaurants. Some, like the Schloss Tirol, are museums. The Trauttmansdorff Castle itself is a museum, showcasing the history of tourism in South Tyrol. But it is the botanical gardens surrounding the castle that are what makes this castle worthy of a visit.
With over eighty different garden landscapes, ranging from desert cactuses to greenhouses, the gardens offer one delight after another. Butterflies are a fairly common sight, and there is an enclosure for a few exotic birds. Many of the areas are wheelchair accessible, benches are placed throughout the park and there are views of the surrounding area like you wouldn’t believe.
We spent a good four hours wandering the grounds and taking photos of the view and the plants. It is a bit pricey at 13€ each, but since we were there for so long – I would say it was worth it. Occasionally it would feel crowded but then we’d let a group pass or turn a corner and be by ourselves again.