• The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle
  • The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle
  • The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle
  • The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle
  • The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle
  • The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle

Cultural & nature tips for Schenna & surroundings

The gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle

The botanical gardens of Trautmansdorff Castle are easily accessible from the Hotel Erzherzog Johann by car or by bus (direct line from Schenna: the bus stop is just a few metres from the hotel). In 2005, the gardens were awarded the title of “most beautiful gardens in Italy”. Covering over twelve hectares, they offer visitors the chance to experience “the whole world in a garden”. Exotic ornamental plants from the Mediterranean regions thrive here along with hardy Alpine plants.


The gardens are arranged according to the complex interplay of the natural vegetation, the climate, people and location. There are 11 pavilions providing a comprehensive botanical overview, while the castle dominates the surrounding gardens. Count Trauttmansdorff had it rebuilt from its medieval ruins, and the Austrian Empress Sissi twice stayed here for her winter cure. It has now been converted into a museum that portrays the lively 200-year history of tourism in South Tyrol.

There is a viewing platform at the end of the Sissi Promenade offering a panoramic view of the gardens from above. Designed by the famous architect Matteo Thun, it is nicknamed “Matteo Thun’s lookout” in his honour.

More information at: www.trauttmansdorff.it

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