Prince’s Castle

Meran, Italy

Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, had this modest castle (Landesfürstliche Burg) built in central location of Meran in the second half of the 15th century. He probably used this fortress behind the town hall as his private city residence. However, this ensemble of buildings rather resembles an artistically designed, solid building with low enclosure than a fully-developed castle. For this reason it is simply often referred to as “residence”.

Up to the 16th century the Prince’s Castle remained a royal residence. In 1516 also Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, resided in the castle. As the building repeatedly changed hands, it started deteriorating in the course of the centuries. In 1875 the city of Merano purchased the building. Between 1878 and 1880 a restoration period followed, based on the drawings of the internationally famous architect Friedrich von Schmidt, who also directed the renovations of the Dome of Vienna. When these renovations came to an end, the castle was opened also for the public. Today it hosts the Prince’s Castle Museum.

Its wood-panelled ancient parlours, tiled stoves, bedrooms and maiden rooms provide an interesting insight into the life in Mediaeval times. The furniture, however, dates back to the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Also some weapons such as lances and halberds have been preserved. Moreover there is a little chapel decorated with frescoes dating back to the 16th century.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Janet Souza (11 months ago)
Beautiful and extensive gardens. Everything was very well-cared for and maintained. The Tourism Museum in the castle was an unexpected treat . . . Highly recommend visiting this attraction if you're in the region.
Miss Sunshine (11 months ago)
Wow WHAT A PLACE, had a great time. Been there for 4,5 hour ( it was a hot day 33 degrees ) The only thing I’m mad off is that I climbed all the way to the birds and when i was finally all the way up it was closed for technical reason grrrr why could anyone tell me that at the entrance. Not cool! But further it was a beautiful spot!
Denys Babenko (12 months ago)
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, located in the town of Merano (Meran) in northern Italy, is a botanical garden nestled into a twelve-hectare amphitheatre with an altitude differential of 100 meters. Trauttmansdorff offers spectacular views of exotic gardens and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and the spa resort town of Merano.
Fiona Reynolds (13 months ago)
Beautiful place. Easily reached from Bolzano by public transport. Stunning gardens and a very nice restaurant. Not sure the catering options can cater for demand on a hot sunny day at peak hours but once late afternoon arrives, a table is easy to find and a light, late lunch is just delicious. Try the Trauttmansdorff Sundae but don't eat anything before you do!
Николь Уткина (14 months ago)
This place is very beautiful! I advise you to visit all 12 castles.
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