Empress Elisabeth at Trauttmansdorff
Region: Meran and environs
You are fascinated by the history and beauty of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi? Follow in her footsteps at the botanic gardens of Meran!
At the Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff, visitors and history lovers are granted a very special honour. On this day, you have the opportunity to walk through the gardens together with the famous “Empress Elisabeth”, to take a picture and to learn more about her life and in history in the halls of the Touriseum.
Sissi spent her holidays at Castle Trauttmansdorff in Meran more than once. For several weeks, she resided in the castle, made daily walks among the flowerbeds in the garden and visited the localities in the surrounding area of Meran!
For one day, at the Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff, everything revolves around the Austrian Empress, who contributed significantly to the international fame of the thermal city of Meran. In the area of the botanic gardens and of the Touriseum, many positions recall the numerous visits by Sissi.
Moreover, the Empress Sissi will participate at the Grape Festival in Meran on October 21st, decorating one of the three Trauttmansdorff floats. The event, in honour of Empress Sissi, is realised in collaboration with the cultural route “Sissi’s path”, having taken part of the Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff since many years.
Sissi’s life illustrated at Trauttmansdorff
Sissi travelled to Meran for the first time on October 16th 1870 with the new Brenner Railway, accompanied by a retinue of 102 persons. With her was also her ailing two-year-old daughter Marie Valerie, who recovered from her illness already after eight months in Meran. It was her helping Meran to its international reputation of health resort, which persists until today. As well, Castle Trauttmansdorff has become a very popular and demanded residence among aristocrats and the wealthy.
For the arrival of the Empress, the castle’s rooms had been entirely renovated and magnificently furnished. Even a new court telegraph office with direct connection to Vienna was realised.
Wandering through the botanic gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff, you can visit the terrace and the Sissi throne. These were erected on behalf of Baron von Deuster on the occasion of a feast in 1908, recalling the visit of the imperial couple at Castle Trauttmansdorff. Furthermore, you will love it to walk along Sissi’s path.
In remembrance of the famous guests, the castle houses a permanent exhibition with personal exhibit by the empress since 2008.
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
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