The eclectic Castle Miramare was built between 1856 and 1860 by the architect Carl Junker as the luxurious residence for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium.
The castle is surrounded by a 22 hectar large park, which is home to numerous exotic trees and plants as well as a small castle, where Charlotte lived after her return from Mexico.
When I visited the castle on an early evening in June 2012 I was quite surprised to see that entrance to the castle grounds and the park was free. I wasn't really interested in visiting the castle itself as it was a lovely sunny day, just perfect for exploring the castle grounds and surrounding park.
Castle Miramare stands on a rocky cliff overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. The castle is located about 10 km north of Trieste's city centre. It can be reached by bus #36, which leaves every 20 minutes from the square Piazza Oberdan and serves a route via the train station along the coast road Viale Miramare.
Address: Castle Miramare, Parco di Miramare, Viale Miramare, 34151 Trieste
The area of sea surrounding the castle is populated by every species of sea organism existing in this part of the Adriatic sea. Therefor the Miramare Sea Park was created in 1973.
Miramare castle and its beautiful park, is really a "must see" if you visit Trieste.
The interior of the castle contains numerous works of art, and clearly reflects the taste and the habits of the Vienna Court. A great care has been taken on improving the castle.
On the photo, there is a part of the library with wooden ceilininng and the beautiful chandelier.
The Miramare castle is not too luxurious, but its location is increadible. From every corner of the castle there is a view onto the sea. The castle is suirrounded by a beautiful Park and at the time I visited Miramare it was blossoming with spring flowers.
Miramare castle is the famous residence of Maximilian of Habsburg and his consort, Charlotte of Belgium. The castle was built between 1856 and 1860 by Cari Junker. It is faced with bright Istria stone.
The Miramare Castle stands at the end of Riviera di Barcola, it was love nest of Maximilian of Hapsburg and Charlotte of Belgium. The castle was designed by architect Carl Junker in a Gothic style. Nowadays it houses Museum of Monuments and Fine Arts Service.
Many pitoresque corners can be seen around the castle, such as the pond of the swans and that of the lotus floewrs. However, the most beautiful part, at least to me, is the seashore which surrounding the castle.
Do not miss to check the fountain, situated in a beautiful park which leads to the small port bellow the castle. The castle was built in the most beautiful part of Riviera di Barcola and has its own beach.
It subsequently became Amedeo of Aosta's residenceand, nowadys is a museum entrusted to the Monuments and Fine Arts Service andits halls are open to the public.
BTW, it is not allowed takeing the picture inside of the castle area but I couldn't resisted.
Here the visit of the Mexican delegation marked the starting point of that process which was to lead both of them to a tragical ending, which drew a veil of romantic melancholy over the castle.
Here in the Castle the prince and princess, still hesitant facing the choice between a retired life and their court duties but already prepared to take on the honour and burden of the Mexican crown, lived a short happy period.
The Castello Miramare stands out at the end of the Riviera di Barcola. It is snow-white and surrounded by the sea, whose waves break against the rock of the basement.
It is probably the most attractive and the most beautiful building in Trieste.
The Miramare Castle, located outside Trieste on the Adriatic coast, is surrounded by 22 hectares of lush gardens which are open to the public. There are plenty of paved walkways that criscross the gardens and give you easy access to their highlights.
Miramare Castle is a small castle located on the Italian coast about 5-10 kilometers northwest of downtown Trieste. The castle sits in the middle of 22 hectares of lush gardens, which are open to the public. The castle building itself has about 25 rooms, which are all richly decorated and worth touring.
Miramare Castle's most famous resident was Maximillian, who later became the ill-fated emperor of Mexico (he was killed in office after a brief reign). After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the castle was inhabited by the Duke of Savoy and his family. In the 1950s, it became a museum.
You can take city bus #36 from Trieste centro to Castello Miramare. It is an westbound bus that you can board directly across the street from the train and bus terminal. Buy city bus tickets and get your free tourist map at the friendly tourist info. center inside the train station. ( You cannot buy a ticket on board a city bus, so you need to buy a ticket or a public transportation pass before the bus arrives ).
A great alternative to riding the bus is to walk to the villa on the beautifully landscaped pedestrian promenade that borders the clean public beaches that stretch from central Trieste to the aquatic life center and Castello Miramare. Pay no mind to the tourism gods that tell you that the north Adriatic Sea is polluted. The blue waters that you see in this photo are not very polluted. Forested hills rise steeply from the water's edge near Miramare, but they are not nearly as impressive or picteresque as the nearby sea cliffs and castle of Duino near Malfalcone.
Shown in the photo is the entrance to Castello Miramare, and the royal horse stables, which now house exhibitions.