MIRAMARE Castle, Trieste

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    Castle Miramare

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    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.

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    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

    Website: http://www.castello-miramare.it/

    Castle Miramare Castle Miramare: Entrance to the castle grounds Castle Miramare and park Castle Miramare and park Castle Miramare and park
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    MIRAMARE

    by olja1234 Updated May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    MIRAMARE

    by olja1234 Updated May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    MIRAMARE

    by olja1234 Updated May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    MIRAMARE

    by olja1234 Updated May 18, 2008

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    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.

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    North Adriatic seascape & castle entrance

    by hundwalder Updated May 14, 2006

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    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.

    Trieste sea coast & castello villa gate
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    Opulent romantic hideaway

    by rexvaughan Updated Oct 27, 2005

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    This is a great place to see how the other half lives. Actually the castle is pretty and obviously done without much consideration of cost, but the surrounding grounds and gardens with magnificent views of the bay are really what captivated me. It was built in the mid 19th C by Maximilian of Hapsburg fame (Franz Josef's brother) as what someone called a "love nest" for Max and his wife, the comely Princess Charlotte of Belgium. It was here that a delegation from Mexico hatched with Max the plan for him to become Emperor of Mexico.

    The grounds as I understand it were laid out and planted by Maximilian who also designed the castle. Thus there is an amazing collection of trees and plantings. There is also a small chapel and a bronze statue of Maximilian. At the end one of the formal gardens is a nice little restaurant with a great view over the garden and the bay.

    View from the castl window View of the castle from the marina Garden gate The harbor just down from the castle Big brother Maximillian

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    Miramare's Gardens

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 25, 2004

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    I think the most best part of the entire trip to Miramare is the gardens surrounding the castle, not the castle itself. Don't get me wrong, the castle is wonderful, but the gardens are truly exquisite. Nice trails winding underneath the shade of the trees and stunning flowers line the entire walk. Don't rush through just to see the castle, take your time outside it!

    The Gardens at Miramare

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    Miramare Castle Information

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 25, 2004

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    Built from 1856-1860, the castle was destined to be the home of the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg. As you stroll through the castle, you are transported back to the mid-1800's as all of the original furniture, even including the piano the archduke played, are still in pristine condition. With views out of the windows that are second to none, one wonders why anyone would ever want to leave, which the archduke did to become the Emperor of Mexico.

    Tours of the castle are possiblefrom 9 - 19 every day, though the ticket office closes at 18.30.

    Entrance is 4 Euro, with discounts for various EU groups, senior citizens and children.

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    Miramare Castle

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 15, 2006

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    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.

    Miramare Castle Memorial to US soldiers who served in Trieste
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    Miramare Castle

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 25, 2004

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    Perched on a cliff just a short ride from the center of Trieste is Miramare Castle. It is set on beautiful grounds and the gardens are really spectacular in summer. Initially, the entire area was bare rock, but at the behest of the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg, for whom the castle was built, lush vegetation was brought in, and the result today are the amazing gardens through which you can take a stroll.

    Miramare's Coastline

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    Riviera di Barcalo

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 25, 2004

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    Though I drove to the Miramare Castle, bypassing much of this area, the Riviera di Barcalo is the place where the Trieste regattas take place and is a beautiful promenade along the sea. This riviera ends at the Miramare Castle.

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    Castello Miramare; closeup of front section.

    by hundwalder Updated Jun 2, 2005

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    Castello Miramare may well have the fanciest rook of any castle or castle like palace ever built. The rook was Maxamillian's pride and joy. Legend has it that he spent hours on end sitting on the rook top balcony, gazing out to sea and dreaming about being a being a great military hero.

    By the way castello Miramare was built only to look like a very posh military fortress, and never to serve as one. You can't imagine how much Max wished he could have taken his castle like villa to Mexico with him when he moved there to start his new job as emporer of that North American country.

    more later !

    Castello Miramare rook, front parlor, kitcenette
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    Castello Miramare

    by shellybelly567 Updated Oct 16, 2003

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    Castello Miramare% is a short walk down the beach from Ostello della Gioventu Tergeste. After having spent the last month visiting gothic and baroque cathedrals and castles, the architectural style of Castello Miramare was a refreshing change.

    The Castle is situated directly on the ocean and has beautiful gardens surrounding it. It also has a rather large nature preserve surrounding it, complete with interpretive centers.

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    Castel Miramare western view

    by hundwalder Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Castel Miramare stands tall like a great sentinal overlooking the Bay of Trieste. Miramare was actually built as as a grand palace and not as the fortress that it somewhat resembles. Construction of the palace started in 1856 and was completed in only four years. As was the case with all of the numerous Habsburg palaces, no expense was spared in the construction of Miramare. The quality of the stone masonary work was second to none. The palace interiors are breathtaking.

    Don't miss the opportunity to walk through the perfectly landscaped grounds which are now a public park and botanical gardens. Explore the castle gardens, park, and the castle exterior all free of charge.

    Castel Miramare looking toward Trieste
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