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    Hafling

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    Houses in Hafling

    Hafling is another small town that is not so far from Merano, it's just about 10 km away. The area is very famous for the Haflinger, a horse that is breed here. When you go walking in the mountain you can see them many places.

    Most people come here for the hiking. The landscape here is absolutly stunning! There are trails for everyone, no matter how fit you are. Of course you can also go horseback riding, if you prefer that. There are also some mountainranges around for those who want to climb.

    From the area you have a great view to many different mountains like; Texelgruppe, Brenta, Ortler, Dolomites and Ötztal Alps.

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    Schloss Schenna

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The entrance to the castle

    One of the main attractions in Schenna is the beautiful castle; Schloss Schenna. It was built in 1350 AD by the Governor of Tyrol. Over the years it was renovated many times, and several noble families have lived there.

    Archduke Johann of Austria took over the castle in 1844 and lived there with his family. Today it is owned by the Count of Meran, and his ancestors took over after the Archduke.

    The castle is just open for visitors from the end of March to the beginning of November.

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    Merano

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Palmtrees in the city

    Merano is often called a "mediterranean city in the Alps" or "where north meets south". Both of these are very good names for the city. In the mountains you can see the snow and glaciers, and in the city you can see palm trees.

    The city is very close to the Alps, but the mountains protect the city and give it a mild and nice Mediterranean-climate all year. It has more than 300 sunny days and very little rain.

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    Schenna

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The town with the castle in the background

    Schenna is a lovely little town close to Merano. It's wonderful to go walking around in the streets there. The town is about 600m above the sea, and is very close to the Sarntaler Alps which makes it great for hiking in the mountain.

    The town has changed very much the last 40 years as it has become more and more popular with tourists. The climate is mild all year, and the possibilites of all kinds of hiking attracts many tourists. But it still has that charming smalltown feeling, and the people are incredibly friendly.

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    The summer- and winterpromenades

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The winterpromenade

    When you pass the Postbrücke that goes over the Passer/Passirio River, you can find the winterpromenade on the right and the summerpromenade on the left side.

    The winterpromenade was built in 1624 and is decorated with typical Süd-Tirol illustrations. It has a roof so that it can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather.

    The summerpromenade is shady, and lies in the middle of evergreen vegetations like bushes, giant trees, different kinds of pines and lots of flowers. The walkway was dedicated to Marie Valerie, who was the daughter of emperor Franz Joseph and empress Elisabeth.

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    Flowers and parks

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    Flowers by the river

    Merano is a really beautiful town. In the center there are different kinds of gardens, parks and promenads. The Passer/Passirio River runs through the city, and there's a lovely promenade next to it.

    The whole city is so charming and beautiful, and everything looks so well-maintained. Many places you can see flower-arrangements like the one on the picture. There are lots of flowers and trees everywhere, and it adds a lot of color to the city.

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    Berghütte

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    One of many bergh��tten in the mountains

    The best thing about walking in the mountains, is when you sit down and relax at one of the many berghütten... ;) It seems like there is at least one place like this along every popular hikingtrail.

    It's great to sit down and take some cheese and wine, or knödel and sauerkraut, at these places. But the absolutely best is whitewine mixed with soda water! I don't remember what they called it, but it's a great drink to take after having walked in the mountains for hours.

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    TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE GARDENS - 2

    by balhannah Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    Now we are on the uphill climb, at least the path is zig-zagged to make it less steep. The steep bank's are covered in flower's, a pity we are a little early in the season to see it at its best, it would be amazing a little later in June.

    As we wind our way up to the first lookout, we get glimpse's of the view, then we reach the viewing point, the view is fantastic!
    We were able to look down and see where we had just walked, and for mile's and mile's across the valley to the Mountain's.
    Now, we are following a path across the hillside to another lookout that actually extend's over the edge of the hill. Hope you aren't frightened, it is quite safe, although some people were too scared to walk on it! Built in 2005, the viewing platform is binocular shape and transparency will give you the feeling of being suspended in mid-air.
    This viewpoint, gives different view's and a great one of the Castle and garden.

    It is a MUST DO to come to this viewpoint.

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    TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE + CHAPEL -6

    by balhannah Written Dec 6, 2011

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    We finished looking at the garden's, and I might add, there is still quite a bit more to what I have written about to see, and now it was time to see the inside of the Castle and the Chapel.

    Originally, Neuberg Castle stood here around 1300 AD. Only a few of the original walls are still visible, including a crypt and a room of frescoes.

    Trauttmansdorrf Castle was first mentioned in the 14th century. The castle was bought by Nikolaus von Trauttmansdorff in 1543 and was abandoned after two generations because the family had no male heir.
    It was in 1846, that Count Joseph von Trauttmansdorff came along, and expanded the dilapidated castle in the neo-Gothic style, then the next owner, Baron Friedrich von Deutser, converted the castle’s east wing into a huge neo-Rococo room.
    Neglected after the World Wars, it was renovated between 2000 and 2003. The façade, chapel, crypt, great Rococo hall, and the second floor – which had been Empress Elisabeth’s living quarters, wood paneling and paintings were restored as well.

    We could go inside the small Chapel, nice, but DO have a looking at the old carved door, it's great!

    The Castle is a Museum.
    It is rather unique the way it has been done. It starts of with lot's case's piled high, then a sculpture of people about to enter the Castle, and from there, the story carries through. We learnt about hard times of travel through the Alp's, about the Spa's and how tourism has taken off here.
    There were 20 rooms to look through.

    So, this concluded our tour of Trauttmansdorff Castle, one that I will never forget.
    I really think you need the good part of a day to see all that is here.

    The Castle is included in the admission price with the garden's.

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    Castel Trauttmansdorff.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    This castle was built on Medieval ruins around 1850. Today it houses the Museum of Tourism. Its name is Touriseum. This museum houses lots of items related to the history of tourism in Alto Adige; pictures, dresses etc.

    Around the castle there is a big botanical garden. Here you can enjoy the so called Garden of the Sun with various kinds of orange, lemon and olive trees. There are two small lakes and one bigger with an islet inside. Among the other spots here you can see a Japanese garden, a catcti area, and an aviary with some parrots and other birds.

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    GARDEN'S OF TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    MY main reason for coming to Merano, was to see the "Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle."

    We had breakfast and then went straight to the garden's. This is a good idea, as the car-park was empty, so we parked nice and close to the Gift shop and admission area. Parking was via a boom -gate. When we came back, the Car park was full, and there were many coach loads of people, I was so glad we were early, and had the garden to ourselve's for awhile.

    These gardens's are advertised as
    "Where over eighty garden worlds with plants from every corner of the globe are nestled into a dramatic twelve-hectare amphitheatre."

    The garden's are located mainly on a hillside, so if you wish to see all of them, you need to be prepared for hill's. They do have rest stops along the path's, and most are paved, and some have steps. I found there was often a easy and a harder route to where I wanted to go.

    Of course, Trauttmansdorff Castle is part of the garden, and entry is included.
    In 2011, the garden's celebrated 10year's, what an achievment!
    The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are located just outside of Merano (Meran) in the formerly Austrian province of South Tyrol. It is not far to go, we could see them from our B&B.

    You need to allow probably at least a minimum of a couple of hour's, at least half a day if you intend to see quite a lot of the garden's.

    OPEN....7 DAYS A WEEK
    1st April –31th October: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    (last entrance 6:00 pm)

    1st November –15th November: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    (last entrance 4:00 pm)

    Fridays in June, July and August: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
    (last entrance 10:00 pm)

    ADMISSION IN 2011.......Adults 10.80 euros

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    ''TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE GARDENS - 4

    by balhannah Updated Dec 7, 2011

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    THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN

    I read the sign, and I wondered what I would find in a forbidden garden!

    And so we entered, this smallish area of the garden. Bizarre creature's stared at me, Death seemed to be evident! The were gruesome looking sculpture's, what was this all about!

    Poisonous Plants! Witches' herb's, Plant's that kill, yes, your right, we found them all in this part of the garden!

    It really was quite an interesting section, one that would make you think twice if you had inquisitive children and you were about to plant a garden. I found some plant's that I have at home, that are poisonous, I was already aware of that, but it was good to see them featured here. I am sure you will be surprised just how many poisonous, cultivated garden plant's there are.

    Here, in this garden, you will follow the footsteps of Belinda – the fairy tale maiden who has as much power as seven witches.

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    JAUFENPASS

    by balhannah Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    If you want to continue on like we did from St. Leonardo in Passiria, then you will see more wonderful scenery along the Jaufenpass. It connects the Eisacktal valley in the east with the Passeiertal valley in the west.
    I think it was lucky for us we were travelling on a week day, as this is a known Motor-bike route, and we did meet a few, but not a lot!

    The pass stretches from St. Leonardo to Sterzing and has some beauties of switchback's. It is narrow and has plenty of curves, so if not a confident driver, perhaps forget about it!

    We headed up the wide curvy road on this side of the Summit, reaching a log cabin on the summit at 2099 metres above sea level. A little bit further on, we find a guesthouse with a big parking lot.
    From here on, the road is narrow with lots of curves and switchback's. We pass through forest, and then it opens up to wonderful views looking down to the Eisacktal valley.

    A scenic Mountain Pass for sure!
    The distance from one end to the other is only 24kms, but remember, it is not fast travel!

    THE PASS IS ONLY OPEN FROM MAY - NOVEMBER

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    TRAUTTMANSDORFF CASTLE GARDENS - 1

    by balhannah Updated Dec 6, 2011

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    My Virtual friend, Will you join me on a walking tour of the Garden's?

    We have paid our entry fee, and now heading across the pedestrian bridge to the Castle. It has flower basket's on either side, and is very pretty. A good place to get some uninterrupted views of the Mountains.
    Once across the Bridge, we turn left and are following that pathway to the Japanese garden and the Fern Glen’s “living fossils.” This a pretty area, mainly green when we were there in June. A waterfall added a nice touch to this very welcoming area on quite a warm day.
    If you have time, there is 12 minute multimedia presentation – shown in German, Italian or English, featuring the earth’s formation and the origins of life.
    If you are here at a different time of the year, you will see Cherry blossom's, Rhododendron's, Ornamental Rice and Tea Terrace's.

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    VISIT LAGUNDO / ALGUND

    by balhannah Written Dec 6, 2011

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    Lagundo is known as the "Garden village" but I think they should make it garden & flower village because it had lot's on nice flower's in the well kept garden's in the village centre.
    The village is set in amongst plenty of vineyards, and nearby are cable cars, and plenty of walking/bike trails.

    We found a paid car park, then walked around the village mall, which was clean and beautifully landscaped. As I like garden's, I thought this was a beaut area.
    There probably isn't much else to do here other than what I have mentioned.
    We did have lunch here, which was good and reasonably priced.
    I noticed there are plenty of Pension's, and outside the Tourist centre, we were shown the board with the "free phone" to ring for accommodation.
    You never know, it may be cheaper staying here, than at nearby Merano

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