From the Middle Ages to the 21st century - castles and fortresses near Hotel Tyrol

Round about Hotel Tyrol you can visit and wonder at the mighty remnants from when South Tyrol was a land of castles and fortresses in the Middle Ages. Schenna Castle lies right in the village – but there are lots of castles and fortresses worth visiting in the surrounding area, in Vinschgau and in Bozen.

Castle Juval in South Tyrol, Messner Mountain Museum

The Juval Castle

The museum in Juval Castle in Vinschgau is dedicated to the Magic of the Mountain and houses several fine art collections: a Tibetica collection, a gallery of paintings of the world’s holy mountains, a collection of masks from five continents, a unique Gesar of Ling exhibition, a Tantra Room and the Expedition Cellar. Trained guides are available to explain all the exhibits. There is also a small mountain zoo, home-grown produce at the Schlosswirt tavern, excellent wines in Unterortl and, at the foot of the hill, a farmhouse shop. Juval Castle always makes a big impression in so many ways.

Castle Schenna in Schenna near Meran, South Tyrol

Schenna Castle

The mighty buildings of Castle Schenna just above the city of Meran are still partly surrounded by a moat. Using the bridge, you will come to the entrance of Castle Schenna and from there, if you pass the dungeon, you’ll arrive in the courtyard. An open staircase will lead you to the castle chambers. Castle Schenna in South Tyrol is open for guided tours. Only the wing containing the private rooms of the count’s family remains closed to the public. The halls and grand chambers are home to a painting and portrait gallery, a weapons collection, as well as numerous art-historic objects of Tyrolean history.

Castle Tirol near Meran, holiday in South Tyrol, Italy

Tirol Castle

The inner bailey consists of the south palace with its chapel; the east palace; the walkway along the battlements; the refectory; the keep; the kitchen yard and the farm buildings. The visitor tour shows the national history of Tyrol from its beginnings to the heyday of the castle in the Middle Ages, systems of law and order, the castle’s decline and restoration, everyday life in the Middle Ages, contemporary history and a wing for special exhibitions. The inner courtyard with its shop and café is a green oasis where you can spend time in the shade of the trees by the gurgling fountain, reading, recuperating or just doing nothing.

CastleTrauttmansdorff in Meran, botanic garden

Trauttmanns- dorff Castle

Welcome to Merano’s Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

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.

Colorful plants from all around the world thrive and bloom in Trauttmansdorff’s more than eighty garden landscapes. Ideal for both children and adults as well as for botany experts and laymen alike, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle is a unique blend of botanical garden and recreational attraction. Multifaceted Experience Stations, spectacular themed gardens, Artist Pavilions and intriguing animals turn the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle – within easy walking distance from Merano – into a colorful world where visitors enjoy a variety of different experiences. The Touriseum, South Tyrol’s Province Museum of Tourism, covers 200 years of tourism history in Tyrol and Merano in a very engaging way.