SCENIC DRIVE IN SOUTH TYROL BETWEEN ALPINE PASSES & CASTLES
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Left behind Castelchiaro here you are on the roads full of bends and curves to Mendel Pass and Gampen Pass with exciting ascents and panoramic descents that lead to Castel Trauttmansdor and its fabulous gardens. Built-in the 1300s it became famous for hosting Elisabeth of Bavaria, the mythical "Sissi". The empress visited it every year for twenty years, transforming the nearby town of Merano into the most loved spa town by the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Even today the botanical gardens of the castle, as well as the interiors are known for their outstanding beauty and are destinations for many visitors coming to South Tyrol from all over Europe and beyond.
A few tens of kilometers ahead Castel Tirolo appears. It is one of the oldest castles in South Tyrol, it dates back to the year 1000. Today it houses the Historical-Cultural Museum of the province of Bolzano, and it is open from 15 March to December.
Shortly after there is Schlandersberg castle, built in the 13th century. In 1999 it was renovated and luxury homes were created, so, it cannot be visited. From there, the road that climbs to Jaufenpass is full of curves and switchbacks where you can enjoy again the stunning Alpine panoramas.
After passing the town of Vipiteno, another panoramic road will take you back to Brenner pass, where this tour through the Alpine passes and the Dolomites of South Tyrol ends.
Start/End: Brenner pass
Tour length: 392 km
Some pictures of the tour:
Castel Trauttmansdor (pic n°1); Castel Wolfsthurn (pic n°2); Castelchiaro Castle (pic n°3);
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Tour: Scenic drive in South Tyrol between Alpine passes & Castles
Category: Country sightseeing tour
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Region: Trentino A.A.(South Tirol) , Italy
Area: The Alps & The Dolomites
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