For those arriving there by land or sea, the appearance of the white stone castle is dazzling and surreal. The castle stands magnificently over the Gulf of Trieste, perfectly preserved and restored. At its foot, a parterre of perfect geometries leads to the 22-hectare park, the pride, as well as the Castle, of the city of Trieste and its inhabitants. Miramare Castle dates back to 1860, when Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg had it built as his residence. Today, the castle opens its doors daily to those who wish to visit it.
A tour of the castle traces the history of Maximilian of Habsburg, his travels and his many interests. The style of the stately home also reflects this, with its fusion of Gothic, medieval and Renaissance architectural elements.
From the tip of Grignano, on which the castle stands, there is a spectacular view of the Gulf of Trieste and the surrounding nature. The water laps against the rocky shores of the promontory, creating a stark contrast to the typical evergreen vegetation.
Miramare Castle has a splendid and vast park that can be freely visited. Walking through the park allows you to admire the wide variety of plants and flowers and explore the avenues, discovering the many sculptures and fountains.
The interiors of Miramare Castle tangibly express its creator’s elegant style and love of beauty. Maximilian of Habsburg was a cultured and talented person, an aesthete fascinated by different styles and endowed with numerous interests, and a great traveler. As for the botanical species in his garden, the archduke, from his travels, brought back many works of art and an endless array of furnishings. All of this is perfectly preserved in the 22 rooms that can be visited in the castle; the artifacts are period originals and are displayed in the different rooms, including the throne room.
The approximately one-hour tour traces the history of Maximilian and his travels through the works he collected around the world.
From the castle parterre, the sculpture of the Amazon on horseback welcomes visitors to the 22-hectare park created by Maximilian of Habsburg along with his mansion. The archduke wanted to create a park that, tracing the style of the castle, would be as grand as the European gardens of the time. The park is lush, filled with valuable botanical species, fountains and ponds. Along the avenues, many sculptures tracing classical marbles or famous period sculptures are discovered. In spring, the park bursts with colors and scents, and as you walk through it, you can still feel its creator’s love of nature, aesthetics and art.
The unit price of the ticket is €12. The cost includes admission to the temporary exhibition set up in the castle exhibition area. Every first Sunday of the month the visit is free. For an additional fee, guided tours or audio guides are available, as well as a shuttle to visit the castle grounds.
Admission to the park is always free.
Reservations are recommended. Tickets can be purchased on the Castle’s website.
Miramare Castle and the park are open year-round, with the exception of December 25 and January 1, with the following opening hours:
Before visiting the castle, check the official Miramare Castle website for updated hours, opening days and prices.
Miramare Castle is located on the promontory of Grignano, about 7 km from Trieste.
In the Grignano area, outside the Castle area, there are several free parking areas. During busy periods, it can be difficult to find unoccupied stalls.
Paid parking is located at the entrance to the castle. It has limited spaces, as a result, it is possible that during busy periods you may have to wait in a column for quite some time before you are able to park. The fee is 2 euros for the first hour, 4 for the second, 7 for the third, 4 from the fourth onward.
Miramare Castle can be visited free of charge every first Sunday of the month. On all other days the entrance fee is 12 euros. Admission to the park is always free.
Miramare Castle and its park can be visited all year round. To fully enjoy the beauty of the park, the winter season is not recommended.
Reservations are recommended, especially during busy periods.
Through this section you can contact Miramare Castle directly. Explorer FVG does not handle responses, nor is it responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.
Historical Museum and the Park of the Castle of Miramare
34151 Trieste (TS)
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