MIRA IL MARE - LOOKING OUT OVER THE SEA!
WHY VISIT CASTELLO MIRAMARE?
RESIDENCE OF ARCHDUKE MAXIMILIAN OF AUSTRIA
The white fairytale castle gets its name from its location. Miramare - overlooking the sea. The castle was built in the mid 19th century by the Habsburg Archduke Maximilian of Austria, brother of Emperor Franz Joseph. He has known here in the early years of his marriage to the Belgian princess Charlotte some happy years before he was sent to Mexico in order to become the Mexican Emperor. Unfortunately, he was killed there at the age of only 35 by the Republican supporters.
His sister in law the famous Sissi, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph came here regularly on a visit.
During World War II it served as a headquarter for the US officers but in the fifties, it was turned into a museum. It is now one of the most visited sights in Italy.
WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?
As is said Castle Miramare is one of the most visited places in Italy. This is partly due to its imaginative architectural style but also thanks to all the original 19th-century furniture which is still present. It is also located in a beautiful spot, on top of a rocky cliff nearby the Grignano fishing village and only 10 kilometers from the capital Trieste, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. In the distance, you can see, on a clear day, the hills of the nearby Slovenian coastline.
The castle is surrounded by a large botanical garden in different styles. Here trees and plants are growing whose seeds come from places all around the world. Some of them were personally planned by Archduke Maximilian.
The castle is open every day of the year except December 25th and January 1st. For more information on the opening hours click on this link.