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Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare) Tours

Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare)
The extravagant 19th-century Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare) is set on the Grignano promontory above the Gulf of Trieste and has beautiful interiors and 54 acres of grounds and botanical gardens. Home to the Habsburg family until the 20th century, this sumptuous noble residence offers a fascinating glimpse into royal life.

The Basics
Designed by Austrian architect Carl Junker, Miramare Castle (Castello di Miramare) is unlike any other in Italy, for its white stone towers and Gothic-, Medieval- and Austrian-inspired architecture at once contrasts with and complements the Mediterranean landscape. The Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria (later Emperor Maximilian of Mexico) and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, had the castle built in 1860, and today visitors can tour its well-preserved rooms, all filled with original furniture, tapestries, and decor. The surrounding Miramare Park, set along a paved walkway with impressive views of the Adriatic Sea, is a beautiful expanse of grounds dotted with sculptures, ponds, and fountains.

You can visit Miramare Castle on its own or part of a larger tour of Trieste that also includes the elegant Piazza Unità d'Italia and the Cathedral of San Giusto. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kids will enjoy roaming Miramare’s grounds, as well as the castle’s stunning architecture. 
  • The castle and grounds are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Large backpacks, bags, and umbrellas must be left at the museum cloakroom.
  • There’s a souvenir shop inside the museum and a coffee shop in the garden.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the castle, but the views from the grounds make for spectacular photos.

How to Get There
Miramare Castle is located on Viale Miramare just north of Trieste and across the border from Slovenia. There are local bus and train routes that run between the center of Trieste and Miramare, but the best way to reach the castle is by joining a tour or shore excursion that includes transportation. In summer, there’s ferry service from Trieste to Grignano Bay.

When to Get There
One of the highlights of the castle is its extensive grounds, so time a visit for a clear day with mild temperatures so you can explore at your leisure.

The Castle Interiors
The interior décor was the work of Franz Hofmann and his son, Julius. The ground-floor private apartments of Maximilian and Charlotte have an intimate, informal atmosphere, while the upper floor, once dedicated to receiving guests, is filled with sumptuous furnishings decorated with the family's coats of arms and tapestries incorporating imperial crests.
Address: Viale Miramare, Trieste, Italy
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Miramare Castle Entrance Ticket

Visit Miramare Castle, a striking white structure with Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance design elements overlooking the Trieste Gulf on the Adriatic Sea. Built by Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg during the late 1850’s, the castle is surrounded by rare and exotic plants and trees collected by the Duke, who was a renowned world explorer.
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Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle

This magical Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle is ideal for travelers interested in historic architecture and magnificent scenery. Avoid the stress of busy public transport, and instead travel easily between sites in a comfortable vehicle, with pickup and drop-off included. The tour will showcase seaside scenery, caves, castles, mountains, and parks. You’ll avoid waiting in long visitor lines at Miramare Castle, as entrance tickets are included.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Schloss Miramare und der Park

Bei einer individuellen Führung durch das Schloss Miramare können Sie die die einstigen Gemächer von Erzherzog Maximilian (dem späteren Kaiser von Mexiko) und seiner Gattin Charlotte erkunden. Allein die spektakuläre Lage dieses Märchenschlosses mit seinem üppigen Park ist einen Besuch wert – und ich werde Ihnen gerne die tragische Geschichte des in Mexiko ermordeten Erzherzogs und seiner dem Wahn verfallenen Frau erzählen.
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Trieste and the Postojna quarries

The guided tour of the city of Trieste is perfect to learn about the various uses and customs of this city that has always been a commercial and cultural meeting point for different cultures. The tour continues to the castle of Miramare and to the caves of Postumia, where you can choose to visit these places also inside them.
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Attraction Tickets

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Skip-the-line to Miramare Castle w/ private transfer from Trieste train station

Avoid the stress of planning, waiting in long taxi queues and haggling for prices at the train station...By booking this comfortable private transfer, you'll be taken care of straight from Trieste train station until you reach Castello di Miramare. Once you get there, your private driver will provide you with the skip-the-line tickets to visit this beautiful castle.You'll then be free to start the visit by yourself, following the signs inside the castle and deciding what you prefer to see and how much time to dedicate to each room. Keep in mind that there are over 20 rooms in the castle! You might wanna save a bit more time for the particularly valuable Maximilian's Rooms, among which the bedroom, furnished as a ship's cabin, and the "Throne Room". Don't forget to take a look at the large park surrounding the castle, an English-style and Italian-style garden, rich in rare plants, sculptures and ponds, which goes down towards the sea with wide steps.
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Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide

The port town of Trieste is known for its scenic waterfront, historic monuments, and lively piazzas. This hop-on hop-off bus tour is ideal for first-time visitors, offering the convenience of a guided tour but the flexibility of independent sightseeing. Valid for 24 hours, you can stay on-board and listen to the audio commentary, or jump off at any of the 16 stops to visit sights such as Venezia Square, Miramare Castle, and the Grande Canal.
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Beautiful Trieste from the sea wonderfull tour

It will be a relaxing sailing experience in the Gulf of Trieste.We will organize everything to start our navigation according to the direction and intensity of the wind.We will sail on a special boat, which will give you excellent hospitality and a feeling of relaxation, where swimming and snorkeling is a great experience thanks to the crystal clear water that characterizes the area. During sailing, you will be instructed on the basic principles of sailing, on how a sailboat works and on the function and use of different maneuvers; you will be invited to actively participate in the conduct of the boat (sails adjustment, turns etc.) and moreover you will admire breathtaking landscapes. If we are lucky, we will see dolphins or some weights!
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