Castello di Miramare

  Viale Miramare      +39 041 277 0470     more than a year ago
 In Europe, there are definitely larger castles, more historically important castles, and castles with more renowned royal occupants, however, given Miramare's position almost just metres above the Mediterranean Sea, with Trieste spread out before it to the south and the snow-capped Dolomites serving as a backdrop to the north, not to mention its unique architectural heritage and short but tumultuous history, for our money there is no finer castle anywhere on the continent.

Built in the mid-19th century to serve as the private residence of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian (the younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph) and his new wife, Charlotte of Belgium, the castle's architecture is a direct reflection of Maximilian's somewhat eclectic tastes, combining elements the Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance schools that were popular amongst Habsburg nobility at the time. Completed in 1860, the young couple would spend only a few years here, as Maximilian became the Emperor of Mexico in 1864, and quite infamously met his demise only a few years later at the ands of republican forces.

In the following decades Miramare was used as the occasional holiday residence by less foolhardy members of the Habsburg family, with Franz Ferdinand staying here only two months before his own assassination in Sarajevo. After WWI, the castle was partially opened to the public, and then served as the residence of various occupying forces (Germans, New Zealanders, the English and finally Americans) during and after WWII, before being returned to Italian control in 1954. The park grounds and castle museum were duly restored and reopened to the public one year later.



Open 09:00-19:00, Mon 14:00-19:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission €6/4, €1 for EU citizens under 18 or over 65. Audio-guides €3.50, and guided tours €4 with advanced booking.


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