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Miramare castle

Miramare Castle, above the sea, is the first glance that you have coming in Trieste driving along the panoramic coastal road.
Castello di Miramare
This majestic white castle, the beloved home of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg (brother of Emperor Franz Joseph), overlooks the sea and is surrounded by a huge park full of rare and exotic tree species collected by the Archduke himself in his scientific expeditions around the world aboard the frigate Novara.

The Castle was built for Maximilian, who fell in love with the view of the small bay and decided to build his home here, where he lived with his wife Charlotte of Belgium.

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Maximilian and Charlotte were able to enjoy their beautiful castle for only four years or so before leaving for Mexico, where Maximilian was crowned Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, only to be executed by firing squad in 1867.
Legend has it that Charlotte, mad with grief, still wanders in the park calling his name.

Their home, a splendid example of an aristocratic 19th century residence, retains all its original interior furnishings.

The beauty of the castle and the park, together with the sad and romantic story of the young imperial couple, still fascinates tourists all over the world and has made it one of the most visited destinations in Europe.
The Miramare Castle reopens on 2 June
After the long-awaited reopening of the Miramare Park, the Castle opens again on 2 June. The date chosen for the resumption of museum services was strongly desired by the Directorate since it is a symbolic day: on June 2 65 years ago, in fact, the rooms of the Miramare Museum opened for the first time.
Even then an emblematic date had been chosen, coinciding with a national holiday of great importance such as the Italian Republic Day.

For the occasion, on the evening of June 1, the Castle, which in this period of lockdown and absence of the affectionate public had remained sadly dark even in the evening, will be illuminated again.

The reopening of the Castle will not take place in the manner preceding the months of the health emergency.
In particular, the opening hours will vary, which in this experimental phase will be from  2pm to 7pm.
There will be only one station for the ticket office protected, such as the bookshop, by a Plexiglas barrier; to avoid queues and limit gatherings, online booking is strongly recommended.

As for the historical park, the necessary safety measures have been adopted: information panels with the prescriptions for the use of masks and the rules of conduct, disinfectant gel dispensers, a transparent barrier positioned on the ticket office.
Opening secondary gates
From 24 June 2020, the cultural site will also be accessible from the secondary entrance gates of the Park (Grignano, ICTP and via Beirut).

In compliance with the regional ordinance, please note that the obligation to wear the mask outdoors has fallen, and this also applies to the Miramare Park, but it is still "recommended" to use it in crowded spaces and when it is not possible respect the interpersonal distance of 1 meter.

Of course, the obligation persists in the Museum and in other closed places.
Miramare, opening from 9am to 7pm on the weekend
After a few weeks of evaluating visitor flows and adjusting to the rules imposed following the Covid emergency, Miramare resumes the usual hours over the weekend. Starting from the weekend of July 4th, in fact, the Castle will open to visitors from the morning.

On Saturdays and Sundays the opening hours to the public will return to be from 9am to 7pm, last entry at 6:30pm as always.
As for the other days (Monday to Friday) at the moment the visiting hours will remain from 2pm to 7pm.

From this Saturday, moreover, the modalities of entry have changed slightly, eliminating the chronological scan currently in force and keeping only interpersonal distancing mandatory. Visitors to the Castle will then be admitted respecting the distance of 2 meters from each other, with the exception of family and allied groups.

Small groups of people up to 8 (paying) are allowed to enter both for guided tours and for reservations (the booking system is being improved to avoid overlaps). Finally, the guided tours must be managed by the guides so that the explanations take place as much as possible outside (as an introduction) and in the larger rooms.

Obviously, the temperature measurement at the entrance of the Castle by an operator in charge remains in force, the obligation to use the mask inside the museum rooms and the hand hygiene at the entrance.
Castello di Miramare - Parco di Miramare
viale Miramare
34151 Trieste
tel. +39 040 224143

admission fee
opening hours and admission price on the museum website

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