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Sonnenburg Castle

The impressive castle that is enthroned above St. Lorenzen in Pustertal looks back on an eventful history – and on a quite grandiose career from a knight’s castle to a luxury hotel.

The imposing castle rises exactly there, where the river Gader of the homonymous valley ends in the Rienz, the main stream of the Pustertal. However, for a long time it wasn’t a well-fortified fortress or a noble knight’s, but a monastery with many myths and legends. For around 50 years, the time-honoured walls have housed a luxurious hotel, which is currently being renovated.

Thick walls and artful arches, Gothic corridors, boarded snuggeries and precious ceiling frescos, the flowery decorated courtyard and the crypt with worth seeing Romanesque paintings forebode how chevaliers and nun once lived. A special attraction is also the abbess’ herb garden, which was re-erected next to the curtain wall on the south side, comprising about 200 medicinal herb of the tradition of Hildegard of Bingen.

History of Sonnenburg Castle

About 1,000 years ago Otwin, the earl of Lurn and Pustertal passed the so called “Suanapurc” on to his son Volkhold. But he didn’t keep hold of the castle, but turned it quickly into a Benedictine cloister. Volkhold henceforth lived as anchorite and the monastery, which was high in commodities and rights, evolved into a reputable convent, joined mainly by noble ladies.

Some tales of that time assert that the nuns – used to have comfort and enjoyments – didn’t want to stick to the strict rules of enclosure, fast etc. For this reason in the 15th century the abbess Verena of Stuben clashed with Nikolaus Cusanus, bishop of Brixen and in the end the abbess was excommunicated by the pope.

In 1785 the monastery near St. Lorenzen was closed and meantime Sonnenburg Castle was used as military hospital and poorhouse. Finally the castle began to decay, but the businessman Karl Knötig bought it up. He carefully rebuilt it and in 1974 he opened it as four-star hotel.

The hotel is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen to guests in 2024.

Bruneck Kronplatz tourism
Bruneck Kronplatz tourism
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Sonnenburg Castle
Sonnenburg Castle

Sonnenburg Castle near St. Lorenzen is situated in St. Lorenzen at the entrance to Gader valley. Today, it is a well-known luxury and gourmet hotel.

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Sonnenburg Castle
Sonnenburg Castle

Sonnenburg Castle is enthroned at the entrance of Gadertal Valley above St. Lorenzen. Where knights and monks had lived once, travellers are today pampered in a luxury hotel.

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WINKLER Sport & Spa Resort - St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
WINKLER Sport & Spa Resort
St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
4.7 Excellent

In our exclusive wellness and family hotel in Stefansdorf nearby Mt. Kronplatz, you will stay in elegant rooms and suites, which bring your holidays in South Tyrol to a new level.

from 135 € per day
Hotel Martinerhof - St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
Hotel Martinerhof
St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
4.5 Excellent

We are a small-sized hotel with very friendly employees striving to make our guests’ holiday as unforgettable as possible. This is what we stand for.

from 70 € per day
Ansitz Wildberg - St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
Ansitz Wildberg
St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
4.5 Excellent

Luxurious suites and comfortable apartments in historical premises with pool, saunas, large playground and zoo.

from 50 € per day
Wirtshaushotel Alpenrose - St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
Wirtshaushotel Alpenrose
St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
4.6 Excellent

A warm and dignified atmosphere and real friendliness: these are the ingredients for a relaxing holiday in Pustertal.

from 70 € per day