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Castles in South Tyrol

South Tyrol – the land of mountains – is also the land of castles and manors. The historical buildings invite to discover the exciting history of South Tyrol and give the picturesque landscape a mystical aura.

With around 800 castles, South Tyrol offers a fascinating treasure, fascinating countless visitors every year. Enchanted ruins by the wayside tell about princesses, knights and robbers. Many lovingly renovated castles in South Tyrol are restaurants, castle hotels or museums and open for visitors. Some of them are still inhabited by the castle lords and function as summer residence.

In summer, the famous extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner lives at Castel Juval in Kastelbell-Tschars, at the entrance of Schnalstal. Here, he has also realised one of his six Messner Mountain Museums. Two other museums by Messner are located at Castle Bruneck and at Castle Sigmundskron near Bozen.

In the south of Bozen, around Eppan, visitors are able to see 200 castles and manors. This is why the area is the most castle-populated region in Europe, offering many well-known excursions and interesting cultural attractions. A recommendation for families is the castle hike in Eppan.

South Tyrolean Castle Institute

Since 1963, the South Tyrolean Castle Institute aims at protecting private and public South Tyrolean castles. In addition to professional documentation, restoration and maintenance of Castle Trostburg and Castle Taufers, which are in possession of the institute, the association also engages in creating awareness among its members.

The voluntary association organises exhibitions, seminars and conferences around the topic of castles. As well, it encourages castle publications and the release of ARX magazine (lat. castle). The straight collaboration with other European castle institutes is of high importance in this matter.

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Castle ruins Ortenstein
Castle ruins Ortenstein

Today of the castle remained only the Powder Tower.

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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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Katzenzungen Castle in Prissian
Katzenzungen Castle in Prissian

In the evirons of Katzenzungen Castle, you can also find Versoaln vine, one of the oldest vine in the world.

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Stachelburg Castle
Stachelburg Castle

boasts elements of early Renaissance

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Castle Bruneck
Castle Bruneck

Castle Bruneck is the most important landmark of Bruneck and offers one of South Tyrol's Messner Mountain Museums.

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View of the Castle of Brunico / Bruneck
View of the Castle of Brunico / Bruneck

The Castle dominates the Val Pusteria/Pustertal and the town of Brunico/Bruneck.

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Sigmundskron Castle
Sigmundskron Castle

Today, the late-medieval castle is the forth museum by alpinist Reinhold Messner, inaugurated in 2006.

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Castle Welsperg
Castle Welsperg

the oldes castle of Pustertal valley

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Maretsch Castle - Bozen
Maretsch Castle - Bozen

Today, the picturesque Rennaissance building is a famous event location and conference centre.

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Castle Welsperg
Castle Welsperg

Today, the oldest castle of Hochpustertal is open for visitors. As well, it offers expositions and various events mainly in summer.

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Ciastel de Tor
Ciastel de Tor

Ciastel de Tor is a castle in Gadertal valley, which today accommodated the Ladin Museum.

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Castle Trauttmansdorff
Castle Trauttmansdorff

The gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff

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Reifenstein Castle
Reifenstein Castle

Reifenstein Castle is situated in Freienfeld. It is the best preserved castle in South Tyrol, as it was never conquered and destroyed.

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Churburg castle
Churburg castle

Churburg castle in Schluderns

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