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Kastelbell Castle

Kastelbell Castle is located at the left shore of Etsch river in the homonymous village in Vinschgau. Enthroned on a rugged rock the castle is an appealing contrast to the vineyards and fruit orchard of the surroundings. During guided tours, you can learn more about the castle history and offers a wonderful setting for exhibitions and contrasts.

Mentioned in documents for the first time in 1238, but maybe already earlier, Kastelbell Castle was built by the lords of Montalban. In 1531, after many changes of ownership, the castle passed to the Hendl family. The family made several extensions and modifications.

Decay and reconstruction

Originally, the Hendl family was a simple family that was nominated as counts thanks to their merits in the administration and defence of the region in 1697. After the fires in 1813 and 1824, the Hendl counts rebuilt only a small part of the castle for residential use. Large part of castle decayed.

At the end of decades of legal disputes, count Siegmund von Hendl and the Italian Republic came to terms. This allowed the state to buy the castle and to refurbish it. Since 2008, Kastelbell Castle has been in the possession of the province of South Tyrol. Since 1999, the municipality of Kastelbell-Tschars has entrusted the advisory board Kastelbell Castle with the management and administration of the castle.

Exhibitions and guided tours

With the romantic castle courtyard, the smoke-blackened kitchen and the Roman frescoes in the chapel, Kastelbell Castle in Vinschgau offers many worth-seeing attractions. It is open daily for visitors from the end of April until the end of October, except on Mondays- In addition to the permanent exhibition about the Via Claudia Augusta, there are temporary art exhibition in spring and in autumn. Also, Kastelbell Castle is a famous location for concerts and other cultural events.

From the beginning of July until the beginning of September, there are guided tours every day from Tuesday to Sunday, once a week family tours too. If you are interested, you can also book special guided tours for kids until the day before, at the tourist office Kastelbell-Tschars.

Further information:

Tourist office Kastelbell-Tschars
I-39020 Kastelbell-Tschars
+39 0473 62 41 93
info@kastelbell-tschars.com