The most beautiful castle in Tyrol – as historian Johann N. Tinkhauser (1828) says – is accessible as Museum of Hunting and Fishing. It provides an insight into aristocratic life and manly into hunting as being part of folk culture.
Wolfsthurn Castle is situated on a hill above Mareit, at the entrance of Ridnaun valley. In the 18th century, Franz Andrä von Sternbach purchased old Wolfsthurn Castle and built a Baroque castle complex, which is still today owned by the family.
Wolfsthurn Castle has remained a wonderful example for Baroque architecture. In fact, this is shown by the former interest in playing with numbers. The castle near Sterzing reportedly has 365 windows, 52 doors, 12 chimneys and 4 portals being a symbol for the year with its calendar days, weeks, months and seasons.
South Tyrolean Museum of Hunting & Fishing
Since 1996, the castle has been accommodating the South Tyrolean Museum of Hunting and Fishing. The exposition spaces are distributed over three floors and focus on particular subjects.
The first floor displays detailed information about hunting and fishing from a cultural-historical point of view. In addition to indigenous wild animals, folk art and useful utensils play a significant role.
On the second floor, you can learn more about the history of Wolfsthurn Castle. The circular tour conveys a good impression of aristocratic life during the 18th and 19th century. The castle’s staterooms are impressive and rich of original furniture from different historical periods, tapestries, ornately painted wallpapers, chandeliers, family portraits, painted Rococo ovens and pastel coloured stucco.
The ground floor was specifically designed for young visitors. In three rooms, they can discover the indigenous fauna in a playful way.
Opening hours Wolfsthurn Castle:
The museum is open from 1st April to 15th November
From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays and holidays: from 1 pm to 5 pm
Final admission always at 4.30 pm
Closed on Mondays
Museum of Hunting and Fishing
Kirchdorf 25 – I-39040 Mareit/Ratschings
Tel.: +39 0472 758 121