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Castles in South Tyrol

The historic castles of Merano and Environs

With more than 800 castles, palaces and manor houses, South Tyrol/Südtirol has a large cultural heritage to preserve. In order to maintain these, over the years the historic buildings of the region have been used for many other purposes, such as serving as museums or hotels.

With more than 800 castles, palaces and manor houses, South Tyrol/Südtirol has a large cultural heritage to preserve. In order to maintain these, over the years the historic buildings of the region have been used for many other purposes, such as serving as museums or hotels.

Among the most popular are Tyrol Castle and the castles of Trauttmansdorff, Juval and Lebenberg. The first is considered the cradle of Tyrol and was the former seat of the counts of Tyrol. The second was the residence of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, and today hosts the Museum of Tourism as well as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Juval Castle above Naturno/Naturns is home to the Messner Mountain Museum. Lebenberg Castle above Cermes/Tscherms near Lana is open to the public through guided tours, and Castel Fragsburg above Merano/Meran is now a renowned restaurant.

The castle villages of Tesimo-Prissiano/Tisens-Prissian are located south of Merano, and are host to six castles, among them Katzenzungen, Wehrburg and Fahlburg castles. Also worth a mention are the Schenna Castle and Mausoleum of the Archduke Johann.

During the Christmas season, several former manor houses are used for traditional Advent markets.

Castles, manor houses and historical places

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One of the three remaninig medieval town gates which can still be admired today.

 
 

Castle Hochnaturns is located above from the village Naturno/Naturns. The Roman Tower has been changed in Mediaeval style and in the middle of the 13th...

 
 

Castel Katzenzungen was first mentioned in 1244 when it was owned by Henricus de Cazenzunge. Between the 16th and the 18th Century, the castle had its...

 
 

The mansion was originally built in 1348 by Meinhard, Edler von Gaudenz (an aristocrat from Gaudenz). Since that time it underwent several renovations,...

 
 

The Burgstall is a settlement from the late Iron Age, inhabited from approximately 400 B C over several centuries. It got distroyed after the middle of the...

 
 

Häuserl am Stein is one of the most fascinatingly odd buildings in all of South Tyrol. Its history, in fact, sounds a bit like a fairy tale. A long time...

 
 

Andreas Hofer hid for one and a half months with his family at the Pfandler Alm mountain hut, above S. Martino/St. Martin. On January 28, 1810, he was...

 
 

Tyrol Castle is the most historically significant castle in South Tyrol. Its origins stretch back into the late 11th century. Since 2003 Tyrol Castle has...

 
 

The Finailhof is one of the oldest farms in Senales Valley, first records date back to the 11th century. It is known for its rare visit in 1416. Those days...

 
 

The house of Peter Mitterhofer is first mentioned as the Zimmerhaus im Obergarten in a document dating to 1431. Peter Mitterhofer (1822-1893) lived in the...

 
 

In November 1809 thousands of soldiers from Napoleon’s army advanced over the Jaufenpass and into the Passeier Valley. They were heading for Meran. At St....

 
 

This castle dates from before 1300 and was once the home of the Lords of Parcines. It is now the Castle Vineyard of Baron Sigmund von Kripp and his family....

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