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Architectural remnants of Tyrolean history
Castles and Churches

Castles and Churches in Tirolo

Architectural remnants of Tyrolean history


Significant secular structures in Tirolo/Dorf Tirol include Auer Castle, Thurnstein Castle, and Zenoburg Castle, all former residences of the local nobility. Various historical churches of interest include St. John the Baptist, St. Peter, and St. Rupert churches.
Auer Castle was built as a closed medieval fortress without the characteristic towers, enclosing several mercantile and residential buildings inside a pointed perimeter wall. Except during the Tiroler Kulturfrühling (cultural spring) festival concerts, the stonewall edifice remains closed to the public.
Strategically positioned on the Jaufenpass mountain pass, Zenoburg Castle was enlarged in the 12th century by Meinhard II. With its chapel consecrated by St. Zeno, the castle was the formal residence of the Counts of Tyrol until 1347, when it was destroyed and subsequently fell into decay and ruin. Purchased in 1800 and renovated by Leopold von Braitenberg, to this day it remains the property of his heirs. The castle is closed to the public.
Surrounded by vineyards, Thurnstein Castle under the Mutspitze summit was built in 1478 and was enlarged several times over the years. Today it operates as a hotel and restaurant.
St. Peter's Parish Church
St. Peter's Parish Church
Popular wisdom says that the church square, which offers many beautiful views, was once home to one of the oldest baptisteries in the area. Today, the Parish ...
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St. Rupert’s Church
St. Rupert’s Church
The church, mentioned as far back as 1332, with its flat ceiling was increased in height in the late Gothic period and lengthened by the chancel with ribbed ...
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