Castles in South Tyrol

Walls steeped in history

There are large numbers of fortresses and castles in South Tyrol which are still testament today to the region's eventful past. Several castles worth seeing are here in Alta Val Venosta/Obervinschgau, very close to our Lamm nature & activity hotel in Tubre in Val Monastero/Taufers im Münstertal.
If you are inspired by history, the Middle Ages, suits of armour and chambers of weapons then visiting one of the castles in South Tyrol is definitely the right holiday highlight for you if the weather happens to not play ball for once.
So that you know which fortresses and castles in South Tyrol are in the direct vicinity we have put together a few for you here – set off on a journey through time into the past!

Reichenberg castle ruins in Tubre in Val Monastero/Taufers im Münstertal
Two former castles in South Tyrol are situated in your holiday village. Reichenberg castle, which was once owned by the Bishops of Chur and was passed to the Lords of Reichenberg, terrifying marauding knights, in the 12th century, has been uninhabited since 1680 and is therefore already in ruins.

Rotund castle ruins in Tubre in Val Monastero/Taufers im Münstertal
The other of the two former castles in South Tyrol that is situated in Tubre in Val Monastero/Taufers im Münstertal is the Rotund ruins; the castle was built around 900. The ruins are situated at 1,500 m altitude above the village and owned by the municipality. The keep is still standing and the castle is also called Rotund due to its round shape. 

Castello del Principe/Fürstenburg in Burgusio/Burgeis
Until 1803 the castle served the Bishops of Chur as the administrative centre in Tyrol and passed into ownership of the Monte Maria Benedictine Abbey above Burgusio/Burgeis in 1883. Since 1952 the Castello del Principe/Fürstenburg has housed the Vocational College for Agriculture and Forestry and is put to great use.
Distance: approx. 10 minutes by car

Castel Coira/Churburg in Sluderno/Schluderns
Castel Coira/Churburg has been owned by the Count Trapp family for more than 500 years. Tours take place through the castle that is situated on a hill above Sluderno/Schluderns providing a wonderful view over the Val d'Adige/Etschtal from March to October. The highlight of Castel Coira/Churburg is surely the largest private chamber of weapons and the Ancestral Hall. One of the best maintained castles in South Tyrol that can be easily reached from Tubre in Val Monastero/Taufers im Münstertal.
Distance: approx. 10 minutes by car

Castel Montechiaro/Lichtenberg castle ruins near Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch
The castle in Montechiaro/Lichtenberg, an area of Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch, is one of the castles that are in the meantime in ruins in South Tyrol. The ruins provide a great view over Val Venosta/Vinschgau and are open to anyone. You can combine visiting the ruins with walking the Gumperle path, which starts in the next village Agumes/Agums.
Distance: approx. 10 minutes by car

Kastelbell castle in Castelbello/Kastelbell
Kastelbell castle, which is first mentioned in 1238, towers on a rock above the village and is one of the most imposing castles in South Tyrol. The castle can be visited by anyone, numerous art exhibitions take place here throughout the year too. Ideal for holidaymakers interested in art!
Distance: approx. 35 minutes by car

Castel Juval/Schloss Juval
At the entrance to Val Senales/Schnalstal just before Naturno/Naturns situated high up on a rocky hill is Castel Juval/Schloss Juval. It has been owned by the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner since 1983 and houses one of his Messner Mountain Museums, which is dedicated to the Myth of the Mountains. One of the castles most worth seeing in South Tyrol for mountain lovers and Messner fans.
Distance: approx. 40 minutes by car

Visit the fortresses and castles in South Tyrol and immerse yourself in bygone times that still hold a magical attraction for both the young and old today!