Castles in Bolzano
Alto Adige has numerous castles and fortresses throughout its territory. There are as many as 400 castles, some intact some ruined, most of which can be visited and many of which are hidden in the most secluded and least accessible corners of the province. Bolzano has many castles as well, which not only represent an embellishment, but the soul of the city itself.
Messner Mountain Museum Firmian
Firmian castle is clearly the centre stage of the extraordinary Mountain Museum project by mountaineer Reinhold Messner. The museum collection is exhibited in the turrets, rooms, and courtyards and offers the visitor a complete vision of the mountaineering world and the special relationship between man and mountain. Exhibits range from pictures, relics and natural objects that tell about this relationship, the link with religion, the greatness of the most famous peaks, and the history of mountaineering until modern day Alpine tourism. Each year the journey is enriched with a temporary exhibition.
Opening hours: from the first Sunday of March until the third Sunday of November: hrs 10 a.m.-6 p.m., last entrance hrs 5 p.m. Closed on Thursday.
Roncolo Castle, an illustrated manor house
Situated at the beginning of the Val Sarentina, to the north of the city, the castle is easily accessible on foot via the greenbelt footpath along the Talvera River, or by bicycle along the cycle path. No. 12 bus and the free shuttle BoBus also run services from piazza Walther (for information, please ask the Tourist Information Office in Bolzano). Free car-parking facilities are available for cars and bicycles at the entrance of the castle.Built in 1237 on a rock, the castle has been extended and restored several times and houses splendid frescoes depicting scenes of courtesan life, hunting scenes, chivalric competitions and episodes of everyday life. There are also literary cues, such as the representation of the story of Tristan and Iseult and the adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is by far the greatest and best kept collection of profane frescoes of the Middle Ages. Cultural events and exhibitions featured regularly in the castle hall and rooms are also very interesting. The castle has a restaurant service offering the opportunity to enjoy local delicatessen in a medieval ambience.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, till March 15th hrs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry at 4.30 p.m. - no shuttle service), from March 16th hrs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last entry at 5.30 p.m.)
Mareccio Castle, ancient walls in the vineyard
The XIII century castle, situated right behind the hystoric city centre, is surrounded by fields of the fine Lagrein grapevines and has stunning views of the Rosengarten. It was renovated in the 1980s and transformed into a conference and exhibition centre.
It is certainly the most interesting and exclusive complex, ideal for housing conferences, seminars, banquets, concerts, cultural events and exhibitions. The beautiful interiors, with stunning frescoes, have all the modern features and conference facilities. The view of the castle from the river walk nearby is particularly impressive. Adjacent parking.
For information, please call the Congress Office, Castel Mareccio, via Claudia De' Medici, tel. +39 0471 976615, fax +39 0471 300746.
Flavon Castle is open to the public as a restaurant and venue for parties and receptions. It can be accessed from the Aslago quarter: the road winds up the rocky point where the castle stands (parking). Great views can be admired over the Adige Plain, the town of Bolzano and the north (Salto Plateau, Val Sarentino, and Renon). It houses precious frescoes of the 1500.
Tel.: +39 0471 402130