The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Castle Runkelstein - Bolzano

Castle Runkelstein - Bozen

Schloss-Ried-Straße 14
I-39100 Bozen (BZ)
+39 0471/329808

First mentioned in 1237, Schloss Runkelstein is situated in a picturesque position on a massive mound of porphyry rock at the entrance to the Sarntal valley. It has become famous for its superb secular fresco cycles painted around 1400 (Tristan and Isolde, Garel, Wigalois) which are unique. After an eventful history Runkelstein’s golden age was the Romantic period, when the ‘beautiful ruin’ became a favourite haunt of artists and poets. This enthusiasm led to the castle being renovated and donated to the town of Bolzano by Emperor Franz Josef (it had been inherited by the Austrian Archduke Johann in 1844). Following extensive restoration work the castle has been open to the public together with the castle tavern and restaurant since April 2000. Apart from being immensely interesting in its own right, Schloss Runkelstein is a venue for all kinds of events, exhibitions, concerts etc.

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