RS trostburg bei waidbruck
RS trostburg bei waidbruck

Castel Forte

Castel Forte at the entrance of the Val Gardena, or Castel Trostburg, houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum.

Castel Forte is one of the most known South Tyrolean castles, also thanks to its dominating position along the main road from north to south, the Brennero road. The complex towers on a rock spur opposite the village of Colma, high above the Isarco river. Around 1173 AD Castel Forte was first mentioned in written documents as seat of the Counts of Trostburg. The castle features late gothic-style elements and is fairly well-preserved. It houses a spacious and famous parlour, a traditional wood-panelled lounge. Worth seeing are also the library, among the most famous ones of its time, the Hall of Knights, the dining hall and several other rooms and halls decorated with precious furniture and paintings.

To prevent decay, in 1981 Castel Forte was officially donated to the South Tyrolean Castle Institute (Südtiroler Burgeninstitut). Nowadays the institute strives to keep it accessible to the public without loosing the castle's original character. Since 2005 the beautiful castle complex houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum with its permanent exhibition "Castles - monuments of history" and 86 models of South Tyrolean castles that are true to scale.

Contact info

Opening times

  • Sat 26 Nov closed
  • Sun 27 Nov closed
  • Mon 28 Nov closed
  • Tue 29 Nov closed
  • Wed 30 Nov closed
  • Thu 01 Dec closed
  • Fri 02 Dec closed

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South Tyrolean Castles Museum - spring 2023 (04/06/2023 - 06/30/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 15:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 15:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 15:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 15:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 15:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 15:00

Easter 2023 (04/09/2023) 11:00 - 15:00

Easter Monday 2023 (04/10/2023) closed

Liberation Day 2023 (04/25/2023) 11:00 - 15:00

Labor Day 2023 (05/01/2023) closed

Whit Monday 2023 (05/29/2023) closed

Republic Day 2023 (06/02/2023) 11:00 - 15:00

South Tyrolean Castles Museum - summer 2023 (07/01/2023 - 08/31/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Feast of the Assumption 2023 (08/15/2023) 11:00 - 16:00

South Tyrolean Castles Museum - autumn 2023 (09/01/2023 - 10/29/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 15:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 15:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 15:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 15:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 15:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 15:00

Admission

€ 8.00 adults
€ 8.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 groups
€ 6.00 students
€ 6.00 seniors 65+
€ 5.00 children (6-14 years)

free for children under 6 years

More information

The Castles Museum stays closed in winter, the summer season 2023 will start on April 6.

Castle and museum are accessible only during a guided tour (in German and Italian language): at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm, in July and August also at noon time and 4 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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