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.

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Opening times

  • Thu 19 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 20 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 21 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 22 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Mon 23 May closed
  • Tue 24 May 11:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 25 May 11:00 - 16:00

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South Tyrolean Castles Museum - spring 2022 (04/14/2022 - 06/30/2022)

  • 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

Easter 2022 (04/17/2022) 11:00 - 16:00

Easter Monday 2022 (04/18/2022) closed

Liberation Day 2022 (04/25/2022) closed

Labor Day 2022 (05/01/2022) 11:00 - 16:00

Republic Day 2022 (06/02/2022) 11:00 - 16:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

South Tyrolean Castles Museum - summer 2022 (07/01/2022 - 08/31/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) closed

South Tyrolean Castles Museum - autumn 2022 (09/01/2022 - 10/30/2022)

  • 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

Admission

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

free for children under 6 years

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The castle is accessible only during a guided tour (German/Italian language, 40-50 minutes):

April to June at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
July and August at 11 am, noon time, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm
September and October at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm

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