Seven chapels on the Colle (hill), how the Calvary near Castelrotto is called, are accessible by foot from the village centre.
A unique group of sacred buildings rises on a wooded hill near Castelrotto (Kastelruth), more precisely on a porphyry rock located in a north-westerly direction. It consists of seven little chapels and a Romanesque tower which all can be discovered along the Way of the Cross, or the Castelrotto Peace Trail. The chapels are equipped with large wooden figures.
The pleasant 30-minute walk leads from the village centre to the Calvary which is known by locals as “Colle” or “Kofel”. Where today wooden benches invite to rest and the view opens up on the Santner and Sciliar massifs as well as on the village and its surroundings, in the past the castle of the Lords of Castelrotto was located. Nowadays only the ruins of its donjon are still visible.
And this “decayed castle” - “Castellum Reptum” in Latin - has given its name to the village of Castelrotto. By the way: every year in late spring, the first tournament of the famous Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride is held on the Calvary.