Castles & Fortresses

Tracing the footsteps of knights & gentry

South Tyrol is one of the most castle-rich regions in Europe, with a total of 800 castles and fortresses. Also around the Dolomites Region Kronplatz you can immerse yourself into medieval sceneries and be fascinated by our breathtaking castle landscape. One publicly accessible castle that should definitely be on your sightseeing list is the castle of Schloss Bruneck.

Schloss Bruneck castle

On top of a hill, slightly above the city of Bruneck/Brunico, you can spot the mighty castle walls of Schloss Bruneck. Bishop Bruno von Kirchberg commissioned the construction of the castle on the hill also known as “Schlossberg” in the middle of the 13th century, between 1251 and 1288. Over the course of the many centuries, the fortification was continually modified and extended until, at the beginning of the 16th century, it was turned into a residential castle. Since 2011, the walls of the castle are home to the Messner Mountain Museum Ripa, which focuses entirely on the topic of alpine cultures and offers an insight into the life and traditions of the world's most important mountain cultures.

Bruneck and surroundings
Bruneck Castle