At “Gufyland”, the Bird Care Centre at Castel Tyrol in Merano and surroundings, you can see birds of prey at close quarters.
Image gallery: “Gufyland” Bird Care Centre
On the hill on which Castel Tyrol with the South Tyrolean Cultural History Museum is located, there is a very special facility: the Bird Care Centre - "Pflegezentrum für Vogelfauna" in German, "Centro Recupero Avifauna" in Italian - has been established by the two experts Willy Campei and Florian Gamper and was inaugurated in 1998. This is where injured and defenceless wild birds find a helping hand, as they are cared for and afterwards released into their natural habitat. Every year more than 250 birds are brought into the Bird Care Centre and sheltered in one of the 24 aviaries, where visitors can observe them at close quarters.
A 300 m long educational trail leads from one bird house to the next and provides interesting information on local bird fauna and flora. 10 information panels in five languages take you into the world of birds. However, that's far from being all! The absolute highlight is the flight show, taking place every day except Monday at 11.15 am and 3.15 pm. In these shows, Mr. Eagle owl, vulture, buzzard and colleagues are released into the air above Castel Tyrol and hover above your heads. In this way you can see the animals at close quarters in action.
Are you planning a family getaway? Then you've found your place! And how to reach the Bird Care Centre? Parking spaces are available in Tirolo (Dorf Tirol), from where a panoramic path leads in a 20-minute walk to Castel Tyrol and the Bird Care Centre. The trail is closed for traffic. For visitors with buggies: mind the steps at the entrance to the flight show area!
Opening hours: from June 16 to November 8, 2020
from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 5 pm
flight demonstrations at 11.15 am and 3.15 pm
11.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
8.00 Euros (children from 6 to 13 years)
phone: +39 0473 221500, email@example.com