Castel Monguelfo

Castel Monguelfo is not only a particular castle complex, but also the oldest castle in upper Val Pusteria.

Castel Monguelfo, also called Castel Welsperg or Welsberg, is undoubtedly a particular castle complex, known as “core castle”. One of the oldest parts is the high donjon, which has been constructed in 1126 AD. The brothers Schwikher and Otto of Welsperg had this castle built - the Lords of Welsperg were one of the most significant noble families of Tyrol. Due to their smart commercial activity and administrative work as well as their wedding politics they built up a fortune and increased their importance.

For this reason in 1359 Georg of Welsperg purchased the castle on the opposite, Castel Tesido. Consequently both castles were in possession of the Lords of Welsperg. In the 15th and 16th century Castel Monguelfo near the homonymous village was considerably enlarged and reconstructed. In 1765 there was a fire which destroyed parts of the castle complex, including the great hall and the commercial building.

Despite of the fact that there were renovation works, the castle started decaying and has no longer been inhabited. Today the castle complex, under administration of the board of trustees of Castel Monguelfo (Kuratorium Schloss Welsperg), is venue for numerous concerts and exhibitions.

Opening hours:
from July 1 to September 9, 2017:
from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm
closed on Saturdays
from September 12 to 16, 2017:
from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
closed on Saturdays and Sundays

3.00 Euros, free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children from 6 to 12 years, seniors over 65)

Further information:
phone: +39 0474 944118,

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