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Castel Presule

The present Gothic form of Castel Presule, built by the Lords of Fiè, dates back to the times of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.

Castel Presule - “Schloss Prösels” in German - is located in a delightful landscape in the hamlet of Presule which belongs to the municipality of Fiè allo Sciliar (Völs am Schlern). The medieval castle was mentioned for the first time in a document dating back to 1279 as “Castrum Presile”. However, the castle is supposed to be constructed already around 1200 AD by the Lords of Fié, but it was established as it appears today only in the 16th century. More precisely, the old castle was transformed into a majestic Gothic building by Leonard of Fiè, the castellan of Tyrol, in 1517 (proved by an inscription on the castle gate). Until his decease in 1530, he also lived in the castle.

About 500 years ago, the castle was the scene of witch trials - the actual burning place, however, is still unknown. In the following centuries, the building changed hands 14 times. After the death of the last lord, the board of trustees “Kuratorium Schloss Prösels GmbH” purchased the castle and is still in its possession. After having been restaured, it reopened its gates in 1982 and was made open for public. Not only guided tours are offered, but the wonderful ambience of Castel Presule is also venue for concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances.

Worthwhile is the collection of arms, most of which date back to the 19th century, but some are also from the period of Leonard of Fiè. Also parts of the Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride take place in the castle courtyard. Every year in late spring, this medieval festival attracts a large number of visitors to Fiè allo Sciliar. Recently, the castle offers also guided visits during winter months. And how to reach Castel Presule? The number 176 bus (Siusi - Fiè allo Sciliar) takes you to the castle complex. By foot, a 2-hour walk leads from Fiè allo Sciliar via the hamlet Umes to Castel Presule.

Summer opening hours:
from May 1 to October 31, 2020

Admission:
9.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
5.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 14 years)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0471 601062, info@schloss-proesels.it

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