Castel Rodengo

The fortified castle, located high above the Rienza Gorge in Rodengo, captivates due to its vigorous appearance.

Castel Rodengo - “Schloss Rodenegg” in German - is located between Sciaves (Schabs) and Rio di Pusteria (Mühlbach) in the municipality of Rodengo in the Valle Isarco valley. It sits enthroned on a small rock outcrop, steeply descending into the gorge of the Rienza river. Castel Rodengo is one of the most majestic fortresses of its time in South Tyrol, and you will be astonished by its position and by the large number of rooms and cellars. Friedrich I of Rodank built the castle in 1140. The Lords of Rodank were significant ministerials and up to the extinction of this house around 1300, the castle was in possession of this family. Thereupon Castel Rodengo was subject to territorial city administration for 200 years, until it passed on to the Counts of Wolkenstein-Rodenegg.

In the 16th century, the castle was expanded by the family of the famous minne singer Oswald von Wolkenstein and transformed into a majestic building. Still today, offsprings of this family are in possession of the castle and parts are even inhabited, surrounded by a gorgeous castle garden. Inside the antique walls there is a museum. The majority of the furniture of the showrooms date back to late Renaissance. Unique and capturing is above all the famous “Iwein Cycle”, which was discovered and layed open only in 1972. This fresco cycle to the Iwein epos of Hartmann von Aue represents the oldest profane mural paintings in the German speaking area. Probably it was painted between 1200 and 1220 AD. The 11 paintings, which can be admired in the tap room of the castle, narrate the legend of Iwein, one of 12 knights at the court of King Artus.

Another highlight, however, is the so-called “Lautfresserloch” - a narrow dungeon where in the 17th century Matthias Perger, an accused warlock condemned to the stake, was imprisoned. Because of his preferences for soup - which in Tyrolean dialect is simply called “Lauteres”, that’s to say “fluid” - he was named “Lauterfresser”. And how to reach Castel Rodengo? It is located close to the SS49, the Val Pusteria main road, and therefore easily accessible. From the parking space near the church in direction of Rodengo, a path leads in only a few-minutes walk to the castle.

Opening hours - museum: from May 1 to October 15, 2019
only guided visits
May 1 - July 14, 2019:
from Sunday to Friday at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm
July 15 - Aug 31, 2019:
from Sunday to Friday at 11.30 am, 2.30 pm and 4 pm
Sept 1 - Oct 31, 2019:
from Sunday to Friday at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm

groups of more than 15 people only on reservation

Admission - museum:
8.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
3.00 Euros (children from 6 to 10 years), 4.00 Euros (young people from 10 to 18 years)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 391 7489492,

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