The fortifield castle located high above the gorge of the Rienza river in Rodengo, captivates due to its vigorous appearance.
Image gallery: Castel Rodengo
The castle is located between Sciaves and Rio di Pusteria in the municipality of Rodengo in Valle Isarco 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 of the complex. 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 (Rodenegg, in German) has been 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. Inside the antique walls there is also 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 has been 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. 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.
Opening hours - museum:
from May 1 to October 15, 2017
guided visits from Sunday to Friday at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm
guided visit also at 3.30 pm (from July 15 - Aug 31, 2017)
groups of 15 and more people on reservation
guided visits for kids every Monday at 3 pm
(min. 5 kids, reservation needed: +39 0472 454044)
Admission - museum:
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
2.00 Euros (children from 6 to 10 years)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card
phone: +39 0472 454056 / 328 1651332, firstname.lastname@example.org