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Castel Velturno

The old chancellery of Castel Velturno in the Valle Isarco valley houses the Local Museum of Velturno.

At the edge of the charming village of Velturno (Feldthurns), there is the majestic castle complex of Velturno - “Schloss Velthurns” in German. These ancient walls harken back on a long history. Constructed by Cardinal Christof Madrutz and Bishop Johannes Spaur in Renaissance style between 1577 and 1587, it used to be summer residence of the Archbishops of Bressanone until 1803. In 1978, the Province of South Tyrol took over this cultural monument and had it restored for four years. Today it is administered by the South Tyrolean Antiquities and Monuments office.

Once the castle was known for its deer garden, the fish pond and the huge aviary for birds, today the complex itself is a sight on its own. Worth mentioning is above all the St. Catherine Chapel on the ground floor and its altarpiece by Hans Schmid and, on the upper floor, the Renaissance panelling, carved portals, ovens, frescoes, secco paintings and inlayings such as the gilded waffle-slab ceilings in the Prince’s Room. They are one of the most significant cabinet makings of the Renaissance period in the Southern German area. Open to the public are also an archaeological collection and South Tyrolean artworks of the period between the 15th and the 20th century.

In the chancellery (Schreiberhaus), there is an interesting collection of farmers’ items and objects of everyday life for vine-growing and wood processing. Since 2008, the Local Museum of Velturno is complemented by the “Archeoparc Tanzgasse Velturno”, a Calcolithic cult site located in the village. Its megalith facility is composed of stone circles, tumuli and ellipsoid structures. The facility is exposable - archaeological walks are offered on a regular basis. And how to reach Castel Velturno? It is located in the village, a free parking space can be found behind the castle.

Opening hours - museum: from March 15 to November 15, 2020
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

guided tours for groups of at least 10 people:
from Tuesday to Sunday at 10 am, 11 am, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm
in July and August also at 4.30 pm

Admission - museum:
5.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
3.50 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 18 years, students)
family ticket available (10.00 Euros)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 855525, info@schlossvelthurns.it

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