Burggrafenamt Dorf Tirol Fruehling Schloss Brunnenburg
Burggrafenamt Dorf Tirol Fruehling Schloss Brunnenburg

Fontana Castle

Beneath the majestic Tyrol Castle, at the top of a rock spur, there is a mighty castle complex: Fontana Castle or Brunnenburg

Several castles and museums are concentrated in a small space in area of Tirolo village. Two of them stand one above the other: Tyrol Castle with the South Tyrolean Museum of Cultural and Regional History and, below it, Fontana Castle with its Agricultural Museum. When it was built in the mid-13th century by the Tarant family, Castle Tyrol was already standing.

Fontana Castle fell visibly into disrepair in the centuries that followed - around 1600 it was already described as "old and decaying". At the beginning of the 20th century, a private buyer let the castle be rebuilt. It finally became famous in the late 1950s when the American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972) chose it as his residence. He completed his oeuvre, the Cantos, here. From 1962 until his death, he was registered as a citizen of Tirolo, and a memorial site in the castle is dedicated to him. Many legends and stories surround the estate, most of them tell of a hidden treasure.

Today it houses the Fontana Castle Museum, which is dedicated to topics such as folklore and folk art. To the delight of young visitors, farm animals are also at home at the castle. Goats, donkeys and rabbits have found a home here, but old and rare breeds of domestic animals can also be seen, including Mangaltiza Pigs and Zackel Sheep. And how can Fontana Castle be reached? Only by foot, from the car park in Tirolo village (Dorf Tirol) it's about a 10-minute walk. Also from the Tirolo Wine Trail and from the Tirolo Apple Trail you can reach the castle.

Contact info

Opening times

  • Sat 15 Jun closed
  • Sun 16 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 17 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 18 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 19 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 20 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 21 Jun closed

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Fontana Castle Museum - spring 2024 (31/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) closed

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Fontana Castle Museum - summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) closed

Fontana Castle Museum - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

Fontana Castle Museum:
€ 8.00 adults
€ 7.00 seniors 65+
€ 5.00 groups (10 and more persons)
€ 5.00 students (with ID)
€ 4.00 children

free for children under 6 years
discount with the guest card

€ 4.00 guided tour (per person)

More information

Guided tours to the museum are offered for school groups and for groups (on request).

Castle and museum stay open from April to the end of October, season start 2024 on March 31.

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