Lichtenberg Burg
Lichtenberg Burg

Montechiaro Castle

Above Prato allo Stelvio tower the ruins of Montechiaro Castle, with a magnificent view over the Val Venosta and towards Coira Castle

It is the small district of the same name, above which the ruin of Montechiaro Castle - "Ruine Lichtenberg" in German, "Castel Montechiaro" in Italian - rises majestically. The complex is decayed, but still exudes dominance and tells of former noble times. Until 1513, it was in the possession of the powerful Counts of Tyrol, then it passed to the Counts of Khuen-Belasi.

The family still owns the castle today. Like most of the approx. 800 castles and palaces in South Tyrol, also Montechiaro Castle has experienced a lot. It was built at the end of the 12th century, probably by the bailiffs of Mazia. The rocky ridge on which Montechiaro Castle stands was a strategically interesting spot, because from here the area of influence of the Bishopric of Coira and the Counts of Tyrol, the Upper and Lower Val Venosta, could be well guarded. A crenellated ring wall, an outer ward and a chapel were part of it, as well as a round path and a large, three-storey Palas. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt into a fortified Renaissance castle. A century ago, the magnificent building above Montechiaro then slowly but steadily decayed.

Today, the complex is freely accessible, and interesting art-historical guided tours are also offered. You will learn, for example, that the fresco cycle of the castle depicted the Minnesang, the singers and the knights in the Middle Ages. It is the most important secular fresco cycle in Tyrol after that of Roncolo Castle near Bolzano. In 1912, the frescoes were removed and taken to the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck - a few remained in the ruin. And how can Montechiaro Castle be reached? There are parking facilities in Montechiaro (Lichtenberg), a district of Prato allo Stelvio (Prad am Stilfserjoch). From there it is a walk of 10-15 minutes to the castle.

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Opening times

  • Mon 22 Jul closed
  • Tue 23 Jul closed
  • Wed 24 Jul 10:00 - 12:00
  • Thu 25 Jul closed
  • Fri 26 Jul closed
  • Sat 27 Jul 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun 28 Jul closed

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Guided castle tours - spring 2024 (04/05/2024 - 09/06/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Guided castle tours - summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

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

Guided castle tours - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 30/10/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed 10:00 - 12:00
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat 10:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

Admission

castle ruin freely accessible

artistically historical tour:
€ 12.00 adults
€ 12.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 children (6-14 years)

to pay in cash on-site

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The Montechiaro Castle ruin itself is freely accessible, the opening hours refer to the artistically historical tours to the castle which are offered from early May to the end of October by PradKULT.

The guided tours take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am (German/Italian language), reservation needed till 6 pm of the previous day at the Prato allo Stelvio Information Office, meeting point in front of the Montechiaro Parish Church. On request fees for groups and guided tours on other days. Season start 2024 on May 4.

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