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Palù-Schulthaus Castle

In Appiano, in the building of Castel Palù, there is the Museum for Medieval Culture of Living.

Palù-Schulthaus Castle - "Schloss Moos-Schulthaus" in German, "Castel Palù-Schulthaus" in Italian - is one of the historical buildings in Appiano, the region of castles and manors. The complex is composed of several residential and farm buildings and combines Palù Castle with the Schulthaus Residence. The history of both, once in separated ownership, dates back to the 14th century.

In 1958, the merchant Walther Amonn from Bolzano purchased the castle and had the residence restored. In the course of these works, whitewashed frescoes of the period around 1470/75 AD were discovered. In 1985, the Museum for Medieval Culture of Living was inaugurated, providing an interesting insight into the life of a bygone era. You can e.g. see a well-preserved Mediaeval kitchen, a Gothic stube and valuable ancient furniture. One of the peculiarities of the museum are its illustrations. In the fresco "War of cats and mice", the mice come out on top. Moreover there are illustrations of hunting scenes and a tree of wonders.

Palù Castle and the St. Catherine Chapel (also open to the public) are in the hands of the Walther Amonn Foundation, the castle is administered by the South Tyrolean Museum Association. And how to reach it? It is located in a rather hidden position above Ganda Castle in Appiano Monte, in the west of the Calvary Church which invites to a pleasant walk. Also a small road passes by.

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Castle and museum stay closed in winter, the guided tours 2023 will start in April.

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