The present Gothic form of Presule Castle, built by the Lords of Fiè, dates back to the times of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.
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Presule Castle - "Schloss Prösels" in German, "Castel Presule" in Italian - is located in a delightful landscape in Presule which belongs to the municipality of Fiè allo Sciliar. The medieval castle was mentioned for the first time in a document dating back to 1279 as "Castrum Presile". However, the castle is supposed to be constructed already around 1200 AD by the Lords of Fié, but it was established as it appears today only in the 16th century. More precisely, the old castle was transformed into a majestic Gothic building by Leonard of Fiè, the castellan of Tyrol, in 1517 (proved by an inscription on the castle gate). Until his decease in 1530, he also lived in the castle.
About 500 years ago, the castle was the scene of witch trials - the actual burning place, however, is still unknown. In the following centuries, the building changed hands 14 times. After the death of the last lord, the board of trustees "Kuratorium Schloss Prösels GmbH" purchased the castle and is still in its possession. After having been restaured, it reopened its gates in 1982 and was made open for public. Not only guided tours are offered, but the wonderful ambience of Presule Castle is also venue for concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances.
Worthwhile is the collection of arms, most of which date back to the 19th century, but some are also from the period of Leonard of Fiè. Also parts of the Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride take place in the castle courtyard. Every year in late spring, this medieval festival attracts a large number of visitors to Fiè allo Sciliar. Recently, the castle offers also guided visits during winter months. And how to reach Presule Castle? The number 176 bus (Siusi - Fiè allo Sciliar) takes you to the castle complex. By foot, a 2-hour walk leads from Fiè allo Sciliar via the hamlet Umes to Presule.
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guided castle tour in winter:
€ 12.00 adults
€ 12.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 5.00 children (6-14 years)
with hot apple juice afterwards
guided tour dedicated to taste, history and culture:
€ 20.00 adults
€ 20.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 10.00 children (6-14 years)
with free tasting of local products afterwards
guided castle tour from May to October:
€ 9.00 adults
€ 9.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 groups (20 and more persons)
€ 5.00 children (6-14 years)
free for children under 6 years
Guided castle tours in winter (till March 30, 2023) Thursdays at 3 pm, furthermore "Guided tour dedicated to taste, history and culture" on Feb 23, 2023. Reservation needed (till noon time).
Presule Castle stays open also in summer and is accessible during a guided tour:
May and October at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm (German / Italian language)
June and September at 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm (German / Italian language)
July and August at 11 am, noon time, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm (German language) and
July and August at 11.30 am, 12.30, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm (Italian language)
Audioguide in English. In July and August special family tours: "A journey into the Middle Ages" with Knight Frederick and "Discovering Presule Castle" with Witch Martha. Dates and fees on request.
Season closure in autumn (November to December) and in spring (April).