meran landesfuerstliche burg
meran landesfuerstliche burg

Prince’s Castle Merano

The Prince’s Castle Merano in the centre of the spa town was the town residence of the Counts of Tyrol.

Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, had this modest castle - "Landesfürstliche Burg Meran" in German, "Castello Principesco Merano" in Italian - built in central location of Merano in the second half of the 15th century. He probably used this fortress behind the town hall, at the foot of Mt. Benedetto, as his private town residence. However, this ensemble of buildings rather resembles an artistically designed, solid building with low enclosure than a fully-developed castle. For this reason it is simply often referred to as residence. Up to the 16th century the Prince's Castle remained a royal residence. In 1516, also Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, resided in the castle.

As the building repeatedly changed hands, it started deteriorating in the course of the centuries. In 1875 finally, the spa town of Merano purchased the building. Between 1878 and 1880, a restoration period followed, based on the drawings of the internationally famous architect Friedrich von Schmidt, who also directed the renovations of the Dome of Vienna. When these renovations came to an end, the castle was opened also for the public. Today it hosts the Prince's Castle Museum. Its wood-panelled ancient parlours, tiled stoves, bedrooms and maiden rooms provide an interesting insight into the life in Mediaeval times.

The furniture, however, dates back to the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Also some weapons such as lances and halberds have been preserved. Moreover there is a little chapel decorated with frescoes dating back to the 16th century. And how to reach the Prince's Castle? It is located in the centre of the spa town, with access from Via Galilei road or from the Arcades of Merano. There are also some parking lots (subject to charge) in the surroundings.

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Opening times

  • Sun 17 Oct 10:30 - 13:00
  • Mon 18 Oct closed
  • Tue 19 Oct 10:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 20 Oct 10:30 - 17:00
  • Thu 21 Oct 10:30 - 17:00
  • Fri 22 Oct 10:30 - 17:00
  • Sat 23 Oct 10:30 - 17:00

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Season 2021 (04/01/2021 - 01/06/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:30 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:30 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:30 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:30 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:30 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:30 - 13:00

Admission

€ 5.00 adults
€ 4.00 with reduction

free entrance up to 18 years

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