blick auf rodeneck vill kirche und schloss rodenegg
blick auf rodeneck vill kirche und schloss rodenegg

Rodengo Castle

The fortified castle, located high above the Rienza Gorge in Rodengo, captivates due to its vigorous appearance

Rodengo Castle - "Schloss Rodenegg" in German, "Castel Rodengo" in Italian - is located in Villa di Rodengo and sits enthroned on a small rock outcrop, steeply descending into the gorge of the Rienza river. Rodengo Castle is one of the most majestic fortresses of its time in South Tyrol, and you will be astonished by its position and by the large number of rooms and cellars. Friedrich I of Rodank built the castle in 1140. The Lords of Rodank were significant ministerials and up to the extinction of this house around 1300, the castle was in possession of this family.

Thereupon Rodengo Castle was subject to territorial town administration for 200 years, until it passed on to the Counts of Wolkenstein-Rodenegg. In the 16th century, it was expanded by the family of the famous minne singer Oswald von Wolkenstein and transformed into a majestic building. Still today, offsprings of this family are in possession of the castle and parts are even inhabited, surrounded by a gorgeous castle garden. Inside the walls there is a museum. The majority of the furniture of the showrooms date back to late Renaissance. Unique and capturing is above all the famous "Iwein Cycle", which was discovered and layed open only in 1972.

This fresco cycle to the Iwein epos of Hartmann von Aue represents the oldest profane mural paintings in the German speaking area. Probably it was painted between 1200 and 1220 AD. Another highlight, however, is the so-called "Lautfresserloch" - a narrow dungeon where in the 17th century Matthias Perger, an accused warlock condemned to the stake, was imprisoned. Because of his preferences for soup - which in Tyrolean dialect is simply called "Lauteres", that's to say "fluid" - he was named "Lauterfresser". And how to reach Rodengo Castle? It is located close to the SS49, the Val Pusteria Road, and therefore easily accessible. From the parking space near the church in direction of Rodengo, a path leads in only a few-minutes walk to the castle.

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Opening times

  • Tue 16 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Wed 17 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Thu 18 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Fri 19 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Sat 20 Jul closed
  • Sun 21 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Mon 22 Jul 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

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Guided castle tours - spring 2024 (01/05/2024 - 09/06/2024)

  • Mon 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

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

  • Mon 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Guided castle tours - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 15/10/2024)

  • Mon 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 14:30 - 15:30

Admission

€ 10.00 adults
€ 8.00 groups (15 and more persons)
€ 6.00 young people (10-18 years)
€ 4.00 children (6-10 years)

free for children under 6 years

More information

Rodengo Castle is accessible only during a guided tour (about 1 hour): daily except on Saturdays at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm, reservation not needed. Reservations for groups of 20 and more persons only by writing at schloss.rodenegg@gmail.com (at least 1 day prior).

The castle stays open from early May to mid-October, season start 2024 on the 1st of May.

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