schloss schenna
schloss schenna

Scena Castle

The history of Scena Castle - or Schenna Castle - in the eponymous village dates back to the 14th century

A castle was documented at this place already in 1346 AD, but this refers to a forerunner of the building. Only Petermann from Scena, burgrave from Tyrol and minion of Margaret, Countess of Tyrol, had Scena Castle built in 1350, the way it appears today. In the years to follow, it repeatedly changed hands. Among the famous owners there were the Lords of Starkenberg, the Counts of Lichtenstein, Frederick "of the Empty Pockets" and Archduke John of Austria.

They inhabited Scena Castle and renovated, changed and shaped it. Nowadays, the Earls of Merano, descendants of Archduke John of Austria, live in and cultivate the castle complex known as "Schloss Schenna" in German, "Castel Scena" in Italian -. Via a bridge you can reach the entrance and by passing the oubliette you come to the inner courtyard. In the inside you can admire lordy rooms, a Renaissance hall with faience oven dating back to the 18th century, a painting gallery and a weapons collection dating back to the 12th to the 19th century, as well as the biggest private collection of Andreas Hofer, the famous Tyrolean freedom fighter. Part of the castle complex are also the Thurnerhof, that's to say a farmstead and tavern, as well as a mausoleum.

This Archduke John Mausoleum is one of the first and most important sacral buildings in neo-Gothic style of the 19th century. It is open to the public. Scena Castle is one of the fews castles in the surroundings of Merano which has never been abandoned and so it never began to decay. And how to reach it? At the nearby mausoleum there is a parking space - Scena is also easily accessible by public transport. On foot, the hike on the Meadow Path near Scena leads past the castle.

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Opening times

  • Sat 25 May closed
  • Sun 26 May closed
  • Mon 27 May 21:00 - 22:00
  • Tue 28 May 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 29 May 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 30 May 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00
  • Fri 31 May 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00

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Guided castle tours - spring 2024 (25/03/2024 - 31/05/2024)

  • Mon 21:00 - 22:00
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) closed

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 21:00 - 22:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 21:00 - 22:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Guided castle tours - summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 06/09/2024)

  • Mon 21:00 - 22:00
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00

Guided castle tours - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon 21:00 - 22:00
  • Tue 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00 21:00 - 22:00
  • Fri 11:30 - 12:30 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Admission

€ 12.00 adults
€ 12.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 5.00 children (6-14 years)

not suitable for children under 6 years

groups (20 and more persons):
€ 8.00 per person +
€ 30.00 flat rate

More information

Scena Castle is accessible only during a guided tour: Tuesday to Friday at 11.30 am and 3 pm, on Mondays and Thursdays guided evening tour at 9 pm. Only cash payment.

Online reservation needed: schloss-schenna.com/anmeldung-fuehrungen-831191.html

Guided tours for groups of 20 and more persons also outside the opening hours (on request). The castle stays open from the end of March to the end of October, season start 2024 on March 25.

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