blick zur trostburg
blick zur trostburg

Trostburg Castle

The impressive Trostburg Castle at Ponte Gardena in the Valle Isarco valley hosts the South Tyrolean Castles Museum.

Trostburg Castle - "Trostburg" in German, "Castel Trostburg" or "Castel Forte" in Italian -, one of the most splendid castles of South Tyrol, is located on a natural rocky promontory above Ponte Gardena. The history of the castle dates back to the 12th century - it was mentioned for the first time in 1173 as place of residence of a certain "Cunrat de Trosperch" (Konrad of Trostberg), descending from the Lords of Castelrotto. In 1290, the castle was passed on from the Lords of Velturno to the Lords of Tyrol, who put the castle in pawn. For about 600 years the castle remained in possession of the Earls of Wolkenstein-Trostburg, one of the main nobilities of Tyrol. In those times, the Mediaeval composer and poet Oswald von Wolkenstein grew up here (1377 - 1445).

Between the 14th and the 16th century, the castle was fundamentally enlarged and once more in the 17th century, under Engelhard Dietrich of the nobility Wolkenstein-Trostburg. In 1981, the castle was passed on into the hands of the South Tyrolean Castle Institute and thus was saved from decay. This institution strives for maintaining the special character of the castle and for making it available for public. Since 2005, Trostburg Castle has been hosting the South Tyrolean Castles Museum. Still today it is in a good state thanks to restoration and maintenance works.

There are Roman archways and arched windows, majestic panels and rooms dating back to the 16th and 17th century as well as mouldings of Renaissance in the interior of Trostburg Castle. Worth to be visited are especially the Gothic Stube with panels and richly decorated beam ceiling as well as the library, which is one of the most famous of its day. And how to reach Trostburg Castle? It is accessible only by foot. The Trostburg Path leads from Ponte Gardena (parking space) along a medieval paved path in a 15-minute walk to the castle. The Burgfrieden Path, however, is less steep but longer (30 minutes).

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Opening times

  • Tue 26 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 27 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 28 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 29 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 30 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 31 Oct 11:00 - 16:00
  • Mon 01 Nov closed

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South Tyrolean Castles Museum - autumn 2021 (09/01/2021 - 10/31/2021)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 16:00


admission with guided tour:
€ 8.00 adults
€ 6.00 groups, students
€ 6.00 seniors 65+
€ 5.00 children and young people (6-14 years)
€ 3.50 school classes

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Accessible only during a guided tour (in German and Italian language, approx. 45 minutes): in autumn at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm.

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