schloss tirol
schloss tirol

Tyrol Castle

Nowadays, the family seat of the Lords of Tyrol hosts the South Tyrolean Cultural History Museum.

One upon a time, Tyrol Castle was the seat of the Lords of Tyrol whose last member died in 1253. Today, however, it is the symbol of the whole area - the castle gave the name for the "Land Tirol" that was brought to light by Meinhard, Duke of Carinthia, in the 13th century. The circular wall, constructed around 1100 AD, today is one of the oldest preserved circuar walls all over. The second construction phase under the Lords of Tyrol dates to 1140. Under the rule of Margaret, Countess of Tyrol, the building had its booming years - when she abdicated, the residence of the Lords of Tyrol was transferred to Innsbruck.

Still today, Tyrol Castle - "Schloss Tirol" in German, "Castel Tirolo" in Italian - is located in majestic position high above Merano on a huge moraine. Remaining are the impressive portals as well as the castle chapel. Inside it, there are numerous Gothic frescos and the oldest glass paintings of Tyrol as well as a Crucifixion Group larger than life-sized. Above the entrance to the chapel you can see the oldest portrayal of the Tyrolean Eagle, dating back to the 13th century.

After restoration works in the 20th century, since 2003 the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History has been hosted inside the complex. It provides an insight into the history of Tyrol down to the present day on 20 different levels. Close the Tyrol Castle, there is also the "Bird Care Centre" which offers flight shows on a regular basis. And how to reach the castle? From Tirolo (parking spaces, subject to charge) the Castle Path leads you in a pleasant 30-minute walk to the castle, passing an old tunnel and the Earth Pyramids of Tirolo. The path is closed to traffic.

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Opening times

  • Thu 30 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 01 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 02 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 03 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 04 Jul closed
  • Tue 05 Jul 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 06 Jul 10:00 - 17:00

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Museum of Culture and Provincial History - season 2022 (03/15/2022 - 12/08/2022)

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

Easter 2022 (04/17/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2022 (04/18/2022) closed

Liberation Day 2022 (04/25/2022) closed

Labor Day 2022 (05/01/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Republic Day 2022 (06/02/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) closed

All Saints 2022 (11/01/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 8.00 adults, young people (16-18 years)
€ 5.50 groups (more than 15 persons), seniors 65+
€ 3.50 students and apprentices (up to 27 years)

€ 16.00 family ticket (2 adults with children under 14 years)
€ 8.00 family ticket (1 adult with children under 14 years)

free for children under 6 years

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Temporary exhibitions:
March 26 - June 15, 2022: Lois Fasching & Arnold Mario Dall'O "Global '500. 1522–2022"
March 26 - June 15, 2022: Georg Thuille "Menschenbilder" (Images of mankind)

The "Children's Castle" play area is not accessible at the moment. Audio guides for children and adults in English, German and Italian language available.

Guided tours for school classes and groups on request.

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