RS Trostburg Lajen Ried Winter
RS Trostburg Lajen Ried Winter

South Tyrolean Castles Museum

Castel Trostburg high above Ponte Gardena in the Valle Isarco valley houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum.

Castel Trostburg, enthroned above Ponte Gardena (Waidbruck), dates back to the 12th century. It was owned by the significant Tyrolean noble family of the Counts of Wolkenstein-Trostburg for centuries - also the minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein, born in 1377, belonged to this family and was raised at the castle. It has been open for public already since 1977, and for some years now it houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum - "Südtiroler Burgenmuseum" in German, "Museo dei Castelli dell'Alto Adige" in Italian - which tells the interesting story of the castles in the region.

Castel Trostburg is owned today by the South Tyrolean Castle Institute, a volunteer association founded in 1963, which is also in possession of other complexes such as Castel Tures in the Valle di Tures valley. The association aims at researching and documenting the South Tyrolean castles as well as preserving the ancient walls and to raise awareness for the cultural heritage. It also cooperates with Italian associations and international federations such as Europa nostra, the project team of German speaking castle associations (ADV) and the European Castle Institute.

In the frame of the permanent exhibition "Castles - Monuments of History", the museum shows 86 models of South Tyrolean castles that are true to scale. The exhibition starts with an introduction into the world of these castles, with an interesting comparison of the single buildings. Room 2 shows models of the years 1923 to 1963. The exhibition in room 3 is finally dedicated to the life of the modeller Ludwig Mitterdorfer (1885 - 1963) and the castle researcher Josef Weingartner (1885 - 1957). And how to reach the museum? The paved Trostburg Path leads from Ponte Gardena (parking space) up to the castle (15 minutes). The Burgfrieden Path is less steep but longer (30 minutes). Taxi Torggler in Barbiano offers also a shuttle service (phone: +39 0471 650004).

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Tue 19 Jan closed
  • Wed 20 Jan closed
  • Thu 21 Jan closed
  • Fri 22 Jan closed
  • Sat 23 Jan closed
  • Sun 24 Jan closed
  • Mon 25 Jan closed

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 01/31/2021)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed


Admission with guided tour:
€ 8.00 adults
€ 6.00 groups, students, elderly (over 65)
€ 5.00 children (6-14 years)
€ 3.50 school classes

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