Trostburg - South Tyrolean Castles Museum

Since 2005 Castel Trostburg near Ponte Gardena in Valle Isarco houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum.

The mighty Castel Trostburg, enthroned above Ponte Gardena, was mentioned for the first time in 1173 AD and was owned by the Counts of Wolkenstein-Trostburg for centuries. Also the minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein, born in 1377, belonged to this significant Tyrolean noble family and was raised at the castle. It can be reached in a 15-minutes’ walk from the village of Ponte Gardena, or in 25 minutes from the cemetery underneath the Val Gardena gallery.

Castel Trostburg, like Castel Tures, is owned by the Südtiroler Burgeninstitut (South Tyrolean Castle Institute). This volunteer association, founded in 1963, aims at researching and documenting the South Tyrolean castles as well as preserving the ancient walls and to raise awareness for the cultural heritage. This association 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 1977 Castel Trostburg was opened for the public, and since 2005 it houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum. In three rooms, in the frame of the permanent exhibition “Castles - monuments of history”, you can admire 86 models of South Tyrolean castles that are true to scale. The exhibition starts with an introduction into the world of South Tyrolean castles, with an interesting comparison of the single castles. 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).

Opening hours:
only guided visits (in German or Italian language)
from April 13 to June 30, 2017:
from Tuesday to Sunday at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
from July 1 to August 31, 2017:
from Tuesday to Sunday at 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm
from September 1 to the end of October 2017:
from Tuesday to Sunday at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
closed on Mondays

8.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
5.00 Euros (children and young people from 6 to 14 years)
6.00 Euros (students, seniors over 65)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0471 654401,

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  2. Waldheim - Alpine Appartements

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  3. House Zehentner

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  4. Ansitz Zum Steinbock

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  5. Hotel Haus an der Luck

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