Being a knight or damsel once in a lifetime, isn’t that a childhood dream? In South Tyrol, there are several interesting knight’s castles.
South Tyrol is rich in castles of any dimension, some very interesting places, above all for kids, are presented below. Let's start in the western part of the region: Castel Coira in Sluderno in the Val Venosta valley provides an insight into the life at the castle in the 13th century. Particularly interesting is the armory, which is the largest private collection of arms in the world. It includes an almost complete equipment for the occupation of a castle with more than 50 armours, thrustings and swords. Your kids will absolutely be amazed! By the way, the highlight of Castel Coira are the Medieval Knight Games South Tyrol, taking place in August on a field near the castle.
Worth a visit with all your family is also Castel Juval, the residence of Reinhold Messner in the Val Venosta valley. The MMM Juval museum is dedicated to the "Myth of the mountain". Kids above all appreciate the little park with animals that live on the mountains. To complete the day, we recommend a stop at the Schlosswirt tavern, having some home-made products. Also worth seeing is the armory and gun room of Castel Presule in Fiè allo Sciliar. In front of the beautifully located castle at the foot of Mt. Sciliar, there is also much space for playing, in order that mum and dad can also enjoy the great view for a little while. It's the location where every year the famous Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride with its medieval tournaments on horseback takes place.
A little more eerie is a visit of Castel Tures in the Tures and Aurina Valley in the east of South Tyrol, a side valley of the Val Pusteria valley, where you are going to make a special experience. In the ward, kids are transformed in little ghosts, equipped with lanterns and made ready for the special guided tour. In this tour, kids are going to meet ghosts, gnomes and dwarfs, and they are accompanied by Lady Bountiful. It's the witching hour on Castel Tures...