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Three Castle Walk

This very pleasant hiking tour leads you to three popular castles: Castel d’Appiano, Castel Boymont and Castel Corba.

Our starting point is the small village of Missiano in the municipality of Appiano. Having reached the car parking space underneath Castel Corba, we start our hiking tour on an asphalted street. Very soon we can see two of the castles on our tour: first Castel Corba and than Castel Boymont, which lies a little further above in the woods. Later on, the trail leads us along vineyards and fruit orchards, presenting wonderful views to the valley and the city of Bolzano. Soon afterwards we reach a farm, which we simply cross, staying on the asphalted street. At the beginning of the wood we follow trail no. 12 until the so-called „castle trail“ (in German „Burgenweg“). Having gained height on a small steep track the trail goes on on a series of serpentines until we finally reach the tower “Kreideturm”.

We pass the „Kreideturm“, keep to the left and continue until we reach an asphalted forest street which will finally lead us to Castel d’Appiano. Before the trail gets steeper we decide to stop and drink some water we brought with us in our rucksacks. Continuing our hiking, we soon arrive at our first destination, the Castel d’Appiano. A breathtaking view to the valley and the city of Bolzano is welcoming us here! Having taken some fotos, we decide to explore the inside of the castle. Passing a small bridge we reach the castle’s gate and enter the courtyard. In the castle’s tavern we treat ourselves with some refreshing drinks.

After a short visitation we continue our hiking tour towards Castel Boymont, passing some horses and pigs who are looking at us half asleep. We follow the track steeply downwards to a gorge where we take some steps and cross a little bridge before we walk upwards again to reach the other side where we can once again enjoy the great view to the castle and its chapel. We continue our hike through the wood (trail no. 14), finally arriving at our next destination, Castel Boymont. After a short visitation, we enjoy the warming autumn sunlight. Starting our way back we take the same trail on which we came to Castel Boymont. After a few metres we turn into the trail that leads us back to Castel Corba.

Please note: This hiking tour is particularly recommendable in spring and autumn and very suitable for families since castles and their courtyards are great playgrounds for children who like adventures.

Author: ED

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Castel Corba in Missiano (municipality of Appiano in the South of South Tyrol)
Signposts: 12, “Burgenweg”, 14
Walking time: about 2 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 300 m
Experienced in: October 2008
Suitable for families? Yes, but with baby rucksacks (not with prams).

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