Castelrotto village

With the mighty steeple of the S. Pietro e Paolo parish church, Castelrotto is the home of the famous music group “Kastelruther Spatzen”.

The village of Castelrotto is located in a sheltered position between the Calvario and the Bullaccia, directly at the foot of the Alpe di Siusi, at an altitude of 1,060 m asl. Already from afar you can see the mighty Baroque steeple in the centre of the village. With a hight of considerable 82 metres, this steeple is not only one of the highest, but also the one with the most delightful bell-ringing far and wide. The name Castelrotto probably derives from a destroyed castle (Castel Ruptum), which is evident from documents of the 10th century.

The village is rich in attractions: beside the large number of castles and ruins in the surroundings, there are several artfully painted building facades. Tradition has also an important role to play, the traditional costumes can be admired on certain feast days such as Corpus Christi or the harvest festival.

The chief village of the Sciliar area has got several famous citizens, such as the historian Leo Santifaller, who was born in Castelrotto, as well as the minnesinger Oswald von Wolkenstein. Also the famous folk music group Kastelruther Spatzen comes from this village.

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