Bolzano Runkelstein Castle

Runkelstein Castle
Runkelstein Castle – Photo © Andrea Martinello

Runkelstein Castle
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Frescoed Fortress

The walls of the first Runkelstein Castle were built by the Baron Wangen on an outcropping of porphyry on the outskirts of the city in the 13th century. A renowned cycle of frescoes from the 14th century depicts Tristan and Isolde, while others show games, jousting, and giants and dwarves. They are considered to be the most comprehensive and varied of medieval secular frescoes still in existence anywhere in the world. Tours of the castle daily except Mondays. Restaurant open from 12.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Admission €8 (reduced €5,50) is one of the most important castles for non sacred art in Europe with a scene of Tristan and Isolde. The castle was build in the 13th century and it’s seat of interesting temporary exhibitions.

Runkelstein Castle – Photo © Hugo Angel Bolzano

Runkelstein Castle can be reached by car or by bus (n. 12), or by taking the shuttle-bus (especially handicapped people – who can also dispose of an elevator to reach the showrooms of the exhibition). If you would like to walk or to go by bike, you can follow the path starting from the town central Piazza Walther, going along the walking path next to the Talvera river. You’d really enjoy it. As it takes only half an hour of walking to reach it, Runkelstein Castle is an ideal destination of excursions.

Opening hours:
Tuesday – sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Monday closed

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