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Castel Tirolo and the Castle

The Burggrafenamt- land of castles and manor houses

Traces of the Middle Ages are ubiquitous in the Merano and Environs region: the traditional name for the district, Burggrafenamt, literally meaning “district of the burgraves”, is among them. In addition to the castle villages of the highlands, Tesimo (Tisens) and Prissiano (Prissian), there are palaces, manors, and summer residences that date back ten centuries in Lana, Scena (Schenna), Tirolo (Dorf Tirol) and Marlengo (Marling). The oldest manors date to the early Middle Ages while the most recent magnificent castles date from the time of the late Baroque.

South Tyrol has over 400 castles, manor houses, and ruins - it is, in fact, the European region with the highest number of castles. Over two million cultural assets are registered across the province. One of the most important structuresof Merano and Environs is Tyrol Castle from the eleventh/twelfth century, which gave its name to the Province of Tyrol and now houses the South Tyrol Museum of History and Culture. Monteleone (Lebenberg) Castle and Scena (Scenna) Castle, which dates to 1350 and was acquired by Archduke Johann in 1844, are among the others.

The castle villages of Tisens-Prissian
The probably densest concentration of castles and palaces in Merano and its environs can be found in two villages not far from Merano. Indeed the villages Tisens and Prissian are often called 'castle villages' , since many aristocrats spent their summer holidays there. Although today the double-towered Leonburg castle is in private hands and therefore not open to public, the majority of the seven castles do offer at least partial access: Katzenzungen castle opens its doors for exhibitions, Fahlberg castle has a coffeehouse and the historic fortified castle even boasts a hotel... And, if you just feel like following in the footsteps of noblemen and noblewomen, a castle walking tour between these pictorial villages, maybe at apple blossom time, is a delight you will doubtlessly enjoy.


Tyrol Castle
The majestic walls of the former place of the Counts of Tyrol in Tirolo rise above the basin of Merano as a vivid representation of history.
Tyrol Castle, whose first phase of construction took place as early as the 11th century, was the seat of local government until 1420, overseeing an economic and cultural Golden Age, and many of the castle's treasures date to this period.

Opening hours
from 14th March to 8th December 2014
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 to 31 August until 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

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