Boymont Castle

Eppan, Italy

Boymont Castle ruins are famous for the panoramic view. It was built between 1220-1240 by the relative of the Count of Eppan. Especially in the 14th century the family Boymont played an important role. After them the Castel was in the hands of the Austrian Ulrich Kässler for a short period after he married the rich daughter Barbara of Boymont in 1413. In 1425 Castel Boymont was victim of arson and has not been rebuilt after that event.

Boymont has not been build for a military reason, but it was more like a beautiful residential house. After it changed the owner a several times, nowadays it is property of Fritz Dellago since 1977, who had it restored and consolidated.

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Hocheppaner Weg 3A, Eppan, Italy
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Founded: 1220
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.eppan.com

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Luigi Perin (11 days ago)
Nice
Arno Chauveau (3 months ago)
Great place to have a snack and drink. Beautiful!
Alexander Dz (5 months ago)
Great place to go to with a short hike.
Florian Lemke (13 months ago)
Cool place for a quick hike. You will get rewarded with some good beer, snacks and wine.
Silpa Parmar (3 years ago)
The walk wasn't too bad (it took us 17 minutes but we were sweaty by the time we got to the top!)... meant we burnt off some calories before replenishing them with beer and ribs. The horseradish is spicy but delicious. Amazing views. Definitely worth the trek if you're in the area.
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