Maretsch Castle

Bolzano, Italy

Maretsch Castle (Castel Mareccio) is a picturesque 13th century castle surrounded by vineyards. The oldest tower of the castle has been built in 1194 by Berthold von Maretsch - according to documents he was a commissary of the Lords of Tyrol and lawyer in Bolzano. In the beginning there was only the massive donjon, which can still be seen today.

In the 13th and 14th century different owners kept amplifying the castle complex. Also the defensive corridor and the crenellations date back to these times. In 1477 Sigmund Römer purchased the complex. The Römer family started rebuilding the castle, changing the medieval complex into a Renaissance building between 1560 and 1570. Four round towers were added in the course of these works which lasted for several decades. Also frescos were commissioned illustrating philosophers of these days.

In the 1980s the building has been restored but is no longer inhabited. Today this castle is merely venue for fairs, concerts, weddings and various other events. From the old town of Bolzano, capital city of the province of South Tyrol, you can reach Castel Mareccio within a few minutes’ walk.

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Karlo Šunjo (2 years ago)
Looks gorgeous but is actually conference center and not the museum if I understand correctly
Wasim Mustafa (3 years ago)
A small castle. There isn't too much to see, but the surrounding vineyards are quite nice and it was a ~20 minute walk from the train station (not too bad if you're interrailing, like myself!) There is an entrance fee of €5 to enter the castle itself; personally I think that the outside is better, but at that price it doesn't hurt to give it a look.
Rostislav Kinst (3 years ago)
Nice view.
Lukas Renggli (4 years ago)
Presumably a great location for conferences and other events. Looks nice from the outside, the vineyards and mountains surrounding it. Inside is rather plain. Very close to the city center.
Anthony Langone (4 years ago)
Beautiful castle right in the city center, surrounded by vineyards
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