Maultasch Castle

Terlano, Italy

The ruins of Castel Neuhaus, also known as Maultasch Castle, are located above Terlano (Terlan). Castel Neuhaus is almost imperceptible from the bottom of the Adige valley, only its donjon rises into the sky. The castle was first mentioned in 1228, and was probably constructed as border fortress for the Counts of Tyrol as shelter from the Counts of Bolzano. In the second half of the 13th century slightly below the castle a custom station was built. However, soon the buildings started dwindling in importance, as Bolzano was occupied by Meinhard, Duke of Carinthia, without cease.

It is presumed that Margaret, nicknamed Margarete Maultasch, loved to spend some time at this castle when she was Countess of Tyrol, but unfortunately this is undocumented. For this reason, in common parlance this ruin is also referred to as “Maultasch Castle”.

In the period of time between 1382 and 1559 the Lords of Niedertor of Bolzano resided in the castle, while the Lords of Wolkenstein, owners of Castel Trostburg, did so until 1733. The Counts of Enzenberg, however, had the castle consolidated and in parts renovated. Today Castel Neuhaus is a popular excursion destination, as it is easily reachable also for families with children on the Margarete Trail in Terlano.



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Founded: 1228
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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miriana bazzanella (17 months ago)
Nice castle. The ruins could be better cared for as there are some dangerous passages (unfenced holes in the floor, open gates that lead to a jump of several metres).. but they are precisely "ruins" there it is. The building itself is quite large and there are various places to visit... You park at the side of the road to go to Meltina and then there are two ways to get there: a first very short walk of 20 minutes that takes you from under the toll booth, or you have to go up a nice path in the woods and then go down.. here however the descent has some exposed and quite steep points and the walk is quite long. Both routes are beautiful.
Spacy Traveler (2 years ago)
Wonderful view of the Adige Valley and towards Meran! A half-hour hike from the car park on Möltner Strasse is well worth it!
chaledav (2 years ago)
Beautiful and short excursion to the ruins of Castel Neuhaus, commonly called Castel Maultasch. It is located at 400 meters above sea level, on a spur overlooking the town of Terlano. Simple walk of about 40 minutes, of which only the last 5 are more demanding.
gianfo conforti (2 years ago)
The walk that leads to the ruins of Castel Maultasch is one of those experiences not to be missed if you are in the Terlano area. You can park on the road that goes up to Meltina about 1.5km from Merano. From there a well-signposted path starts in the woods which leads directly and easily in about 45 minutes to the castle. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama and the atmospheres evoked by the ruins and the exuberant greenery will satisfy your spirit and transport you for a moment out of reality. Look among the fronds of the lower branches for the cave that leads into a well-preserved room on the ground floor. A curiosity from a wine lover: in the past this castle was also called Nova Domus, as one of the most famous local cuvées. Peace of mind!
S P (2 years ago)
Beautiful ring route .. there are two climbs with different difficulty .. I preferred the steeper one with the stone pavement. The local flora is varied and is left free to vegetate, without excessive anthropic interventions. The view from the top is breathtaking and the castle is very impressive even if I found it a bit shabby.
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