Brunnenburg Castle

Tirolo, Italy

Brunnenburg (Castel Fontana) is situated above the city of Merano, on the outskirts of the municipality of Tirol (Tirolo). Originally built circa 1250, the castle was completely restored and updated in the mid-20th century by Boris and Mary de Rachewiltz, who have made it their home.

Today Brunnenburg  hosts an Agriculture Museum, dedicated to ethnology, ethnography and folk arts. Moreover it makes visitors familiar with the processing of crops and bread making, the preparation of butter and cheese and much more and illustrates the hard everyday life of South Tyrolean farmers in former periods.

Also almost forgotten professions such as shoemaking and weaving are presented, preventing these activities from falling into oblivion. Finally, the castle is also home to farm animals, above all an attraction for kids.

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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Samy Smart (4 years ago)
Nice burg
Arjen Meurs (5 years ago)
Interesting vollection. Fine castle
Selva Calixto (5 years ago)
We had the chance to meet Mrs. Mary. She is very kind. The museum and castle itself are full of historical information from the farm life in Tyrol as well as Mrs. Mary’s father, the poet Ezra Pound.
Kelsey Jones (5 years ago)
Such a magical place!! A wonderful family owned and operated museum dedicated to farming on the slopes. And while you can't go up the towers of the castle because it is where the family lives, the parts you can visit are breathtaking!!
Jessica Frey (6 years ago)
Lived here for three months. One of the best experiences of my life. Amazing Family.
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