Rafenstein Castle

Bolzano, Italy

The romantic ruin of Rafenstein castle rises high above the city of Bolzano at the entrance of Val Sarentino. The complex was constructed in the 13th century by the Bishop of Trento Friedrich von Wangen in order to control the commercial relationship between north and south and in order to keep the sovereignty of Bolzano. As this is also where an important commercial road passed by, this castle in the Mediaeval and still in early modern times was rather significant.

In these days Castel Rafenstein was only composed of a great hall, a low donjon as well as a circular wall. Only in the 14th century an outer ward, a bastille and a southern wing were added to the complex. In 1357 the castle was owned by Franz von Ravenstein. As his son died very early, the possession was handed over to the Goldegg family, thereon it was bequested to the Weinecker family. From 1500 to 1599 Sigmund Gerstl and Hans Wueff owned the castle, afterwards the Earls of Wolkenstein took it over.

The most significant construction phase of Castel Rafenstein took place in the 16th century, when the Mediaeval complex became a late Gothic building. Only in the 19th century, when they did no longer inhabit the castle, it began to decay. After extensive stabilisation works and renovation works in the last years, the ruin of Castel Rafenstein is now accessible again to the public. Closeby there’s a restaurant, named “Schloss Rafenstein”, offering homemade South Tyrolean specialities.

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Via Rafenstein, Bolzano, Italy
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.suedtirolerland.it

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Matteo Bertoldi (3 months ago)
You eat well (Frittatensuppe and veal cutlet), drink a little less (avoid the loose St. Magdalena, bad) and the outdoor terrace is splendid, with a view over the whole of Bolzano. Unfortunately, however, the service was unsatisfactory: when we arrived, our reserved table was not yet available, which is why we sat outside. The bread, despite having been requested several times, never arrived, the table was prepared in the best possible way. To a hint of criticism the answer was "we have too many tables and too few staff"; it is better to change something.
Mr. X (4 months ago)
Very good, down to earth. Adventurous approach
Margret SE (2 years ago)
Cozy place
Isabel Biasion (2 years ago)
Die Lage ist schön. Service ist nicht freundlich (wir wurden weder freundlich begrüßt noch willkommen geheißen) es ist nicht normal dass die Gäste die Gastgeber begrüßen. Das Essen war durchschnittlich bzw. es wurde die falsche Bestellung gebracht(statt Rindfleisch, Kalbfleisch). Jedoch meldeten wir dies nicht da wir bereits 45minuten darauf warteten. Es ist normal dass viel zu tun ist, jedoch hatten alle um uns herum bereits gegessen. Leider bin ich ziemlich enttäuscht, war bereits vor 2 Jahren zu Ostern da und es war top. Aber heute kann ich dies leider nicht sagen! Wir wurden als Gäste nicht geschätzt und dies wurde uns auch mitgeteilt.
Andrea Gelmetti (2 years ago)
Posto incantevole, che domina la città di Bolzano. Per arrivarci abbiamo fatto una strada asfaltata, molto ripida, circa il 35% di pendenza (il difficile è stato scendere). Ci si può arrivare anche in auto, c'è il parcheggio. Si mangia bene ed i prezzi sono inferiori a quelli del centro di Bolzano. Ci tornerò sicuramente!
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