Leuchtenburg Castle

Vadena, Italy

Leuchtenburg Castle (Castelchiaro) above Lake Caldaro towers into the sky in the surroundings of Castel Varco in the locality of Vadena. The castle was probably constructed in 1250 by the Lords of Rottenburg. The castle complex has been protected by a circular wall which protected the castle complex from assaults. Due to the fact that the position of the castle is not really well-protected it has presumably been constructed in order to impress.

Numerous castles of the Rottenburg leadership have been razed after the conflicts with Frederick IV, Duke of Austria, in 1410, but not Leuchtenburg, which was handed over to the sovereigns and in the following years was lent to officials of Caldaro. After 1610 Leuchtenburg remained uninhabited and started decaying.

Only in the 20th century the walls of the ruins were conserved. Leuchtenburg consists of a circular wall inside which there were several residential buildings. However, today these buildings could only be preserved to some extend. However, there are also well-preserved rests of the great hall with frescos dating back to the 15th century.

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SP162, Vadena, Italy
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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.suedtirolerland.it

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Michael Georg Wittmann (5 months ago)
A good 30-minute walk from Lake Caldaro, east side, over a partly steep and rocky forest path. The ruin is, well.. a ruin. You can get inside via a small ladder and get an impression of the premises. There are traces of a wall painting, remains of the supporting beams of the false ceilings. The outer walls are largely preserved, as are some inner walls. The roof and any false ceilings are long gone. A must for ruin hunters staying in the region. The history of the castle can be read in many places.
Josef Lageder (10 months ago)
Beautiful ruin, very easy to get to.
Mauro T. C. (2 years ago)
Beautiful ruins of Leuchtenburg Castle, in an elevated position on Lake Caldaro.
GURU MN (3 years ago)
Nice old ruine. Nice place to hike and hangout. Noisy from motorway though
Stefano Parisi (3 years ago)
Bella passeggiata per arrivare al rudere con un paesaggio rilassante.
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