Velthurns Castle

Feldthurns, Italy

Velthurns (Velturno) Castle was built by Cardinal Christof Madrutz and Bishop Johannes Spaur in Renaissance style between 1577 and 1587. It was used as summer residence of the archbishops of Bressanone (Brixen) until 1803.

Once the castle was known for its deer garden, the fish pond and the huge aviary for birds, today the complex itself is a sight on its own. Worth mentioning is above all the St Catherine’s Chapel on the ground floor and its altarpiece by Hans Schmid and, on the upper floor, the Renaissance panelling, carved portals, ovens, frescoes, secco paintings and inlayings such as the gilded waffle-slab ceilings in the Prince’s Room. They are one of the most significant cabinet makings of the Renaissance period in the Southern German area. Open to the public are also an archaeological collection and a collection of South Tyrolean artworks of the period between the 15th and the 20th century.

In the so-called Schreiberhaus of Castel Velturno, there is an interesting collection of farmers’ items and objects of everyday life for vine-growing and wood processing.

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Founded: 1577-1587
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Luca Ambrogi (17 months ago)
Fatto in bici e già per questo per me merita 5 stelle la salita è pedalabile e in Marzo con un traffico sopportabile la vista da sopra sulla valle molto bella il castello l'ho visto solo dall'esterno.
John Davis (2 years ago)
Great Schloss but tours are in strong German/Austrian accent.
Trebron Rerrak (2 years ago)
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Zsófia Lukács (3 years ago)
Guide only in italian an german languages. The audioguide in english is wery boaring and not the same, what the guide had speekd.
musicvideomaster (3 years ago)
Magnificent bishops palace, a real gem!!! Original finishings in interior and still in great shape. Highly recommended!!
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