Taufers Castle (Castel Tures) perfectly fits the scenery in which it is located, as the high mountains of the valley serve as background. In succession of “Castel Tobel” in 1100 AD, Taufers has been mentioned for the first time in 1225. In the first half of the 14th century the Lords of Taufers were in possession of the castle, but when the last member of the family died in 1349 the castle continually deteriorated. The Romanic part of the castle - the donjon, the residential tower with double arched windows and the chapel - dates back to this time.

Only under the Dukes of Austria, the castle has been expanded in the 15th century. Buildings such as the lavatorium, drawbridges and wall walks were added. Ludwig Lobmayr renovated the castle for the first time in the early 20th century. In 1945, however, Hieronymus Gassner provided for maintenance works.

Today the South Tyrolean Castle Institute is in possession of Taufers castle. For the most part the castle is open to the public. The furniture in the 64 rooms is near-completely intact and old tiled stoves heat the residential rooms. Pine panelling, frescos by Friedrich Pacher in the chapel, armoires dating back to different eras, armaments and a huge library provide a special insight into the history of the castle.

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Founded: 1225
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Andreas Hoffmann (7 months ago)
amazing castle in a very good shape. we very much enjoyed the exclusive guided tour by a very kind tour guide and in deep background information.
Henrieta Futasová (8 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit. You can smell the history there. Very polite and funny guide.
Pasquale De Muro (12 months ago)
Beautiful medieval castle. Choose the guided tour: the young guide is good, enthusiastic, and kind.
Fabio SBS (13 months ago)
We took the night tour and I consider that a big mistake. The tour was interesting, but many rooms of the castle were closed or very dark, besides that you just have about 20 minutes to walk around after the tour because the castle shuts at 22:00. I would definitely NOT TAKE THE NIGHT TOUR if I knew that before.
Gareth Simpson (2 years ago)
Parking is mental and the exhibitions were either not working or had nothing to do with the history of the castle.
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