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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Mika Cimolini (2 years ago)
Spooky. Old castle. Beautiful. The guide was great. But only Italian or German.
Pop Kuk (2 years ago)
Nice place for family break
Karen Giacomelli (2 years ago)
Nice tour guide, interesting and entertaining also for my young children.
Andreas Kar (3 years ago)
Great place to visit, nice sightseeing spot, the castle tour was fantastic, might be interesting for children as well
Jelique DuMott (3 years ago)
Historical place with guided tour inside the building. Scheduled guided tour, so. Check up the website before. Very interesting. There's a souvenir shop. It's worth it probably to buy some silver stuff, not that expensive, good quality. Otherwise normal souvenir stuff. A coffee after or before the tour worthy.
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