Bruneck Castle

Brunico, Italy

Bruneck (Brunico) Castle lies on the top of the hill that dominates Brunico, the city on the Rienza river. In the middle of the 13th century , the bishop of Bressanone, Bruno von Kirchberg, commissioned the building of the castle in order to protect his lands in the Val Pusteria, laying the foundations for the city of Brunico.

The interiors of the castle host numerous emblems of the bishops who lived here: Albert von Enna (1323-1326), Ulrich Putsch (1427-1437), Andreas of Austria (1591-1600), the bishops of Spaur and Welsperg. All of them contributed to the building of the castle, either by extending or restoring it.Unfortunately, many of the frescos in the rooms and halls of the castle are poorly preserved. However, the unique atmosphere of the castle still attracts many visitors.

In July 2011 the fifth MMM, Messner Mountain Museum, was opened at Brunico Castle. Its interactive collection mainly focuses on the everyday culture of mountain people like Sherpas, Indios, Tibetans, Mongols and Hunzas.



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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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Lejla Saric Saric (4 months ago)
It is a challenge to reach the Castle because of the snow. The exhibition is good, but it is so cold inside. The view is incredible. With the transport ticket the museum is free.
alice bindi (10 months ago)
kinda expensive but there were also many exhibitions inside and the view was absolutely stunning from the top of the tower. it was a bit disappointing that only a few rooms were kept to their original state. Still really enjoyable
Vít Tošovský (10 months ago)
Mountaneering life exhibit is very interesting and located in medieval castle makes great atmosphere. If you're passing by, it's worth a visit.
José Luis (12 months ago)
The previous day we visited Messner mountain Firmian and we were delighted, so we wanted to give an opportunity to this one. The ticket costs 14 euros but is free with the ritten card. The museum was super disappointing. The locations were numbered but you cannot find any signal related to this. The pieces organization seems totally random. There are some dark rooms that you cannot almost see nothing. There’s only one person working at the ticket entrance and another one in the shop. The place looked barely abandoned. We did one hour car to see this but I can assure you Rios museum is not worth it at all. Not recommended even with the free entrance.
Tom van den Heuvel (2 years ago)
A little disappointed about the lack off information about the building. But some very interesting information about the history of people around the world. There is also a cafe/bistro. But it only had one staff member, and was not able to keep up. He really needed more staff!! But he did the best he could
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