Welsberg Castle (Castel Monguelfo in Italian) lies in a strategic position above Casies Valley. The castle was built in 1140 by the two brother Schwinkher and Otto von Welsberg. This latest wanted the overhanging upon his lands. For more than 800 years the castle had been property of the von Welsbergs, one of the mightiest families in Tyrol, who obtained the title of Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in 1693 by the emperor Leopold I.

The construction can be divided into two main periods: the first Romanesque one in the XII century, and the second one, in the gothic and Renaissance period in the XVI century. The oldest element of the castle is the tall defensive tower built between 1126 and 1140. Around it the old Romanesque chapel, the residential building, and the other buildings had been built.

In 1765 the castle was destroyed by a fire and the upper floor had to be broken up and the roof brought down to the present height. Since then the castle had been forgotten till recent times when the heir of the Welspergs entrusted it to the Kuratorium Committee which completely restored it and made visits available during summer season.

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Antonio Pio Nardella (2 years ago)
È stata una piacevole scoperta, infatti ci siamo trovati lì per caso. Il castello è ben tenuto, i ragazzi alla reception sono cordialissimi. Il prezzo d'ingresso è veramente basso e il Tour dura all'incirca un ora.
Massimo Cerri (2 years ago)
Il castello e' molto piccolo ma ben curato con un percorso preciso. L'ingresso molto economico. In questo periodo il castello si può visitare solo il giovedi !
SIMONA MANFREDINI (2 years ago)
Visitato con i miei due figli. Il luogo è bello e da fuori mi è piaciuto. Dentro un pò scarno a parte la mostra di sculture in legno davvero belle. Anche se piccoli i miei figli erano interessati! Lo consiglio!
Andrea Garbo (2 years ago)
Molto bello e ben curato. All'ingresso danno una guida cartacea che spiega bene le stanze aperte alle visite. Ingresso economico. Dal cortile interno si gode di una vista bellissima. A mio avviso merita una visita. Per arrivarci si possono fare a piedi 2 percorsi, uno più corto ed uno più lungo. Chi preferisce arriva vicino con l'auto e trova dei parcheggi comodi e gratuiti.
Mario Sardu (2 years ago)
Un castello piuttosto piccolo, per gli standard dell'Alto Adige, ben curato e "vissuto" per iniziative culturali.... Ma.... Manca qualcosa. L'impressione è che, alla fine, sia più scenografico che bello. Il colpo d'occhio dall'esterno è più appagante della visita delle sale. Voto: solo una sufficienza piena
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