Churburg Castle

Sluderno, Italy

Churburg Castle (Castel Coira in Italian) is one of the best preserved castles of South Tyrol. In 1259 this building was mentioned for the first time under the name “Curberch” in a document of the archbishop Heinrich von Monfort, which had the castle built around 1250. However, already in 1297 the castle passed to the Lords of Mazia, which were in constant feud with the prince-bishopric of Chur. At the beginning of the 16th century, after the death of the last representative of the Lords of Mazia, the castle again changed hands and passed on to the Counts of Trapp.

The most ancient nucleus of the Romanesque period is represented by the donjon, the great hall and the circular wall. Up until the 16th century the castle was able to preserve its Mediaeval appearance. Only when it passed into the hands of the Counts of Trapp, substantial renovations and extensions were made. In the course of this period, residential buildings, Zwinger palaces, chapels, bays and garden terraces in gothic style were annexed. Only in the second half of the 16th century the castle was converted into a Renaissance castle.

Today the castle, which has never been destroyed, offers a rich variety of well-furbished rooms. Particularly interesting for those who love arts are the Madonna sculpture, the funeral shields in the castle chapel and the decorated arcades with Renaissance vault made of the typical marble of Lasa in Val Venosta. Moreover Castel Coira offers the largest private armory worldwide, including an almost complete collection of armaments for the entire castle crew with more than 50 suits of armour, thrustings and swords.

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Francesco Lorenzi (3 years ago)
The castle is extremely well preserved and the guide was very informative. The tour takes about an hour, guiding you through the castle, the history of Val Venosta and generations of noble families that still, to this very day, own the castle. Most definitely worth a visit (but don't forget to call in advance and book!)
Maciej Majewski (3 years ago)
Interesting guided Tour through unique picturesque setting
Laura Done (4 years ago)
Gorgeous castle. Guided tour.
Paolo Ma (4 years ago)
Very nice and historically rich castle. You enter via guided tour and will be welcome with the typical Tyrolean warm atmosphere.
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