Kastelbell Castle

Castelbello, Italy

Kastelbell castle was built by the lords of Montalban in the 12th century. The oldest document of castle dates back to 1238. The castle was extended from 1531 by the counts of Hendl. After fires in the 19th century it was left to decay, but restored in 1987-1995.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Ruggero Frusca (5 months ago)
La visita guidata ci ha accompagnato in un viaggio attraverso i secoli dalla prima fondazione del maniero su questa roccia aggettante sul corso dell'adige ai giorni nostri, ripercorrendo gli ampliamenti intervenuti insieme alle vicende delle casate che lo hanno abitato (von Montalban i fondatori nel 1200 e von Hendl che lo occuparono dal 1531). Agli inizi del 1800 Il castello ha subito profondi danneggiamenti a causa di intervenuti incendi. Entrato in possesso statale nel 1956 sono stati realizzati interventi di recupero completati nel 1995. Oggi è completamente restaurato ed è visitabile in molte delle sue zone: la cucina con l'adiacente sala da pranzo, le sale (ora) espositive al primo e secondo piano, la cappella e la sottostante cantina. Un luogo suggestivo da conoscere sé di passaggio in Val Venosta.
Lollo Orlandi (8 months ago)
Only show with ffp2 masks, even if vaccinated. This was not the problem, but the rudeness of the unpleasant lady who with a smile urged us to leave and who, after a good five minutes of explanation on the health regulations of South Tyrol, inconsistently left the reception by lowering the mask and staying at an insufficient distance from our person to guarantee us the same safety he was talking about a little earlier. We advise you, if you came with the wonderful little train, to get off at another stop.
Marius Muntean (2 years ago)
Nice place!
Marcus Ziegler (3 years ago)
Beautifully placed in the landscape, in midst the small village but above all buildings around (just seen it from outside)
Mario Clara (4 years ago)
Un castello fantastico. Almeno dall'esterno. Spero di avere presto la possibilità di vederlo dall'interno. Grande
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