Kehlburg Castle

Gais, Italy

The Kehlburg castle was built probably in 933 By the bishop Altwin of Brixen at the hillside over Gais. The most important owners later were the noble family Rost zu Aufhofen, which had the castle in possession for nearly three centuries.

After the fire in 1944 where the castle was nearly completely destroyed, the chapel of the holy Erasmus was rebuild so this was used for many years as a much visited pilgrimage. Unfortunately the castle and the chapel is damaged by vandalism.


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Via Santa Caterina, Gais, Italy
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Founded: 933 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Vi Emm (14 months ago)
channel max (16 months ago)
Of ancient origin (it was built in the twelfth century on a previous settlement of the year one thousand) and is located almost 1200 meters high, dominating the valley. It can be reached with a path (n.2) from the underlying village of Gais, in an hour's walk (with some points a bit steep and others in a dense forest ..). From a distance, the external structure appears to be intact, but up close, one realizes that its interiors are "dangerously" in ruins, due to the state of neglect in which the castle is located (it has been abandoned since 1944, when hit..). The ancient chapel dedicated to St. Erasmus, despite being dilapidated, still retains some ancient frescoes. The castle and the surrounding woods are privately owned. My visit dates back to the pre-covid period.
Alessandro Agrati (2 years ago)
Ruined castle near the hamlet of Villa Santa Caterina. It can be reached with a rather steep walk of 30/40 minutes.
Peter Keim (2 years ago)
Only ruins, but worth a visit
Lula (4 years ago)
Romantisch, schöne Wanderung, leider kein Burgbesuch möglich
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