Mühlbacher Klause Castle

Rio di Pusteria, Italy

Mühlbacher Klause (Chiusa di Rio Pusteria) castle was built by Sigmund, Duke of Tyrol, between 1458 and the 1480's. It replaced an older fort, built in the 13th century and which was situated about 600 meters west of the present location.

Both fortifications were built here to control the passage through the Pusteria valley which was the border between the counties of Gorizia and Tyrol. 

In the 18th century an administration wing, once annexed to the residential building, was destroyed by a flood. Around 1871 the northeastern tower was partly destroyed.

The most recent wartime involvement of the castle dates from the so-called French War at the beginning of the 19th century, when Napoleon's troops were faced by the Tyrolese militia.



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Founded: 1458-1480
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Nick Pastore (9 months ago)
Wow a beautiful olds fortified castle right on the roadside! Nice place to stop to eat your picnic lunch!
Tomasz Włodarczyk (2 years ago)
I suppose you can't go inside and visit. Just from outside. There is no toilet around. Big parking space close to main road.
Jay French (2 years ago)
This has to be one of my favourite south Tirol castle fortifications!! I can only recommend a visit...it doesn't take too much imagination to visualise how this castle once controlled the main road through Pustertal valley for hundreds of years. (There has been a controll check point here since Roman times...the site of the earlier buildings is just a few hundred meters to the West) I particularly enjoyed the way the fortress is built into the landscape - the steep nountsin side coming down to the river in the valley floor...very cleverly done...this would have made trying to "go around" this fort practically impossible for traders and military alike.... Don't forget to visit "Franzensfeste" (the massive South Tirolean fortress controlling the road up to the Brenner pass)...it's just a short car drive away from here!! They say mussolini's Gold reserve may still be hidden somewhere here!!?....
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