Sonnenburg Castle

Castelbadia, Italy

Sonnenburg castle hill has almost 4000 years history. It has been an early historical settlement, Roman camp, early medieval castle complex, 750 years as a convent, stone quarry, ruins and poorhouse. In 1022 Count Volkhold gave the castle to Benedictines and it was converted as an abbey. The ruins of the apses, which grow out of the rock, archaic and replete with strength, tell of power and wealth, faith and devotion, but likewise of deterioration and decline.

Today’s Sonnenburg is a hotel with a reservoir of historical detail. Wandering through the house we come across impressive relicts from bygone times: Gothic frescos in the former chancel, coffered ceiling in the Residenzstube (“Residence Parlour”), Stone age spearhead and the “in-house Saint Clement” who rests in the crypt.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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www.sonnenburg.com

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Mauro T. C. (11 months ago)
Romantic Schlosshotel in the immediate vicinity of the town of San Lorenzo di Sebato, in the middle of the Val Pusteria and therefore in a strategic position for 360 ° excursions
Wai Ming Chan (2 years ago)
Not really much to see.
Satya Menon (2 years ago)
Elite hotel, happy to meet an Indian hotel staff here.
Amit Sidhpura (2 years ago)
An incredible hotel and restaurant with the most unique surroundings I’ve ever experienced. Take a step back 4000+ plus years in history as the family owners greet and welcome you into their world and share their journey of how they restored this once beautiful, yet dilapidated convent into the heritage building you see today. The owners are more like historians, you feel the passion straight away as they share the history of the caste, little “wow” stories combined into a personal tour of the grounds and building. You’ll walk away with an unforgettable experience and an admiration for the owners lifelong dedication and hard work to bring back to life a chapter of history for us and for generations to all experience and enjoy!
Amit Sidhpura (2 years ago)
An incredible hotel and restaurant with the most unique surroundings I’ve ever experienced. Take a step back 4000+ plus years in history as the family owners greet and welcome you into their world and share their journey of how they restored this once beautiful, yet dilapidated convent into the heritage building you see today. The owners are more like historians, you feel the passion straight away as they share the history of the caste, little “wow” stories combined into a personal tour of the grounds and building. You’ll walk away with an unforgettable experience and an admiration for the owners lifelong dedication and hard work to bring back to life a chapter of history for us and for generations to all experience and enjoy!
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