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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Amit Sidhpura (19 months 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!
Eugene Tsvetichov (2 years ago)
Wonderful place!
Katrin Marie (2 years ago)
Wunderschöne Location, Frühstück reichhaltig und sehr gut, ebenso das Abendessen. Top Wellnessbereich!
Hubert Sixt (2 years ago)
Traumhaft! Von A bis Z ein wunderbarer Aufenthalt. Sehr persönlich, überaus freundlich und toller Service!
gabriele buora (3 years ago)
La mia non può esser considerata una compiuta esperienza e per questo limito le stelle. Il luogo incantevole tuttavia le meriterebbe tutte e 5. Mi sono solo soffermato transitando in moto. Sensazione di grande relax, eleganza e riservatezza. Notevole posizione dominante la valle...più sotto invece un po' trafficata. Un'oasi. Se mai mi capiterà vorrei anche completare le impressioni soggiornandovi.
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