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Schloss Tirol castle: old walls with history

Schloss Tirol castle: old walls with history
Schloss Tirol perches on a hill in Dorf Tirol above Meran. Here, you can find history made tangible and a birds of prey show.
If you follow the Schlossweg path in Dorf Tirol coming from the parish church, another view across the vineyards and into the Etsch river valley and Vinschgau valley opens up after a few steps. Schloss Tirol forms part of this picture, too, rising up majestically atop a moraine hill. It may be reached in around 20 minutes on the well-trod, sunny path to the castle, which also leads through an 83-metre-long tunnel – called 'Knappenloch'.
 
 
Schloss Tirol: the cradle of Tyrol
The hill that Schloss Tirol stands on today was settled back in the early Middle Ages. Archaeologists found an early Christian church and graves indicating an early settlement there. Schloss Tirol was built in three stages, starting in 1100. The curtain wall surrounding the castle has remained intact until today and is considered to be one of the oldest castle walls ever. Schloss Tirol was the ancestral seat of the Counts of Tyrol and lent the county of Tyrol its name. The castle had its heyday under Margarete Maultasch, who successfully defended it against Karl von Luxembourg in 1347 before passing it on to her closest relative, Rudolf der Stifter, or Rudolf the Founder, from the House of Habsburg.
 
 
 Following the traces of history
Schloss Tirol has housed the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History since 2003. The history of South Tyrol leading into the 20th century is on display in the castle keep. One area of the museum is dedicated to archaeological finds from prehistoric times. The early Gothic frescoes inside the chapel and their Romanesque porches adorned with mythical creatures out of marble are a highlight of Schloss Tirol. The Tyrolean eagle at the entrance to the chapel is worth a look: it is the oldest preserved depiction of this heraldic animal of Tyrol from the 13th century.
 
 
Raptors and owls close up
The rescue centre for wild birds at Schloss Tirol lies right next to the castle, on a sunny hill with all-round views. There are flight demonstrations every day involving raptors and owls – it's not just the children that will gawp at the eagles spreading their powerful wings and gliding over the heads of visitors. Hardly any other place offers the chance to observe birds of prey from such close proximity. Visitors do not just find out lots about the lives of animals in the bird rescue centre at Schloss Tirol, but also about the dangers that they are exposed to because of humans. These birds can injure themselves on high voltage power lines – animals found injured are taken in and nursed back to health. Afterwards, they are released back into the wild again.
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Farms in the surrounding area

Weinmesserhof
Fam. Laimer
Meran
Distance 4,3 km
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Schlettererhof
Fam. Pircher
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,9 km
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Haller Hof
Fam. Raffl
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,7 km
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Huberhof
Fam. Riffeser
Meran
Distance 4 km
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Gruberhof
Fam. Gamper
Algund
Distance 5,7 km
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Unterkronsbichl
Fam. Paler
Dorf Tirol
Distance 1,4 km
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Bognerhof
Fam. Winterholer
Algund
Distance 6,9 km
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Hofer am Bach
Fam. Götsch
Algund
Distance 5,3 km
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Schlecht´n-Hof
Fam. Gamper
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,7 km
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Platterhof
Fam. Gamper
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,1 km
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Plonerhof
Fam. Pöhl
Algund
Distance 5,9 km
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Oberhebsackerhof
Fam. Prantl
Algund
Distance 6,6 km
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Rohrerhof
Fam. Rohrer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,3 km
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Innermelaunhof
Fam. Götsch
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,6 km
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Matailerhof
Fam. Laimer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 3,9 km
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Bauer im Tal
Fam. Flarer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,6 km
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Rimmele-Hof
Fam. Kofler
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,8 km
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Scheitenguterhof
Fam. Ladurner
Algund
Distance 7 km
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Hütterhof
Fam. Rohrer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,3 km
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Gereiterhof
Fam. Pircher
Kuens
Distance 6,9 km
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Ansitz Mair im Korn
Fam. Clementi
Algund
Distance 4,9 km
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Oberötzbauer
Fam. Thaler
Dorf Tirol
Distance 1,4 km
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Linghof
Fam. Flarer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,2 km
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Freienfeldhof
Fam. Hölzl
Algund
Distance 5,8 km
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Oberortsgut
Fam. Schnitzer
Dorf Tirol
Distance 5,9 km
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Neuhauserhof
Fam. Nischler
Meran
Distance 4,3 km
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Wildhof
Fam. Wolf
Algund
Distance 6,3 km
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Platterhof
Fam. Ennemoser
Algund
Distance 5 km
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Wörndlehof
Fam. Lang
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,4 km
Position on map
Gamperhof
Fam. Gamper
Algund
Distance 6,5 km
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Traterhof
Fam. Siller
Algund
Distance 5,6 km
Position on map
Schattmair Hof
Fam. Pichler
Dorf Tirol
Distance 6,7 km
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Tyrol Castle
Via del Castello 24
39019 Tirolo/Dorf Tirol (Italy)
Tel.: +39 0473 220221
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Homepage: http://www.schlosstirol.it
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Tyrol Castle is the most historically significant castle in South Tyrol. Its origins stretch back into the late 11th century.

Since 2003 Tyrol Castle has housed the South Tyrolean Museum of History. Its main focus is the history of the province from its beginnings to modern times.

The oldest structural elements can be found in church excavations in the outer bailey (three building phases, three-apse chamber from the 9th century). The south palace contains the two Romanesque portals. The two-storey castle chapel is dedicated to St. Pancras and is famous for its gothic frescoes. What is believed to be the wedding chamber of Countess Margarethe of Tyrol, known as Maultasch (literally “bag mouth”), is situated in the Mushaus. The keep, which was only completed after 1902, now houses an exhibition of the history of the 20th century depicted over twenty separate levels. The historic estate buildings house special exhibitions.

Along the Bolzano-Merano expressway to the Merano South/Sinigo exit - Tirolo - along the main street to the car park beside the Clubhouse. From there on foot along the Hans-Falkner-Weg trail - Via del Castello to Tyrol Castle.

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