Castle of Appiano

Imposing stone building with defensive and habitation functions. The Appiano Castle was built between 1125 and 1130 by Ulrich II Count of Appiano/Eppan.

The castle's defences are among the mightiest in the land, as it had been the lords, the Counts of Appiano/Eppan until they were defeated by the Counts of Tyrol. The sight on Bolzano/Bozen and on the Adige Valley is unique.

The ruins of Appiano Castle are dated back to the beginning of the XII century. To the same century are dated back the foundation of the Castle and the Romanesque frescoes of Saint Catherine's Chapel.

Well-known is the fresco representing Saint Christopher on the outside wall of the Chapel, dated 1131, the hunting scene of the beginning of the XIII century and the scene of the adoring virgins in the altar.

The frescoes are also important from a historical point of view since they show the earliest representation of the Tyrolean Knödel (a particular kind of dumpling), a major ingredient of Tyrolean cuisine.

  • PLACE Appiano sulla Strada del Vino/Appiano on the Alto Adige Wine Road/Eppan an der Weinstrasse
  • PRESENT FUNCTION Visits allowed

Opening hours

Presumably from mid-July to the beginning of November 2020

The castle and the chapel - except the castle tavern - are accessible only with a guided tour (will be offered again from mid-July).


Adults: € 7
Free for kids under 6 years
Children and young people from 6 to 14 years: 3 €

Further information:
Phone: +39 0471 662206 guided tour
Phone: +39 333 6698212 castle tavern

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