Once an admirable manor house, Jaufenburg in St. Leonhard in Passeier now presents itself to visitors with only a few remains, including the main tower (a detached branch of the Passeier Museum). A visit to this imposing tower not only allows you to admire a series of precious Renaissance frescoes, but also to enjoy a magnificent view over the Val Passiria. A relaxing walk leads to the castle.
What remains of the castle, the magnificent main tower perched on the hillside, is now a branch of the Passeier Museum, where documents relating to the history of the castle are kept and interesting facts about the area can be learned (justice in Passeier, the 'shield farms'). Particularly noteworthy are the frescoes by the famous South Tyrolean painter Bartlme Dill Riemenschneider dating back to 1538 on the fourth floor of the tower, while the fifth floor offers a 360° view of the beautiful landscape of the Passeiertal valley and the Merano basin.
A visit to Jaufenburg is not complete without experiencing the beautiful walk from St. Leonhard's Bridge along the Via del Giudizio or the Sun Promenade to the castle.
The "tower under the Giovo", later called Jaufenburg, was built by the Lords of Passiria in the middle of the 13th century. The stately flats, built in the 14th century in the south-west wing, were later extended by the Counts Fuchs, the owners of the manor from 1383 onwards. From this date onwards, a golden age began for the castle: the fortress became an important centre of activity and meetings with actors and minstrels. However, the castle was soon abandoned and began its slow decline until 1828, when it was converted into a farmstead.
Opening times and prices
Closed unless otherwise stated
Adults standard admission: € 8
Adults living in South Tyrol, guests with TouristCard, ADAC members (with card) and over 60: € 7
Children from 6 to 14 years, schoolchildren, students, disabled people: € 4
Groups of 10 and more: € 5 per person
Family card with children up to 14 years: € 18
Free admission for guides and bus drivers for groups of more than 10 people.
How to get there
Jaufenburg can be reached on foot in 30 minutes from the centre of San Leonardo in Passiria, about 20 km north of Merano. It can also be reached via the Passo Giovo (altitude 2094 m) or the Passo del Rombo (altitude 2474 m, open from June to October).
For further information
Via Passiria, 72
39015 St. Leonhard in Passeier
Tel. (+39) 0473 659086