• Guided city tour of Brunico and Tures Castle

    Brunico (Bruneck) is the undisputed centre of the entire Puster Valley and it is definitely worth a visit. The medieval atmosphere makes it a special destination in the Dolomites. Medieval city gates, a castle, churches, old mansions and several shopping streets where you can stroll around and drink coffee.

    The particular homey character of the feudal Tures Castle astonishes around 75,000 visitors every year. Children enjoy the Chamber of Armoury, art admirers the frescoes in the chapel painted by the Tyrolean Michael Pacher (abt 1435-1498), and romantics the appealing medieval atmosphere.

    Itinerary

    The historic centre of Brunico is surrounded by a medieval city wall. The best way to enter the town is through Ursuline gate next to the gothic Ursuline church. From here the old city street leads through the old town which is enchanting with its many old houses with wrought-iron trade signs – a very magical environment. If you stroll around in the old town along the Castle Mountain, you will reach the frescoed Ragentor gate and the Oberragen square. The Ansitz Sternbach residence, a baroque statue of the Virgin Mary and the Bruneck Parish Church are in the historic square, which is in front of the walls of the medieval old town houses.

    The castle of Brunico is without a doubt one of the highlights and major eye-catchers in the area. The extensively renovated castle dating from the 13th century has an impressive courtyard, with the arms of the prince-bishops of Brixen, a round tower and several rooms with magnificent Renaissance and Baroque furniture. In one part of the museum there is the Museum of Reinhold Messner, which describes the mountain people. On the way to the castle there’s another noteworthy sight, namely, the Rainer church, with its two-floor Baroque onion dome. The city museum of graphic works by Michael Pacher, Albrecht Durer, Alfred Kubin, Paul Klee and Alfred Hrdlicka is also worth a visit.

    Tures Castle

    Taufers Castle, St. Peter and Paul’s Chapel. As early as 1136 a noble-free family is named Taufers.

    In the 1220’s the family built a new, generously arranged lord house, whose donjon with an attached living tower is constructed against the mountainside, as this was thought to be the possible attacking side. The powerful Taufers Castle (Burg Taufers) is a dynastic seat of the Barons of Taufers with impressive and interesting fortified grounds.

    Another great hall (later used as grain storage room) is located at a secured area in the western part of the castle. The naturally given construction space is delimited by a surrounding curtain wall, where there are different living complexes, attached to it.

    In the 15th and 16th centuries the grounds were renovated into an expansive castle residence, most of them built in the early 16th century. The impressive weir system, although, dates back to the 15th century.Taufers Castle, inner-court with the Kasten, the former palace

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