A wonderful ambience for cultural events is located in the quarter of Pigano in Appiano: Ganda Castle.
Situated on a hill near Pigano, inside a large park, there’s the mighty building of Ganda Castle (Schloss Gandegg, in German): It cannot be visited, but opens its doors for cultural events such as classical concerts. The rooms of the castle are magnificently furnished with coffered wooden ceilings, folding doors with inlays and tiled stoves from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The history of Ganda Castle dates back to as far as the 15th century, when a farm called Maierhof stood in this place. Faced with the threat of an attack by Heinrich von Rottenburg, the building was transformed into a larger one. At those times, the building and its inhabitants were protected by their belonging to nobility, but only until von Rottenburg’s death. In 1434, a residential tower of the Lords von Annenberg was mentioned, and later on Ganda Castle was given as a fief to the Counts von Khuen von Belasi, who gave it its present appearance with the four round towers.
The coat of arms of the family is carved in stone above the entrance. In 1698, the Chapel of St. Mary of the Snows with the Humpel organ and its carved altar with a picture of the Virgin Mary, created by Jakob Poder from Caldaro, was added. A pleasant walk takes you today from San Michele in the Appiano Castle Region to the natural phenomenon of the Ice Holes at the foot of Mt. Ganda. The path leads also past Ganda Castle and offers a beautiful view on Englaro Castle.