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Lake Castle

The “Seeschlössl” on the western shore of the Big Monticolo Lake reminds of an enchanted place out of a fairytale.

During a walk through the Spring Valley between Appiano and Caldaro or on a tour around the Big Monticolo Lake, a romantic castle-like building can be found, which rises near the reed belt in the middle of the forest. It’s the Lake Castle which dates back to the 19th century.

The “Seeschlössl” - in fact, “Schlössl” means small castle in German language, and “See” is the German word for lake - was built around 1888 by Josef von Zastrow, a guest from Germany, who was also in possession of the Aichberg Residence and both Monticolo Lakes. The medieval style of the castle with its lancet windows fits perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Around 15 years later, the whole terrain passed into the hands of the municipality of Appiano.

For decades now, the castle has been a popular image motif and photo motif. Max Sparer (1886 - 1968), a local painter and illustrator focused on Tyrolean landscapes and the work of farmers, depicted the Lake Castle on many of his paintings. His works were exhibited, for example, at the Budapest International Art Exhibition in 1930 and the Biennale in Venice in 1932. He retreated to the Lake Castle in 1931 and died impoverished there in 1968.

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