RS Schloss Paschbach P
RS Schloss Paschbach P

Paschbach Castle

Castel Paschbach above San Michele Appiano was once the domicile of the pianist and teacher Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

This historical building with its curtain wall with crenellations and the red-white window shutters is a real jewel in the scenery. A "Tower of Pasquay" with a stunning Gothic parlour stood in this place already in the 13th century - today it makes up the central part of Paschbach Castle (Schloss Paschbach, in German). Its name, however, dates back to the son of the then owner Jakob von Aichner who was ennobled as "von Paschbach" in the 16th century. In the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the castle was enlarged so that it boasts different construction elements today.

Around 1900, Hermann von Zastrow had it rebuilt in a romantic style: The tower was heightened and the crenellations were completed. But it was another man who characterised it like no other before him: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920 - 1995), one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and piano teacher at the castle. Still today, his piano can be seen in the mansion which serves as a beautiful backdrop for the master courses of the Appiano Piano Academy. The castle owners, the Zanghi family, opened a hotel with eight guestrooms and suites in these walls.

Currently, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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