RS schloss runkelstein bozen
RS schloss runkelstein bozen

Roncolo Castle

The “Painted Castle” with one of the largest profane fresco cycles of the Middle Ages towers above the entrance of the Val Sarentino

A medieval castle rises northwest of Bolzano high above the entrance of the Val Sarentino valley. It is Roncolo Castle (Schloss Runkelstein, in German) which houses a real treasure: a stunning fresco cycle with knight's tales and profane scenes of court life and during hunting. The history of the castle dates back to 1237 when it was erected by the Lords of Vanga as a fortress and control point of the trading routes. The name, however, derives from the porphyry rock called "runchenstayn" on which it was built. In 1385, the brothers Franz and Niklaus Vintler, rich tradesmen from Bolzano, purchased the property and hat it decorated with precious frescoes. In the course of time it saw many different owners and survived expansions, fires, lightning strikes and explosions.

In the 19th century, Josef von Görres recognised the value of the historical paintings and told Ludwig I of Bavaria, who had them examined. In 1868, the northern wall collapsed and destroyed a great part of the valuable frescoes. In a spectacular operation the wall with the frescos was rebuilt. Finally in 1893, the then owner Franz Joseph I of Austria solemnly handed it over to the citizens of Bolzano (Bozen). Today Roncolo Castle which features also a tavern is in the hands of the Town of Bolzano and can be reached in a half-hour walk from the town centre.

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Opening times

  • Mon 22 Apr closed
  • Tue 23 Apr 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 28 Apr 10:00 - 18:00

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Spring 2024 (16/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Summer 2024 (04/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 10:00 - 18:00

Autumn 2024 (10/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Late autumn 2024 (01/11/2024 - 30/11/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 10.00 adults
€ 7.00 students
€ 7.00 seniors 65+
€ 7.00 people with disabilities
€ 7.00 groups (more than 10 persons)
€ 3.00 school classes (per person)

€ 20.00 family ticket (2 adults with 2 children)

guided tours:
€ 3.00 per person
€ 20.00 per school class

More information

Roncolo Castle is accessible from the Piazza Walther square by bus no. 12 on weekdays and no. 14 on Sundays and public holidays (stop at the old San Genesio Cable Car). From the bus stop resp. the parking space at the foot of the hill, the ascent to the castle requires 5-10 minutes by foot.

The castle stays open all year round, closed on Mondays (except on Easter Monday, Whit Monday).

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