RS castelvarco laimburg
RS castelvarco laimburg

Varco Castle

Castel Varco in Vadena, or Laimburg, gave its name to the agricultural and forestry research centre of the region.

Slightly beneath the Novale al Varco Mountain Saddle (382 m a.s.l.), the passage which leads from Vadena to Lake Caldaro on the other side of the Monte di Mezzo ridge, rises the ruin of Varco Castle. It was built around 1230 by the Lords of Laimburg as "vest Layenburg" and served for a short time as the seat of the Caldaro Court. The heyday of the castle lasted relatively short - during that period it was conquered and heavily damaged twice by the troops of the Bishop of Trento. Varco Castle was abandoned in the 15th century, and already in the 17th century it was dilapidated.

Between 1999 and 2001, the complex was archaeologically examined and consolidated by the current owner, the Province of South Tyrol. Not only the agricultural and forestry research centre below it, but also the South Tyrolean Province Winery and the technical school for gardeners and farmers were named "Laimburg" after the castle. Today, the ruin represents a special location for cultural events. Furthermore it is a popular rest point for hikers and cyclists on their way to Lake Caldaro which offers a stunning view on the Bassa Atesina area with parts of the Wine Road.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Opening times

  • Mon 14 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Tue 15 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Wed 16 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Thu 17 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Fri 18 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sat 19 Jun 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sun 20 Jun 00:00 - 00:00

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General opening hours

  • Mon 00:00 - 00:00
  • Tue 00:00 - 00:00
  • Wed 00:00 - 00:00
  • Thu 00:00 - 00:00
  • Fri 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sat 00:00 - 00:00
  • Sun 00:00 - 00:00


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