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Castello Principesco in Merano

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by Marta Pin (subscribe) MP
Published October 23rd 2014
The pocket sized castle

The Castello Principesco is a small peculiar castle in the centre of Merano town, Trentino Alto Adige region. It served as the residence of the Tirolo earls, who gave the name to the Tyrol territory. After several changes of owners and scopes, it had been restored in 1875 by Merano's Council, under the supervision of architect Friedrich von Schmidt. It plays a fundamental role in conveying the medieval traditions and lifestyle of the Austrian sovereign. In this fairy palace you also can celebrate your wedding. As a museum, it highly preserves the bedrooms, the characteristic majolica heater, the chapel and a rich collection of musical instruments of XVI century and antique weapons.

The main entrance is an unusual undersized door, so be careful when you enter. The courtyard is tiny, but the atmosphere is relaxing and tranquil. Indeed it's a safe refuge from the crowded shopping streets. The castle is a two-storey structure, with wooden balconies highlighting an intact fresco made by brownish floral decorations.

It opens from 15th April to 6th January, Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. 5pm, Sunday and Public Holidays 11 am -13pm.
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Why? Quick visit in a small castle
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Where: Merano, Italy
Cost: 2 euro
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