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Tower – The history of the Ahrntal

From Easter to All Saints' Day, there is an exhibition on the history of the Ahrntal Valley on the 6 floors of the keep. Today, the Tauferer Ahrntal is considered one of the most beautiful high valleys in South Tyrol and at the same time has a rich past. The valley was shaped by the powerful Tauferer family, the rich copper mine in Prettau and the Anabaptist movement in the 16th century. The events of the wars also left their mark on the Ahrntal, but the inhabitants successfully withstood the fascist oppression. Recent times have brought the valley not only fame, but also a flourishing economy thanks to the flourishing tourism industry.

1st floor: Early history, 2nd floor: Middle Ages, 3rd floor: The Reformation, 4th floor: Lifeworld of the population, 5th floor: Events of war, 6th floor: Tourism

„The History of the Valley“
daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibit Silent forces of evereday life – Folk belief

The special exhibition focuses on a medieval and at the same time social topic of popular beliefs. These are very often combined with religious aspects and seemingly empirical experiences of the afterlife, which we like to call ‘superstition’. The exhibition, curated by Marie Rubner on behalf of the Südtiroler Burgeninstitut can be seen at the Castle of Taufers from 29 March to 3 November 2024.

The exhibition highlights religious customs and rituals as well as the view of the world, the cosmos and people. In many cases, people who believed in otherworldly powers tried to appease or promote them in order to utilise them for their own safety, health and salvation. He resorted to whatever seemed to help him. Although religion offered him guidelines for eternal life, it only provided very limited protection from floods, toothache or the torments of the soul. Processions with field and weather blessings, the collection of relics and indulgences, but also the advice of witches with their gemstones and crystals or the tinctures of quacks promised instead direct success. In the end, they wanted to understand the interplay of forces and set out with the alchemists in search of the Philosopher's Stone.... The exhibition works with texts, exhibits and pictures. The protagonists are unicorns, basilisks and monsters as well as thinkers and mystics. The most important exhibits come from the Brixen Hofburg, the Brixen Pharmacy Museum, the Kirchler Mineral Museum in St. Johann and the Castle of Taufers.

Exhibit: Silent forces of everyday life - Folk belief
every day form 10am to 5pm 29.03.2024 - 03.11.2024

For Children and the Brave Ones

Tower rappelling

Rappelling from the keep is something truly special during the summer months. In collaboration with experienced mountain guides, there is the opportunity to rappel down from the 40 m high tower of the castle. By appointment and arrangement only.

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