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A true gem among the South Tyrolean castles

A richly carved, triple-vaulted, Gothic parlor awaits visitors to Trostburg. It has been preserved for over 600 years and dates back to the time of Frederick, the father of the minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein (1377-1445). The living quarters of Counts Wolkenstein, the loggia decorated with coats of arms frescoes and the artistically painted castle chapel can also be visited. Most visitors are amazed at the elegant splendor of the “New Knights’ Hall”, which was completed around 1618.

Visitor information

The Trostburg is open from Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter) to October 31st.
The castle and the permanent exhibition at the South Tyrolean Castle Museum Trostburg can only be visited with a guided tour in German or Italian. Guided tours in English can be booked in advance at the office of the South Tyrolean Castle Institute ( or Tel. +39 0471 982255).
The tour of the interior of the castle takes about 40-50 minutes. You should plan around 15 minutes to freely view the permanent exhibition. The outer area of the castle is also freely accessible.
The castle tours are managed directly by the SBI office and the Trostburg. Groups may also be able to make an inquiry outside of opening hours. In that case, please register here:

Opening hours

Visits to the inner area of Trostburg are only possible at the following times:

From Maundy Thursday to the end of June:
11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m

July and August:
11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m

From September to October 31st:
11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m

Monday: closed

Entrance fees


9,00 €/person

Students, Seniors (from 65 years old), Groups

7,00 €/person

Children (6-14 years old)

6,00 €/person

Children’s groups, school groups

3,50 €/person


Trostburg Castle is only accessible with a guided tour. Discount cards (Guestpass, Museummobilcard, Musemcard) are not valid at the castle!

Arrival and parking

The Trostburg is located between Bolzano (23 km) and Klausen (6 km) on the Brenner route through the lower Eisack Valley. When driving to Waidbruck, you must leave the roundabout in the direction of the village center. In Waidbruck there is a train station, bus stops and plenty of parking near the parish church.

The Trostburg is accessible by foot
The Trostburg, located at the entrance to the Val Gardena, is most easily reached from the town of Waidbruck. There are two options:
1. From Oswald-von-Wolkenstein-Platz the Trostburg-way (Trostburgweg) leads to the castle, after a few meters of asphalted road, over a medieval paved path (old ruts!) through deciduous forest. The climb is a bit steep, but the destination is soon reached (15-20 minutes).
2. The Burgfrieden-way (Burgfrieden-Weg), an asphalt road, also branches off from Waidbruck immediately after the local cemetery. The route is more comfortable than the first, but requires a longer climb of around 30 minutes.
On the hiking trail that leads from Castelrotto via Tisens to Tagusens, a signposted dirt path branches off just before Tagusens, leading to the castle down the valley. Allow about 50 minutes of walking time here.

Drive to the castle
The Torggler company in Barbian offers a taxi service (Tel +39 0471 650004, +39 339 5050747 or +39 335 8031621).
Access to the castle via the Burgfrieden-Weg is possible for people with walking limitations, but we must point out that the medieval construction in general, and the defensive aspect of the construction in particular, which takes advantage of the narrowness of the corridors and a winding floor plan, make it hardly possible to compensate for differences in level between rooms. We ask for your understanding.