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Tyrol Castle – the centrepiece of the country

Dorf Tirol does not only offer its guests numerous options for day trips close by or further afield, there is also a lot of culture on offer. A rare piece of earth on historical ground – the centre piece and eponym of the country. The Tyrol Castle is the most historically significant castle in the country. The archaeological museum gives an overview of the first settlers in the Alpine region from the 7th century BC. A fully intact furnace from the Bronze Age can still be admired there. The circular wall, constructed around 1100, is one of the oldest castle walls still maintained today; it existed partially up to the beginning of the Merlons.

Both marble portals from the 12th century also shine in ancient glory. Rich in symbolic sculptures, they are one of the most original creations of Romance art in Tyrol. The chapel with frescoes from the 13th century also has the oldest Tyrolean stained glass and an enormous wooden carved crucifix from the 14th century. At the end of the 16th century, the decline of the castle began; in 1816 the city of Meran acquired the castle and later gave it to Emperor Franz.

Since 1998 there have been flight demonstrations with birds of prey twice daily in the castle. New in the resort for birdlife: a Botanical and bird nature trail.

Tel. 0473-220221, open 13.03. – 09.12.2012 von 10.00am – 17.00pm (in August till 18.00 pm).