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“so glad we visited Schloss Runkelstein”

Castel Roncolo - Schloss Runkelstein
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Private Half-day Tour: the Historical Center of Bolzano and Roncolo Castle
Ranked #6 of 185 things to do in Bolzano
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had a whole week in Bolzano and visited this castle early on in our stay. It was easy to reach, with a free shuttle service operating from the Walther Piazza on a regular basis. The walk up to the castle is quite steep and the cobbles would be very slippery on a wet day so that would have to be considered when visiting. However, once there the castle was a real gem and well worth the visit. It is in good condition and is particularly known for its secular frescoes which decorate every room and give a wonderful representation of life in the Middle Ages. The views from the castle were also wonderful. The whole area around Bolzano is dotted with fortresses and castles but most are closed to the public, so it was great to be able to visit Runkelstein and get a flavour of the times. Our visit (in the morning) was slightly marred by two large, noisy and uninterested school groups so perhaps going in the afternoon might be preferable. But in any case, don't miss it. You'll be glad you went. (By the way, this castle is included in the 3 day Bolzano transport and museum pass which covers all transport and museums in the area and is fabulous value).

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

My sister and I had a few hours to spare in Bolzano as we made our way to Tuscany. The setting of this amazing castle is breathtaking in its own right. But this is also an historical treasure. Coming from a large city it was impressive to see how well this gem is curated. The steep walk up to the castle has several places to stop and catch your breath while reading up on the history of the castle and the area itself. The signs are in Italian, German and English on the path, but inside there are fewer English signs.
They also had an amazing temporary exhibit on which had no English signage at all, and considering there are so many international visitors to this place it is something they should include.
Even so this is well worth a visit and I look forward to returning soon.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a restored medieval castle - the frescoes are only 10-15 years old (restored), which is good, because otherwise, they would be in such bad shape there would be nothing to see. BUT there is a good 300-400 steps up a steep hill that is paved with river rock cobble stones - I have bad knees, and if I had known how far up it was, I wouldn't have gone. If your knees are good, go for it.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is a fairly small but interesting castle on the edge of bolzano. The frescoes which date from around 1390 to mid 1400s are exceptional. You are allowed to photograph frescoes on outside of castle, some of which are extensive, but not inside. I thought the castle was well worth a visit for the sake of the insight the frescoes give about life ca 1400. This would likely be a hard place to visit for anyone with mobility problems because of long steep ramp entrance and narrow staircases in the castle. If you walk from town be aware that both Apple maps and google maps sent me to the wrong location (two different wrong locations) but I found it with road signs. The walk was interesting with other castles and villas along the way or in view. I was able to catch the free shuttle back to the town square in bolzano. It departs from the start of the entrance ramp. Just ask at the desk where you pay the entrance fee to the castle. Overall, I would recommend this if you would like to see some colorful and lively secular frescoes in a lovely castle settling along a river.

Thank Trisha M
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a beautiful castle with many things happening in it in the summer. It is well worth the visit. It is in town and it is easily accessible by shuttle or by short walk in a park. The medieval paintings are beautiful and it is well preserved.

Thank Susi C
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