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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