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“Sometimes, small is good!”

Castello Principesco
Ranked #12 of 61 things to do in Merano
Certificate of Excellence
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Los Osos, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sometimes, small is good!”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Castdllo Principesco, being small and cute, fits perfectly in the town of Merano. It was refurbished in the 19th century, furnished with period furniture and paintings, to give a good idea of what life here must have been like in the 1500s. The frescos on the walls are clearly visible, as are the patterns on the floor tiles (although the heavily worn spots attest to the age and heavy use it has seen).

This is not one of Europe's major chateau, with hundreds of rooms, impressive long galleries, and huge chandeliers. It's much more comprehensible! We spend a fine hour or so inside, and really felt like we learned all there was to know. The fellow selling tic,ets was most helpful. Although he could not leave his booth at the entrance, he gave us a printed English-language description of the rooms, and answered all the many questions we had as we left.

We qualified for the over-60 discount, but even at the full price of €2 I would have found the time and money well spent.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Paul M
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Don't pass this up”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

This small castle right in the middle of Merano is a must see. Without crowds around you can step back in time and walk through a real castle, although it is small, and for a moment think about life 300-500 years ago. Frescoes, weapons, king's bedroom, and chapel along with portraits of important people of the time. It takes less than an hour and about 2 euros for a bit of history to reveal itself.

Visited May 2014
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Innsbruck, Austria
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A fascinating peek into the past”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited this castle a couple of weeks ago on a short trip to Meran. It is near the centre of town, but is not that well publicised and although we have been to Meran several times before we had not noticed it previously.

It was a fascinating visit because you feel that you are stepping right back into history. The way the castle is laid out you feel as if you were living there. The interpretation is good and there are English translations for those who need them. The castle was saved from demolition by the protests of local people so you can now see how the ruling classes lives hundreds of years ago. It is small and quite intimate, only being used when the ruler visited Meran. Wonderful wall paintings with floral motifs and hunting scenes, panelled rooms and window seats, an atmospheric chapel. If you are fascinated by history, you'lll love the Castelio Principesco.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Alexina Fullerton
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