Did you know that the city of Bolzano and its environs are the amongst the most castle-rich areas in Europe? Schloss Runkelstein castle is perched on a rock in Bolzano's St. Anton district. It contains the world's largest secular fresco cycle and is sometimes referred to the “Bilderburg (picture castle)." Along the the Bolzano Castelronda castle trail, take the opportunity to visit several medieval residences and castle ruins at once. Along the 20-kilometer route from Bolzano to Terlan/Terlano via Jenesien/San Genesio Atesino, trilingual information boards tell exciting stories about the Middle Ages that appeal to one and all.
The Schloss Sigmundskron castle, which today houses the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, is an important political symbol in South Tyrol. Not far from there, you can explore the castle triangle of Eppan/Appiano. There are beautiful views of the city from the restaurant at the Haselburg castle above the Haslach district. The Schloss Maretsch castle, which today serves as a congress centre, is located on the edge of Bolzano's old town and surrounded by vineyards.