Altfinstermünz Fortress

The Finstermünz Fortress, or Altfinstermünz, is located at the foot of the eponymous mountain pass in Nauders.

The Altfinstermünz Fortress is located at the Via Claudia Augusta, in the Finstermünz Gorge at the foot of the 1,186 m high Finstermünz Pass. The fortress always had a strategic importance both as border and customs village, and as connection between the Inntal and the Val Venosta valleys and the Swiss Engadine. Already the Romans had built a wooden bridge at this place to cross the Inn river. Then in medieval times, the Finstermünz Fortress was built, first mentioned in 1263 as "Castrum Lvechin der Vinstminze". From 1300 AD, custom was collected here.

In 1472 Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, built the first fortifications. Until the 19th century, the entire movement of goods and people over the Resia Pass proceeded past there. When the new road over the mountain pass was built, the fortress finally lost its importance - Finstermünz became "Altfinstermünz" (Old Finstermünz). The path down to the fortress leads past a cave castle and through a gate tower. Until the mid of the 19th century, this tower housed the tavern "Zur goldenen Krone", where the waggoners could take a rest.

In 2002, the Altfinstermünz Association bought the fortress and made it accessible to the public as a "Historical World of Experience" featuring a new visitor centre made of steel and glass. Guided tours through the fortifications are offered in summer and winter, furthermore it is an inspiring location for a range of events such as the traditional fair and a Medieval festival.

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Opening times

  • Fri 07 Oct 11:00 - 16:30
  • Sat 08 Oct 11:00 - 16:30
  • Sun 09 Oct 11:00 - 16:30
  • Mon 10 Oct closed
  • Tue 11 Oct 11:00 - 16:30
  • Wed 12 Oct 11:00 - 16:30
  • Thu 13 Oct 11:00 - 16:30

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Summer 2022 (05/26/2022 - 11/02/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 11:00 - 16:30
  • Wed 11:00 - 16:30
  • Thu 11:00 - 16:30
  • Fri 11:00 - 16:30
  • Sat 11:00 - 16:30
  • Sun 11:00 - 16:30

Ascension Day 2022 (05/26/2022) 11:00 - 16:30

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

Corpus Christi 2022 (06/16/2022) 11:00 - 16:30

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) closed

Austrian National Day 2022 (10/26/2022) 11:00 - 16:30

All Saints 2022 (11/01/2022) 11:00 - 16:30


single admission to the fortress:
€ 8.00 adults
€ 8.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 with the Oberland Summer Card
€ 2.00 students

free for children up to 14 years if accompanied by their parents
free with the Oberland Summer Card GOLD

guided tour (more than 8 persons):
€ 8.00 per person

More information

Guided tours on reservation for groups of more than 8 persons. Audio guide available in EN, DE, IT, NL and Rhaeto-Romanic language.

In winter, the fortress stays closed, but weekly winter hikes from Pfunds to Altfinstermünz with tea or mulled wine are offered from December to April.

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