Anras Castle

The museum of the Hochpustertal valley and the court museum were housed in Anras Castle until 2014.

In the centre of Anras, located idyllically along the Pustertal valley high road, there is the homonymous castle of Anras. The building was constructed in the 13th century as summer residence for the bishops of Bressanone. In 1754 it was enlarged in Baroque construction style. Inside, there are ancient rooms such as the court hall of 1755 and the granary, all wood-panelled.

Moreover until 2014 there were several special exhibitions such as the Paul Flora exhibition, the court museum of 1499, the photo exhibition “Land & Leute“ (country and people), as well as the exhibition on the jewels and sacred gems of East Tyrol. Today the castle facility is in the hands of the Messerschmitt Foundation who purchased it in the 1990s and had it restored. Part of the complex are also the Landhaus of the castle with its apartments as well as the granary of the 16th century.

Also the ancient parish church of Anras is accessible via the castle. As part of the original parish church, it dates back to the period of 500 AD. After having been enlarged in 1200 in Roman style and later on reconstructed in Gothic construction style, it was divided in the 18th century: a part of the sacristy was kept in use, the other part was integrated into the castle complex. Particularly impressive are the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque frescoes laid open in the course of restoration works some years ago.

Anras Castle, the restaurant and the nature shop have been permanently closed since 2014. The committee is working on a strategic re-orientation of the complex. (updated: October 2019)

Where: in Anras along the Pustertal valley high road
Characteristics: once summer residence for the bishops of Bressanone

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