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lienz schloss bruck

Bruck Castle

For 70 years now, Bruck Castle on the castle hill above Lienz is the museum of the East Tyrolean city.

Bruck Castle was built in the 13th century as residence castle of the Counts of Gorizia. The name “Bruck” (bridge) derives from the bridge at its foot. The castle is located in a mixed forest on a hill close to Mt Hochstein, the local mountain of Lienz. From the donjon you can look on the entire basin of Lienz and the lower Iseltal valley. A great view on the surroundings has been crucial for the defensiveness and representation. Additionally the access to the castle was protected by a machicoulis and a parapet walk.

In the course of time Bruck Castle has often changed hands and had different roles to play, as e.g. residence castle of the Counts of Gorizia, administrative seat of the Lords of Wolkenstein-Rodenegg and the Hall women’s foundation, weapons stockpile and military hospital as well as brewery. Finally, in 1942, the city of Lienz acquired the castle, which it still owns today. The Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity occupies a special place: the two-storey Romanesque building is decorated with beautiful Gothic fresco cycles by Simon von Taisten and Andrä Peuerweg. Today it is the showpiece of the castle tour and a venue for civil ceremonies.

Nowadays the venerable building houses the Regional Museum of Lienz with its impressive gallery of the East Tyrolean expressionist Albin Egger-Lienz (1868-1926) and contemporary art in the western wing. From the parking space at the foot of the castle hill, a 5-minute walk takes you through the park to the museum inside the castle. The castle and its park are known to host about 15 different species of bats. A theme trail with five stations in 6 different languages (German, Italian, English, French, Czech, Dutch) will let you know better these interesting nocturnal animals.

Where: on a hill in front of the Hochstein mountain (720 m asl) near Lienz (East Tyrol)
Characteristics: Regional Museum Lienz, huge population of bats
Further information: phone: +43 4852 62580, museum@stadt-lienz.at

Opening hours - museum: from May 18 to October 27, 2019
May 18 - June 30, 2019:
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
July 1 - Sept 1, 2019:
daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Sept 2, 2019:
open from 10 am to 4 pm
Sept 3 - Oct 27, 2019:
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

Ticket (adults):
8.50 Euros, family card available (17.00 Euros)
combined ticket with Museum Aguntum available (11.50 Euros / 23.00 Euros for families)

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