RS fuegen rathaus
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Fügen Castle

The beautiful Baroque castle in Fügen, also called Bubenburg, is used for various exhibitions and cultural events.

In the largest municipality of the Zillertal valley, on the village square, a gorgeous Baroque palace is located, Fügen Castle, in former times known as Bubenburg. The castle is recognizable by its four wings with the two little towers, the marble round arch portal and the large inner castle courtyard. Especially beautiful is the 17th century style interior, the Baroque stairs with the arms of the Counts of Fieger (1793) as well as the castle chapel from 1681 with the carved picture.

The oldest parts date back to the mid-16th century, when Georg von Keutschach came from Carinthia to this area because of iron ore mining. He built a tower house, its arrow slits and the lancet door are still visible today. At the beginning of the 18th century, the old walls were converted into a Baroque palace. The castle is well-known, because during a conference between Emperor Francis I. and Czar Nikolaus I. in 1822, the Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night" was performed for the first time by the Rainer Choir and became famous all over the world.

In 2014 the municipality of Fügen bought the castle, and since then it is used for cultural events. For 2018/2019 the special exhibition "200 years Silent Night" was organised, a project of the national exhibition in Salzburg, Tyrol, Upper Austria and Bavaria including 8 locations. A revitalisation project is planned for the years after 2019: A competence centre for folk music with an open-air stage and restaurant with Zillertal specialities will be created, as well as the castle will house the town hall and registry office then.

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