Above the eponymous village in the Upper Val Pusteria valley Heinfels Castle, “the Queen of the Val Pusteria”, rises.
The mighty Heinfels Castle (Burg Heinfels) is located in the Upper Val Pusteria at 1,130 m a.s.l. In 1243, the castle and Knight Otto von Heunvels were first mentioned in a document but it is expected that the castle is much older. Until the 16th century, it was known as "Huonenfels", because its origins are presumed to date back to the Huns in the 5th century AD. But presumably it were the Avars who built the castle complex in East Tyrol.
The castle is conveniently located and offers a beautiful panoramic view until the Gailtal valley. Due to its position, Heinfels Castle is visible from afar, one reason why it is called "Queen of the Val Pusteria". Through the centuries, it had numerous owners - in the 16th century, the area was known as ideal for the chamois and lynx hunt. In 1613, a fire destroyed big parts of the castle.
After years of planning works and renovation, Heinfels was reopened to the public in 2020: It includes a museum of 1,000 sqm, a shop, and a castle tavern. 38 arrow slits and so-called storm piles, which prevented that the walls could have been climbed up at the outside, characterize the castle still today. It can be reached on several paths, already the gorgeous view is worth the ascent!
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guided castle tour (interiors with castle chapel and museum):
€ 14.50 adults
€ 14.50 young people (15-18 years)
€ 9.50 children (7-14 years)
panoramic tour (exteriors of the castle, without guided tour):
€ 9.00 adults
€ 9.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 children (7-14 years)
free for children under 7 years
discount with the East Tyrol Card
Heinfels Castle is accessible only during a guided tour: in German language at 10.30 am, 12.30 noon time and 2.30 pm (90 mInutes, reservation needed, dogs are not allowed), for a tour in English please call +43 664 1677 078. The exteriors can be visited without guide (panoramic tour).
Online reservation on ticket.burg-heinfels.com/guide. The castle stays open also in winter: Heinfels Castle Christmas in mid-December, with live music, culinary delicacies and special guided tours, as well as on Sundays in February. Other times in winter on request (groups of more than 6 persons).
The museum shop and the castle tavern are freely accessible. The tavern is open from July 3 to September 11, 2022, daily from 10 am to 6 pm, every Thursday open till 9 pm.