Heinfels Castle

Above the eponymous village in the Alta Pusteria valley the impressive Heinfels Castle rises.

The mighty Heinfels Castle is located above the village of Heinfels at 1,130 m asl. 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 the castle was known as “Huonenfels” Castle, 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 the East Tyrolean Hochpustertal valley.

The castle is conveniently located and offers a beautiful panoramic view until the Gailtal valley. Du to its position Heinfels Castle is visible from afar, one reason why it is called “Queen of the Pustertal valley”. Through the centuries the castle had numerous owners, and in 1613 a fire destroyed big parts of the castle. Heinfels Castle consists of three assembly groups, the oldest dates from the 13th century. Centre of the complex is the mighty, 20 m high donjon. 38 arrow slits and so-called storm piles, which prevented that the walls could have been climbed up at the outside, characterize the castle.

Today Heinfels Castle is in the possession of the Loacker company and was opened to the public from 2010 until 2012. Noticeable is the knight’s hall with the stucco décor which dates back to the 18th century. In 2014 the “Heinfels Castle Museum Association” was founded which develops the renovation and an utilization concept. Below Castle Heinfels the so-called Salcherhaus is located (today a tavern) which is said to be connected with the castle through an underground path. At the moment the castle can be admired only from the outside. It is accessible via several paths, already the gorgeous view is worth the ascent!

Where: above the village of Heinfels in the Hochpustertal valley (East Tyrol)
Characteristics: mighty castle complex with impressive panoramic view
Further information: phone: +43 50 212300, hochpustertal@osttirol.com

Opening hours: opening is planned in 2019 or in 2020
at the moment not accessible to the public because of renovation works

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