The castle located between Sciaves and Rio di Pusteria in the municipality of Rodengo on a small rock outcrop, steeply descending into the gorge of the Rienza river. Castel Rodengo is one of the most majestic fortresses of its times in South Tyrol and you will be astonished by its position and the large number of rooms and cellars of the castle.
Friedrich I von Rodank built the castle in 1140. The lords of Rodank were significant ministerials and up to the extinction of this house, the castle was in possession of the lords (up to 1300). Thereupon the castle was subject to territorial city administration for 200 years, until it passed on to the Counts of Selva-Rodengo. In the 16th century the castle has been expanded by the famous minne singer Oswald von Wolkenstein and transformed into a majestic building. Still today offsprings of his family are in possession of the castle and parts are even still inhabited.
Inside the antique walls there is also a museum and the majority of the furniture of the showrooms date back to late Renaissance. Unique and capturing are above all the famous Iwein frescoes, which have been discovered and layed open only in 1972. This fresco cycle to the Ewein epos of Hartmann von Aue represents the oldest profane mural paintings in the German speaking area. Probably this cycle was painted between 1200 and 1220. The eleven paintings, which can be admired in the tap room of the castle, narrate the legend of Iwein, one of twelve knights at the court of King Artus.
1st May - 15th October
Guided tours: 11 am. and 3 pm also from 15th July - 31st August also at 4 pm
Closed on Saturdays
Groups of 15 and more people are asked to book in advance