Photos courtesy of Castel Rundegg
30 rooms; some rooms located in annex buildings
Double rooms: 210–320 euros
Rates include small breakfast, tax, and service.
Half board available.
Minimum stayis required during peak periods.
Open: all year
Merano is easily reached by train via Bolzano. Within walking distance from the center of Merano, the castle is on the main road leading east and uphill.
On site: health and beauty
Nearby: hiking; golf
Not all castles have to be massive stone behemoths. Take for example Castel Rundegg: it looks more like a white frosted confection designed for a coming out party than a fortified bastion ready to fight off marauding invaders.
The emphasis here is the spa and beauty farm. Massages, hydrobaths, and “haybaths” (hey, they might just work!) will soothe away the tension that any local Italian industrialist or road-weary traveler may feel.
Decorators have taken advantage of the unique castle architecture with the guest rooms. Gothic vaulting, beamed ceilings, bay windows, and natural wood are highlighted against whitewashed walls. Oriental carpets complete the picture.
The Tower Room is a special treat. Its beams date from the 12th century, and eight windows give a 360-degree view.
Some guest rooms are located in structures (the “Farmhouse” and the “Remise”) apart from the main castle. They are interconnected by inside passages.