castel rundegg

Photos courtesy of Castel Rundegg








Although it’s known that Castel Rundegg was built around 1100, no written records exist to document who owned the castle or what events took place. In 1625, Grand Duke Leopold was granted the right to use the name “Rundegg” in his name.

Another owner of the castle was a Baron Parovicini. Thrown out of the French army for dueling, he went on to live to the age of 104. He attributed his good health to daily two-hour walks. He also married four times and fathered ten children.

By the 20th century, the castle was in a state of neglected ruin. Paul Sinn, a Tyrolean industrialist, bought the property and refurbished it as a luxury hotel.

Pamela’s Perspective

Merano has the reputation of being a retirement resort. Flocks of people with aches and pains come here for its Terme di Merano, or therapeutic baths. Don’t let that put you off though. The area has wonderful hiking trails (especially in the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio) and castles galore. Castel Tirolo, Castello Principesco, and Castel Trauttmansdorff are some of the best ones to explore.


Castel Rundegg

A 12th-century castle


Via Scena, 2
39012 Merano
Tel: ++39 0473 234 100
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Fast facts

30 rooms; some rooms located in annex buildings

Double rooms: 184–276 euros
Suites: 264–386 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Half board available.
Minimum stayis required during peak periods.

Open: all year

Getting there

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.

What to do

On site: health and beauty center
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.

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