Brunnenburg
Brunnenburg

Fontana Castle

In the surroundings of Tirolo Castle, there’s Fontana Castle with its museum of agriculture

When walking from Tirolo towards Tirolo Castle, a steep path on your left takes you to Fontana Castle, also known as Brunnenburg in German. The castle was built in 1250 by Wilhelm Tarant and got its name from surrounding fountains. Since the 14th century Fontana Castle has seen quite a lot of owners and so the powerful fortress turned first into a ruin, then into a farm and was finally renovated in 1903 by the industrialist Karl Schwickert from Pforzheim in Germany. Only the Kripp family possessed the castle for a longer time, in fact from the 15th until the 18th century.

In the 20th century, when the castle was passed to the de Rachewiltz family, it became a centre of cultural meetings. The American writer Ezra Pound finished here the last of his 120 "Cantos" from 1958-1962. The today's owner, Dr. Siegfried de Rachewiltz, is a grandson of Ezra Pound. He established at the castle the Ezra Pound memorial site and the "Ezra Pound Centre for Literature", which is visited by students from all over the world, as well as an agricultural museum.

The "Fontana Castle Museum" of agriculture, opened in 1974, introduces to the hard life of mountain farmers. Furthermore you can see different animals such as goats, donkeys and some rare domestic animals. Special exhibitions complete the offer of the museum.

Contact info

Opening times

  • Thu 13 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 14 Jun closed
  • Sat 15 Jun closed
  • Sun 16 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 17 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 18 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 19 Jun 10:00 - 17:00

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Fontana Castle Museum - spring 2024 (31/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) closed

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Fontana Castle Museum - summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) closed

Fontana Castle Museum - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

Fontana Castle Museum:
€ 8.00 adults
€ 7.00 seniors 65+
€ 5.00 groups (10 and more persons)
€ 5.00 students (with ID)
€ 4.00 children

free for children under 6 years
discount with the guest card

€ 4.00 guided tour (per person)

More information

Guided tours to the museum are offered for school groups and for groups (on request).

Castle and museum stay open from April to the end of October, season start 2024 on March 31.

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