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Foresta Castle

On the right bank of the Adige river, at the top of a rocky hill at Lagundo, there’s Foresta Castle

Foresta Castle (Vorst or Forst Castle in German) has been established in the 13th century and mentioned for the first time in 1302. The Counts von Vorst were ministry officials in Tyrol. After the Counts von Vorst there were the Counts von Starkenberg in the 14th century, and the Counts von Brandis in the 16th century. In the 16th century the castle complex was enlarged, and in 1880 it was again restored. Peculiar: it is said, that in medieval times the minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein was kept imprisoned here by his mistress.

Two residential towers with merlons decorate the building, located on the street to Val Venosta. A chapel and a residential wing border the inner courtyard. A legend says, that two brothers were playing in the castle, the game became bloody serious and one of the brothers died. Two spots on the ceiling, which were smudged with his blood, are still marked with crosses. The two brothers sometimes still ghost in the castle.

The current owners of the castle, the Fuchs family, also own the near Forst brewery.

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