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Heinfels Castle opens its doors: special exhibition and varied cultural program


On May 4, Heinfels Castle starts again into a new museum and event season. A colorful and varied program should attract many visitors. For the first time, a special exhibition will be shown in the rooms of the future castle tavern together with the Tyrolean Photo Archive (TAP).

"East Tyrol - The Road to Modernity. 1870/71 to 1970" is dedicated from mid-June to the end of October to the development of the district based on the main themes of mobility, mechanization and tourism. Numerous previously unpublished pictures from the TAP's holdings and films from private collections provide insight into the eventful history of East Tyrol in the past century.


Birthday trip: "To the border for the first time on April 15, 1928" (Photographer Unknown; Collection Ulrike Parisi - TAP)


The exhibition is curated by Martin Kofler, the director of the TAP: "The path of East Tyrol into the modern age basically runs upwards, not always equally consistent, but nevertheless steady. Looking at the 100 years, the context is determined by the construction of the Pustertal railroad in 1870/71 and the opening of the Felbertauern road in 1967. The fact that there were setbacks, crises, stagnation with the separation of South Tyrol and the resulting even greater isolation of the district of Lienz after 1918 and into the Second World War must also be a topic.

Real and virtual tours of the castle, new offers for schools, families and children

The castle's permanent exhibition remains unchanged. Guides will again lead visitors through the entire castle complex, through chambers and halls: Authentic history and moving stories are made vivid with castle models, films, radio plays or animations. Museum director Ramona Hofmann: "This year, too, the popular evening tours will take place every Thursday during the summer months. In addition, the outdoor areas of Heinfels Castle can be explored on your own during opening hours as part of the panoramic tour."

Starting in June, the castle will also be brought to life digitally in cooperation with the cultural platform discover-culture.com. The entire castle with all its indoor and outdoor areas can be discovered in a virtual tour.

In the future, there will be space for special programs and workshops for school classes in the newly equipped museum education room. Special events such as children's birthday parties can also be held here. "Fairy tale tours are once again part of our offerings this year. We are always developing new formats, especially for families," says Ramona Hofmann.


On June 17, various choirs will give a guest performance at Heinfels Castle as part of the "Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival".


Varied program of events

14 public events and a large number of private celebrations such as weddings, company and birthday parties ensure a full program. At the foot of the castle, the swearing-in ceremony of around 300 recruits will take place on May 17, and on June 17, Heinfels will be one of the venues for the International Choir Festival, as it was last year. Katrin and Werner Unterlercher - known from the Pixner Project - will perform at Heinfels Castle on June 23. For many other concerts, a reading and also a sports event such as the spectacular Heinfels Tower Run, the "Queen of the Puster Valley" offers an impressive backdrop.

"With a great deal of dedication, we have once again succeeded in putting together an exciting program this year," says a delighted Peter Leiter of the Heinfels Castle Museum Association.

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We start the new museum season with motivation on May 2, 2024. In winter, we will continue to open the castle to groups of 10 people or more by prior arrangement, but we are also happy to open it to fewer people at a fixed price.

This year was characterized by a lively museum, concerts, exhibitions and exciting activities at Heinfels Castle. The castle remains an important cultural hotspot in East Tyrol and beyond.

"The Runway Quartet" brought Broadway to Tyrol on July 8: Dragan Trajkovski, Robert Gmachl-Pammer, Craig Hansford and Florian Bramböck provided enthusiasm and many encores in front of a sold-out venue.

On May 4, Heinfels Castle starts again into a new museum and event season. A colorful and varied program should attract many visitors. For the first time, a special exhibition will be shown in the rooms of the future castle tavern together with the Tyrolean Photo Archive (TAP).

The kestrels at Heinfels Castle have had their nesting place for many years in a niche in the wall of the kitchen tower built in the 14th century. Every year four to five young falcons hatch and start their first flight attempts. For the first time, the falcons can be observed live via a newly installed "falcon cam."

We are officially on winter break since November 6 and will start motivated on May 4, 2023 in the new museum season. In winter we continue to open the castle for groups of 10 people or more by appointment!

After last year's launch, the "Heinfelser Burgweihnacht" (Christmas at Heinfels Castle) will take place for the second time in a historical setting: The local associations invite you to Heinfels Castle on 17 and 18 December for an enjoyable day of festivities.

We are pleased with architect Gerhard Mitterberger about the "Award of the Province of Tyrol for New Building 2022", which was awarded on November 10 in Innsbruck.

Little concerts by outstanding ensembles in a historical setting - this is the motto of the performances during the Heinfels Castle Summer 2022. The inner courtyard and the "Langer Saal" serve as venues for a special musical treat in the largest castle complex in the Puster Valley.

Every Thursday evening is the "Long Night" at Heinfels Castle. A special experience for all who want to enjoy the medieval castle at a late hour.

After two successful events, the third edition of the spectacular running event "Count of Castle 2022" will take place on 1 July 2022. The start is at the historic "Punbrugge", the finish again the last level of the keep. The sprinters have to cover a distance of 1.1 km, 140 metres in altitude and 265 steps to get there.

The 25th edition of the International Choir Festival brings some choirs for the first time to Heinfels Castle! On Saturday, 18. 6., choirs from Italy will give a guest performance in the impressive historical scenery, starting at 1 pm. Free entry, welcome!