High visitor numbers in the second year of the museum

The team at Heinfels Castle is delighted about the enormous interest.

The museum opened as early as May, but it was not until July that the travel restrictions fell. By the end of the season on 7 November, 12,372 visitors had been counted at Heinfels Castle.

The museum, which tells the story of the castle over several centuries, officially opened for visitors on 15 July last year. "In the first season in 2020, 5,508 visitors came. It was a difficult year because bus travellers and international guests in particular were absent," says museum director Monika Reindl. In 2021, too, there were still many restrictions due to Corona. Reindl is therefore all the more pleased about the strong increase in visitor numbers: "We were able to show guests this exciting building in 870 guided tours with our motivated team." Up to 15 guides were on duty during the peak season. With the so-called "panorama tour", which makes it possible to visit the core castle in the outdoor areas even without a guided tour, additional visitors could be attracted. Next year, special programmes for children and schools are planned to arouse the interest of young visitors.

Events are the second important element of what Heinfels Castle has to offer. Chamber concerts, a reading or events such as the "Count of Castle" attracted culture and sports enthusiasts to the castle. Twelve couples tied the knot in the Laurentius Chapel. Bishop Hermann Glettler consecrated the new guardian angel bell in May and celebrated a rock mass with the young people on the festival square in July. In September, in imperial weather, the "Queen of the Pustertal" could finally be handed over to its intended purpose, also with a lot of VIPs. A total of 1,190 guests came to the various events - in addition to the museum activities.

The first "Heinfels Castle Christmas" on 11 and 12 December is currently being planned. It will be organised in a historical setting by the Musikkapelle Heinfels and the Panzendorf Young Farmers' Association.

A short while ago, A. Loacker Tourismus GmbH also set the timetable for the completion of the gastronomy in the west wing. Together with the tenant, who is currently being sought, the concept and planning is to be worked on in 2022, so that the structural renovation of the west wing can then be tackled in the following years.

Josef Steinringer, president of the museum association, is pleased about the positive development: "It is nice to see that after decades of standstill, life is coming back to the old walls. Many people have worked towards this with enormous diligence and commitment over the last few years.

 

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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!

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!

Recently, a Viscope telescope has been added to our castle tour! With a look through the telescope you get the most important info about the panoramic points like mountain peaks or places in the region.

We are really looking forward to the regular start of the new season on May 1st! In addition to our guided time travel through the historical castle, you can also explore the outdoor areas, the platforms and the keep on your own during the panoramic tour. In summer, many events invite you to visit the castle!

The museum opened as early as May, but it was not until July that the travel restrictions fell. By the end of the season on 7 November, 12,372 visitors had been counted at Heinfels Castle.

For the first time, the 10,000-visitor threshold was exceeded in one season. We were very happy about this together with our guests from Germany!

 

After more than 200 years, a bell rings again at Heinfels Castle. Bishop Hermann Glettler consecrated the new guardian angel bell on May 9.

New at the beginning of the 2021 season: The outdoor areas of Heinfels Castle can be explored on your own as part of the panoramic tour during opening hours! As soon as conditions permit, our guided tours of the extensive castle grounds will also take place.