Major construction progress at Heinfels Castle

Three years ago the elaborate work on the largest profane restoration project in Tyrol began. All the roofs of the castle, with the exception of the tower from 1992, have now been newly roofed and the access paths inside the complex have already been paved. The opening of the museum is planned for early summer 2020.

Major construction progress at Heinfels Castle

6 June 2020 will be a historic day for Pustertal and the entire region: after decades of slumber and decay to ruin, the castle will be reopened with a grand ceremony. The museum will be the first to open, with gastronomy with a two-storey restaurant and suites to follow only in 2023. The museum will be run seasonally from May to October until the entire complex is commissioned. In the meantime, visitors will be catered for by a small restaurant on the northern ring wall on the upper Festplatz. The work so far is impressive.

The inner development of the imposing castle complex is largely completed, all the elaborate staircases from the eastern weir to the northeast tower, from the palace to the ramps in the south wing have been completed. The challenging installation of a special staircase in the twenty-metre-high tower continues into the winter.

Beside the already opened platform on the roof of the chapel, the highest point of the entire complex overlooks the landscape and mountains of Hochpustertal. The museum concept is also in the middle of the implementation phase. The films and radio plays for the museum are currently being produced and physical 3D models of the castle are being developed on the basis of the latest scientific findings in order to be able to convey as vivid an impression as possible of the 800-year history of the Queen of Pustertal at a later date: From May 2018 to the end of October 2019, more than 2800 visitors gained insights into one of the most exciting construction sites in the region. The Museumsverein Burg Heinfels would like to thank the visitors for their enormous interest and positive feedback.

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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!