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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It was a special day for the "Queen of the Puster Valley": On the 12th of July the guardian angel bell was cast in the bell foundry Grassmayr in Innsbruck. This is a continuation of the old tradition of bells in the castle.

During the restoration work, a special red chalk drawing from the early 16th century was uncovered. But this is not the only discovery!

Heinfels Castle’s main redevelopment should be complete and open once again to the general public within five years. An ambitious goal if you were to take a peek inside the imposing castle, as the last centuries haven’t been kind to the halls and chambers, leaving them to dilapidate.

On 16 November 2015, the concept regarding the future use of Heinfels Castle was presented to the district councils of the Tyrolean Oberland. If everything goes according o plan, the main redevelopment can take place during summer 2016.

The Südtiroler Burgeninstitut (the South Tyrolean Castle Institute) invited Management of the Museumsverein and the Steering Group to visit a number of castles in and around South Tyrol on 14 July 2015.

On 2 June 2015, the members of the ‘New Uses’ and ‘Redevelopment and Maintenance’ groups were met by gorgeous weather as they set out to visit the border fortress of Altfinstermünz in Nauders at the foot of the Finstermünzpass.