Prize of the Province of Tyrol for Heinfels Castle


We are happy with architect Gerhard Mitterberger about the "Award of the Province of Tyrol for New Building 2022"! The prize was awarded during a ceremony at the Tyrolean Architecture Center "aut.architektur und tirol" on November 10 in Innsbruck.

From the 76 projects submitted, the jury - Sonja Gasparin (Gasparin & Meier Architekten, Finkenstein am Faaker See, A), Florian Nagler (architect and professor at TU Munich, D), Armando Ruinelli (architect, Soglio, CH) - spent two intensive days in July viewing a short list of buildings and decided on 16 nominations. Four awards and four recognitions were given to buildings that meet the criterion of a particularly exemplary engagement with the architectural challenges of our time, both in terms of aesthetics and innovation. The jury also gave an honorable mention this year. The ongoing exhibition "Neues Bauen 2022 in Tirol" at aut.architektur und tirol shows all submitted and awarded projects.

Excerpt from the jury text by Florian Nagler:
"With the highest differentiation in detail, an ensemble of convincing, unified power was created, old and new spaces of haunting atmospheric quality were created, and also "quite incidentally" a museum that conveys its contents unobtrusively and thus all the more effectively."



Walter Hauser (BDA), Gerhard Mitterberger (Architect), Sonja Gasparin (Jury Speaker), Melanie Wiener (Province of Tyrol), Peter Leiter (Museum Association), Andreas Burger, Bernhard Origer, Ulrich Zuenelli (Loacker), Gabi Rath (Agentur Rath&Winkler), Wolfgang v. Klebelsberg (Architect for historic preservation)

Photo © Nina Hütter, aut

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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!


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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.