Badia Castle

Badia Castle, not far from the main road leading through the Val Pusteria, is castle, former convent and hotel at the same time.

Sonnenburg Castle, also called Badia Castle, lies on a small hill at the entrance to San Lorenzo di Sebato, before the town of Brunico. Unfortunately, there are no remains of the original convent of Sonnenburg. However, the ruins of the medieval curtain wall can still be seen.

Originally, Badia Castle was built as the residence of the noble family of Lurn, in the year 1020 it became a very reputable convent for noble women (Order of Saint Benedict). In 1785, however, Emperor Joseph II closed it down. The crypt of the convent church hosts some very interesting and well maintained medieval frescoes, which were discovered during some restoration works. The curtain wall with its embrasures and medieval round towers is very worth to be visited, too. Today, Badia Castle hosts a very elegant hotel, which was renovated in a very tasteful and appropriate way - it is accessible to hotel guests.

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