Colz Castle

This castle in La Villa dates back to the 16th century, its history is closely connected with the knight Franz Wilhelm Prack zu Asch.

Colz Castle, also called Rubatsch Residence, is a very massive building, which boasts a curtain wall with four round towers and many embrasures.

The castle dates back to the year 1536, when Ferdinand I permitted Hans von Rubatsch to build himself a residence in the municipality of La Villa. At the end of the 16th century the castle entered into the possession of the Lords of Colz. In the course of time, the building served many functions, like the one of a poorhouse. Finally, it entered into the possession of a farmer’s family. In Ladin language, Colz Castle is called “Gran Ciasa”, which literally means “big house”.

Colz Castle gained some popularity thanks to the knight Franz Wilhelm Prack zu Asch, also called “Gran Bracün”, who lived in the Ladin valleys between 1573 and 1581 and was known for his cruel but heroic battles. Finally, Colz Castle was restored and today it is a popular venue for cultural events.

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