RS heinfels burg
RS heinfels burg

Heinfels Castle

The impressive Heinfels Castle is one of the emblems of the eastern Val Pusteria, offering great views of the valley.

On the northern side of the Val Pusteria, above Panzendorf near the village of Sillian, the impressive ruin of Heinfels Castle towers not only over the Val Pusteria, but also over the opposite Kartitsch valley. It can be reached on a small road and several hiking trails. Heinfels Castle boasts round and rectangular towers, an impressive keep, an outer ward as well as 38 embrasures.

Very remarkable are also the so-called protection posts, which prevented the enemies from climbing the walls on ladders. Heinfels Castle was built in more than just one time period, the oldest part of it dates back to the 13th century. The centre of this medieval castle is formed by the 20 metres high keep and the adjacent hall. The western wing of Heinfels Castle takes up the biggest part of it and is very well conserved. It hosts a room with stucco ornaments, dating back to the 18th century, the Knight’s Hall.

In the 13th century Heinfels Castle was in the possession of the Lords of Gorizia, who built a military base here. When this noble family died out, in 1500 the castle entered into the possession of Emperor Maximilian I, who was forced to mortgage it to the Bishop of Bressanone. Soon afterwards, Heinfels Castle entered into the possession of the Lords of Wolkenstein-Trostburg. In the year 1613 a bigger part of it was destroyed by a fire. Consequently, it passed into the hands of the state, who finally sold it to the municipalities of the Court of Heinfels. In 1977 the castle ruin became private property.

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Opening times

  • Sat 02 Jul 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 03 Jul 10:00 - 18:00
  • Mon 04 Jul 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 05 Jul 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 06 Jul 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 07 Jul 10:00 - 21:00
  • Fri 08 Jul 10:00 - 18:00

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Spring 2022 (05/01/2022 - 07/02/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Labor Day 2022 (05/01/2022) 10:00 - 16:00

Ascension Day 2022 (05/26/2022) 10:00 - 16:00

Whit Monday 2022 (06/06/2022) closed

Corpus Christi 2022 (06/16/2022) 10:00 - 16:00

Summer 2022 (07/03/2022 - 09/11/2022)

  • Mon 10:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 21:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Feast of the Assumption 2022 (08/15/2022) 10:00 - 18:00

Autumn 2022 (09/13/2022 - 11/06/2022)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 16:00

Austrian National Day 2022 (10/26/2022) 10:00 - 16:00

All Saints 2022 (11/01/2022) 10:00 - 16:00

Admission

guided castle tour (interiors with castle chapel and museum):
€ 14.50 adults
€ 14.50 young people (15-18 years)
€ 9.50 children (7-14 years)

panoramic tour (exteriors of the castle, without guided tour):
€ 9.00 adults
€ 9.00 young people (15-18 years)
€ 6.00 children (7-14 years)

free for children under 7 years
discount with the East Tyrol Card

More information

Heinfels Castle is accessible only during a guided tour: in German language at 10.30 am, 12.30 noon time and 2.30 pm (90 mInutes, reservation needed, dogs are not allowed), for a tour in English please call +43 664 1677 078. The exteriors can be visited without guide (panoramic tour).

Online reservation on ticket.burg-heinfels.com/guide. The castle stays open also in winter: Heinfels Castle Christmas in mid-December, with live music, culinary delicacies and special guided tours, as well as on Sundays in February. Other times in winter on request (groups of more than 6 persons).

The museum shop and the castle tavern are freely accessible. The tavern is open from July 3 to September 11, 2022, daily from 10 am to 6 pm, every Thursday open till 9 pm.

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