Herbstenburg Castle

The Herbstenburg Castle in Dobbiaco was acquired by the brothers Herbst around 1500.

Near the parish church of Dobbiaco, at about 1,200 m asl., the impressive Herbstenburg Castle is located. Around 1500, the brothers Kaspar and Christoph Herbst acquired the castle and it was named after them. In the 16th century it was completely remodelled. After the Herbst Family extincted, the castle frequently changed hands, today it is in possession of the Earls Bossi-Fedrigotti.

Herbstenburg Castle was the centre of a complex which reached until the red tower in the north-west of the village. An underground tunnel connected the tower with the castle. The vault of the castle housed a prison. In 1508 and 1511, Herbstenberg Castle was the quarter of Emperor Maximilian I von Habsburg.

Inside the Herbstenburg Castle, gorgeous vaults, frescoes and beamed ceilings can be found as well as wonderful bays, crenellations and grilles. The inside of the castle is not open to the public, but it is really worth visiting also from the outside.

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