Culture in Upper Venosta Valley
With its many architectural landmarks (such as the castles of Churburg in Schluderns, Fürstenburg in Burgeis, and the monastery of Marienberg), the Upper Venosta Valley will not fail to make an impression. These are three must-sees that should not be missed!
Churburg Castle in Schluderns
Churburg castle is a hilltop medieval castle located in Schluderns and is one of the most visited castles in South Tyrol. The castle was built in 1250 by the Prince-Bishop of Chur, and today is owned by the Trapp family. Churburg Castle is definitely worth a visit for families with children: here you can admire the world's largest private armoury collection with armours, swords, bats and stabbing weapons. Churburg Castle offers daily guided tours, where children can enjoy trying on the different armours.
Marienberg Monastery in Burgeis
The Benedictine Marienberg abbey sits on a mountain hill above Burgeis is a 12th-century building originating in the noble houses of Tarasp. For centuries, Marienberg was the spiritual and cultural heart of the Upper Venosta Valley. During the Middle Ages, this is where agriculture underwent a revolution, and today the building is home to a large historical library. This is also the place where the first Vinschger Paarlbrot and Urpaarl (two types of traditional bread) were baked. The Benedictine abbey remains an important religious and cultural reference point, and every first Wednesday of the month there are guided tours through monastery. The museum and shops are open from Monday to Saturday.