Baroque splendour behind 365 windows
On a hill above Mareit near Sterzing rises Wolfsthurn Castle, described by the Tyrolean historian Johann N. Tinkhauser in the 19th century as “the most beautiful castle in all Tyrol”. The baroque castle has since its building been in the possession of the Sternbach family, and since 1996 has accommodated the South Tyrolean Museum of Hunting and Fishing. The Museum displays the originally furnished ceremonial rooms as well as a rich cultural and historical collection on the history of hunting and fishing. The interesting “Forest and Water” walking trail leads to the castle.
The "Forest and Water" walking trail
The "Forest and Water" walking trail allows visitors to experience these two habitats with all their senses. The trail leads around one kilometre from the Mareit parish church up to the castle. The trail is accessible to pushchairs.
Only baroque castle in Tyrol
Wolfsthurn Castle disposes of characteristic objects of the Baroque period like paintings and sculptures. What is behind the 365 windows? Simply Baroque splendor.
Photo: Hermann Maria Gasser
Hunting and fishing exhibition
The Museum addresses hunting and fishing from a cultural and historical perspective in particular. As well as the local animals exhibited in dioramas, a large space is devoted to popular traditions. The history of fishing in South Tyrol, dioramas showing the fish that occur in the waters of South Tyrol and the “Rudolf Reichel” collection on fly fishing round off the exhibition.
Photo: O. Verant