Baroque jewel

The state rooms are richly outfitted with their original furnishings. In the 18th century Franz Andrä con Sternbach acquired the fort of Wolfsthurn above Mareit and between 1727 and 1741 constructed in its place the castle that to this day remains in the family’s possession. The castle, a magnificent example of baroque architecture, clearly shows the enthusiasm of that time for games with numbers: Wolfsthurn allegedly has 365 windows, 52 doors, 12 fireplaces and four portals – allusions to the dates, weeks, months and seasons of the calendar year.


The cultural history of hunting and fishing

The first floor shows the topic of hunting and fishing from a cultural and historical perspective. As well as the local animals exhibited in dioramas, a large space is devoted to popular traditions: hunting items such as powder horns, hunting bags and hunter’s instruments are decorated with hunting and game motifs, as are objects of popular art such as snuff boxes, splint boxes, pipes and drinking glasses.

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.


Learn through play

Three areas in the basement are designed especially for children. Here junior visitors can have fun discovering the local animal world, recognising animal voices and identifying animal tracks, exploring a bear’s cave, judging the age of deer antlers and mimicking the howling of a wolf.


The walking trail “Forest and Water”

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 various stations and panels describe interesting facts about the forest and water. A special attraction for young and old is the deer enclosure just before the castle. The trail is accessible to pushchairs.


Preview of the program 

As a precautionary measure to help contain the further spread of coronavirus, all events in the current year have been cancelled

Until further notice the mediation offer is limited to short guided tours outdoors for small groups (max. 10 people) in compliance with the safety and protective measures (e.g. wearing mouth-nose protection). Advance booking is required.

Thank you for your understanding.

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