Castel Guardia majestically rises above the South Tyrolean Wine Road and can be seen from afar.
Image gallery: Guardia Castle
In the Val Guardia valley, beneath the village of San Paolo, Castel Guardia (Schloss Warth, in German) rises into the sky. The castle was a farmhouse first. In 1194, the Counts of Appiano passed the farm on to the Bishop of Trento. In 1211, they got it back as a fief. In 1250, the Tyrolean princes received the farmhouse. These, in turn, only passed it on to nobles. A gentleman from the lower nobility, Ulrich von Altenburg, also lived in the house. He let build the residential building and the castle keep. A circular wall protected the small castle where it was necessary.
His son Arnold took over the property and passed it on to Peter Warter. He in turn sold it as well and so Castel Guardia changed hands again and again. Later on Castel Guardia was extended, the Counts Künigl zu Ehrenburg were the last noble family who owned it.
The Frank family was the last to take over the castle and has been taking of the maintenance of the building. Today, holiday apartments await those guests who want to spend their vacation in this very special romantic environment.
The exact composition of the building:
the castle keep and the palas were built in the High Middle Ages. The wing towards north was built in the 15th century. In the 17th century the outbuildings were constructed. Decorative paintings were made in the tower at the time when the oriel (with Gothic window cross) was added. The number 1613 was carved into the panelling above the door.
Castel Guardia is not only visible from afar, the green leaves in summer and the bright red in autumn make it shine in a very special charm.