On a gentle hill above S. Michele, there is the mighty castle of Castel Freudenstein.
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The location of Castel Freudenstein makes you enjoy a great view on Bolzano and the mountain ranges of the surroundings. Catinaccio, Sciliar and large parts of the Val d’Adige, this is what you can admire from Castel Freudenstein. This mighty mansion was constructed in the High Middle Ages, in the 13th century. The square circular wall surrounds a castle that also comprises Gothic elements. There are several pieces of art attracting particular attention. There are for example flat wood carvings of the late-Gothic period. The residential buildings are adorned by wall paintings, while and coal inscriptions decorate the large hall. In the northern wing of the castle, a panelling with inlaid works attracts the visitors’ attention.
At the beginning of the 13th century, Castel Freudenstein was composed of two little castles, that at the end of the 16th century were changed into a comprehensive castle complex. At the beginning of the 20th century, the baron Seilbald had the castle renewed, giving it the present appearance.
Today Castel Freudenstein hosts a hotel. Its park comprises a golf exercising area, that is run by a golf club. If you would like to exercise, ask at the accommodation.