Northeast of Ganda, Pigano is located, both districts of San Michele. On the hill of Pigano, Ganda Castle can be found.
Image gallery: Ganda Castle
Around 1410, when “Friedrich mit der leeren Tasche” (Friedrich with the empty bag) had to defend himself against an attack of Heinrich von Rottenburg, Ganda Castle – at that time it was still the Maierhof – was provided with a tower. During this period, buildings and occupants enjoyed noble liberties, but only until the death of Heinrich von Rottenburg.
In 1510, Knight Jakob Fuchs von Fuchsberg sold the castle to Caspar Pernstich. 27 years later, when he died, his son sold it to the three noble brothers Georg, Matthias and Blasius von Khuen zu Belasi from the Val di Non valley. Around 1550 the castle was built by Blasius Khuen of Belasi as we know it today. Before a small rather inconspicuous building stood at the place.
Blasius von Khuen became the ancestor of the today’s Khuen Belasi lines. The coat of arms of the family can be seen carved in stone above the entrance of Ganda Castle. In 1698 the castle chapel “Maria Schnee” was added to the building.
The castle is often used as a suitable ambience for especially classical concerts. For more information you can ask the tourism association of Appiano. The rooms of the castle are magnificently furnished: coffered wooden ceilings, folding doors with inlays and tiled stoves from the 16th and 17th centuries will impress you.
A simple walking tour:
On the way from San Michele to the Ice Holes you also pass Ganda Castle. A few metres above, Castel Englaro is located and invites to a visit.