The Prösels Castle (Schloss Prösels, Castello di Presule) is a beautiful castle near the Schlern mountains in South Tyrol, Italy.
The outside of the castle is open to the public. To see the inside, a guided tour takes around 1 hour and provides many interesting insights into the present and the past.
The castle has a rich history with changed owners. After the castle has been renovated it is open to the public and can be used for events.
The castle was place of a witch-hunt. A sculpture reminds about that dark age.
The castle has added many defense features. It was only occupied briefly during the Peasant’s War in 1525.
To protect them from the weather, the towers have now a roof on top.
The area near the chapel is the oldest one. The water cistern is still in use today:
The weapon collection with rifles from the Napoleon area:
The chapel of the castle:
Many walls feature paintings:
An interesting piece is that old original chest: it was left behind in a tower during war time evacuation:
Luxury of a toilet:
Heating the building in is nearly impossible: That’s why the castle is closed in winter time.
View to the military ‘powder tower’ which was used to keep the dangerous material outside the castle:
It is possible to organize events in the castle. Below it has been prepared for a wedding (no flowers and table decoration yet). Nope, we were not invited ;-).
The tour was really interesting, enriched by the guide with funny, bizarre and as well sad stories about the rulers and owners of the castles. There is a Samurai war suit in the castle! Not to forget about all the peasants who at the end paid and worked for the castle. Or to be put head down, attached to rope, 6 meters down into a prison hole with no light, nearly no food, waiting for months, either for death or torture. I’m glad time has changed.
Maintaining the castle the large property is a huge task which is managed by the Prösels Castle Curatorship. I’m glad that this way the rich history is preserved so we can learn from the past.
Happy Pröseling 🙂
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pr%C3%B6sels_Castle
- Web site: http://schloss-proesels.seiseralm.it/en/castle/welcome.html