Castles & Culture
Missian | Eppan
Hocheppan Castle is open daily for hungry hikers, art lovers and medieval fans!
Situated high above the Etsch Valley, Hocheppan Castle has a unique view from the Ötztal Alps to the Dolomites and to the provincial capital of Bozen.
The castle was built by Count Ulrich II around 1130 and was even then one of the most powerful noble seats in the country. It was destroyed in 1158, but rebuilt a short time later. In 1315 it was handed over to the sovereigns of Tyrol and has changed hands several times since then. From 1911 until 2016, Hocheppan Castle was owned by the Counts of Enzenberg. In 2016, the municipality of Eppan purchased the castle. Among the numerous preserved castles in South Tyrol, Hocheppan is undoubtedly one of the most impressive witnesses to the Middle Ages, thanks to its special location and beauty.
Architectural style and special features:
Hocheppan Castle combines the beauty of the landscape with the romance of a medieval castle complex. The keep with its pentagonal shape, which at times dates back to the 12th century, is impressive. The highlight in terms of art history is the castle chapel of Hocheppan with its valuable Romanesque fresco cycle. It is also called the "Sistine Chapel of the Alps".
Art-historical guided tours:
The Hocheppan Castle Chapel and the castle itself can be visited as part of a guided tour from Thursday to Sunday between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm:
Wednesday the Hocheppan Castle stays closed.
11.00 a.m. Guided tour of the castle | duration approx. 45 min.
12.00 guided tour of the chapel | duration approx. 30 min.
13.00 Guided tour of the castle | Duration approx. 45 min.
14.00 Guided tour of the castle | Duration approx. 45 min.
15.00 Guided tour of the castle | Duration approx. 45 min.
16.00 Guided tour of the chapel | Duration approx. 30 min.
Special group tours available every day on request!
For more information on the guided tours, please contact the Eppan Tourism Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
+39 0471 662206.
The Burgschenke Hocheppan is open daily between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm (closed on Wednesdays). The menu focuses on the typical South Tyrolean dumplings, matching the frescoes in the Romanesque castle chapel depicting the so-called "dumpling eater". In addition to this tasty Tyrolean dish, there are classics such as Brettlmarende, goulash, polenta and homemade cakes. Various theme weeks spoil visitors with seasonal culinary delicacies. A selection of exquisite Eppan wines and refreshing drinks for the thirsty hiker is of course not to be missed.
Hocheppan archery course:
The bow course next to Hocheppan Castle is open daily except Wednesdays and invites young and old to "hunt" with bow and arrow in the woods around Hocheppan Castle. Excitement and a medieval feeling are guaranteed! It takes about 3 hours to complete the entire archery course. Prices: Bow course € 10,00 | Bow course incl. rental of bow and arrow € 20,00
Hocheppan Castle is one of the destinations of the Three Castles Hike, together with the ruin Boymont Castle and Schloss Hotel Korb. The last parking possibility is in the small hamlet of Unterhausen, from where you can hike to the castle in about 30 min. For the complete castle hike you need about 3.5 h. The best parking possibility here is the car park below Schloss Hotel Korb in Missian | Eppan.
For visitors who are not so good on foot, there is the possibility to reserve a shuttle service at the following number:
+39 338 5879545
Mr. Ernst Niedermayr will be happy to take your requests seven days a week, around the clock.
Hocheppan Castle is open daily except Wednesdays from 10.00 to 18.00. No closing day in October.
From 9 November, Hocheppan Castle is closed for the winter.