Go by car or by bus (first to Meran, then Dorf Tirol) from the Hotel Erzherzog Johann to the centre of Dorf Tirol. From there it is approximately 20 minutes on foot to Castle Tyrol. The castle, whose earliest construction dates back to the 11th century, lies at the origin of the name of the Land of Tyrol, which arose in the 13th century. The art-historical treasures of the castle stem from these years of economic and cultural prosperity. There are two ornate marble portals as well as a chapel with frescoes from the 13th century. The castle is also home to the South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and History. In addition to the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions are held each year. The museum is open from mid-March to November.
More information at: www.schlosstirol.it
Right next to Castle Tyrol on the hill is the Castle Tyrol bird care centre. An educational trail shows visitors the fascinating life of birds of prey as an important link in the natural cycle. There is at least one bird show every day. A great experience, especially for kids.
More information at: www.gufyland.com