Heinfels Castle is an impressive landmark in the Upper Puster Valley that can be seen from afar. The hilltop castle was completely restored over four years and opened to the public in 2020. Visitors can explore the extensive castle complex and experience an interplay of intimate and expansive spaces, inside and outside.

The museum extends over an indoor and outdoor area of ​​1000m2 and offers everyone a total experience of historic masonry, wonderful views and living history. Narrow battlements and round towers alternate with wide all-round views.

Modern architecture opens up the ruins and the highest tower for people with a head for heights. Trained cultural mediators accompany you through the castle.

Chapters of the eventful history of Heinfels Castle are told in the chambers and halls, and are brought to life with film and audio stations, original objects, photographs, models and digital animations.

The Heinfels Castle Museum covers a total area of 1000 m². On the guided tour, visitors walk through the history of Heinfels Castle. They explore narrow round towers, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Puster Valley and the surrounding area, and climb up the castle ruins. The centrepiece of Heinfels Castle is the castle chapel, which the mighty Counts of Gorizia, who used to live in the castle, sumptuously furnished.

Trained guides show visitors around the castle and its grounds. In each castle chamber and in each hall, another exciting chapter of the thrilling stories of the building’s history and inhabitants is told.
The journey through time begins with the legend of how Heinfels Castle was founded, which tells of the fight of the giant Hanno against the Huns. There are also tales of everyday life in Heinfels, and of the storming of the castle during the peasants’ revolt. Hear warlocks chanting their spells, and the courageous Countess Catherine of Gorizia telling her story.

The stories of Heinfels Castle are told through modern media, film and audio installations, as well as digital animations. The awe-inspiring masonry is also examined, and visitors can learn about the purposes of the individual parts of the castle. In a film made exclusively for Heinfels, conservationists and architects explain how it was possible to save the castle walls from decay, to complement them with modern architecture, and to breathe new life into Heinfels Castle.


Address Contact details
Panzendorf 126

9919 Heinfels

Visitor centre

Phone: +43 (0) 664 16 77 078

E-Mail: info@burg-heinfels.com

Web: www.burg-heinfels.com

Opening hours


15.-18. April

10:0016:00 o’clock
1. Mai – 2. July

Tuesday to Sunday

10:0016:00 o’clock
3. July – 11. September


10:0018:00 o’clock
13. September – 6. November

Tuesday to Sunday

10:0016:00 o’clock


Museum association Heinfels Castle