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Hocheppan Castle towers loftily above the municipality of Eppan an der Weinstrasse/Appiano sulla Strada del Vino from its position on sheer rocky crags. Situated at 636 metres above sea level, it is a magnificent vantage point offering views of the entire Etschtal/Adige Valley, the Überetsch/Oltradige and the Bolzano basin. Not only can views of the idyllic vineyards that characterise Eppan an der Weinstrasse be seen from the castle, but also unique vistas of the Ötztal Alps reaching as far as the Dolomites.
The history of Hocheppan Castle is a long one. Built in around 1130 by Count Ulrich II, even in those days it was one of the most renowned residences and most important defensive structures in South Tyrol. On arrival at Hocheppan Castle, visitors are struck by the very imposing, powerful pentagonal keep, which rises 23 metres into the skies.
Today it is a popular destination for young and old, hikers and epicures alike. Barely an hour’s hike from Missian/Missiano, the castle offers a range of attractions, from excellent cuisine in the Castle Tavern and unique culture throughout the castle complex and chapel, to the sporty archery trail in the forest around Hocheppan.