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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.
Highlights & Events | Hocheppan Castle
Opening times and guided tours of Hocheppan Castle and Chapel
Hocheppan Castle and its chapel can be visited on guided tours daily between 11 am and 4 pm. The Castle is closed on wednesdays.
More information on the tours is available from Eppan Tourist Information Association on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +39 0471 662206.
Hocheppan Castle Tavern opening times
Hocheppan Castle Tavern is open daily between 10 am and 6 pm, except on wednesdays.
The menu focuses on dumplings, in keeping with the frescoes in the Romanesque chapel, which depict the so-called “dumpling eater”. Alongside different varieties of this Tyrolean dish, there are also classics such as the “Brettlmarende” (bread, cheese and cold cuts served on a wooden platter) and homemade cakes. A selection of fine Eppan wines is also available.