- Neighbouring villages
- Southern holiday villages
- Western holiday villages
- Kühtai - Sellraintal
- Sonnenplateau Mieming & Tirol Mitte
Proud towers above Zirl
The ruins of Fragenstein castle are a great panoramic hiking destination and a historic reminder of the Middle Ages. The origin of the castle is the source of many mysterious stories and the exact date of construction is still unknown. Historians believe that the castle was built by the Counts of Andechs in the early 12th century, while others attribute it to the Counts of Gorizia. What is certain, is that the castle was inhabited by the Fragensteins in 1227 – hence the name.
The end of Fragenstein Castle
Fortune did not look kindly on the once magnificent castle: The Bavarians invaded Tyrol in 1703 during the Spanish War of Succession. Tyrolean troops hid in the castle during the battle commonly known as the “Bayrischer Rummel” (Bavarian Rummel). Outnumbered and facing defeat, they decided with a heavy heart to blow up the castle rather than let if fall into enemy hands. And so it was. Much was rebuilt but Fragenstein Castle was left to deteriorate and was declared a ruin in 1777.
The castle also witnessed happier times. In 1317, the castle passed from the Fragensteins to Otto Charlinger, Salzmair zu Hall and the Weinecker from Virgil by Bolzano. In 1427, it passed to Duke Friedrich, who later became the German Emperor. The castle experienced its great golden age under Duke Sigismund and his successor Emperor Maximilian. It served as a romantic retreat for Maximilian and his wife Bianca Maria Sforza and it’s easy to see why – the surrounding mountains and stunning views are hard to beat.
Today the towers still stand proudly above Zirl and are a popular hiking destination. They can be reached from Zirl in just a few minutes, for example on the circular Schlossbachklamm-Rundwanderung hiking trail that passes the castle and the gorge.