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today

afternoon
26°C
80% Fineweather
4000m
Frostborder
afternoon 26°C

Friday

Friday
27°C
80% Fineweather
3900m
Frostborder

Saturday

Saturday
19°C
40% Fineweather
3100m
Frostborder

Forecast

A stable area of high pressure will bring us pleasant weather on Thursday. A few fog banks will quickly give way to prolonged sunny spells and summer-like temperatures. In the afternoon, cumulus cloud will form again, showers and thunderstorms are not expected, however.

Tendency

Friday morning will be as nice as Thursday evening! The weather will be sunny and warm. Towards the evening, the first thunderstorms may form, however. On Saturday weather systems will move into our region. Thunderstorms will ensure temperatures drop temporarily!

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Tourist information Zirl


Mon-Fri: 9.00am-12noon
and 3.00pm-6.00pm

Tourist office Rum


Mon-Fri: 8.00am-12.00noon

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.

Happier times

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.



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