Originally built in 1311, Castel Belfort is now a partial ruin. However, it once proudly protected the surrounding areas and is worthy of a visit. Here’s all the info.
Castel Belfort is located in the Paganella region, between the towns of Cavedago and Spormaggiore.
Just a 10 minute drive from Fai Della Paganella, or a 15 minute drive from Andalo, the Castle itself is accessible directly from the main road.
We recommend renting a car for your entire Italy trip. That way you can pick up the car from the airport and explore the region at ease. Another option is of course a private taxi to the Castle itself.
If you’re in a large group, or would simply like an English speaking guide, then we highly recommend booking with Brenta Walk.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Castel Belfort Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Castel Belfort.
Castel Belfort Opening Times
Castel Belfort is accessible 24/7.
However, we wouldn’t recommend visiting out of daylight hours for safety reasons. Including possible loose rocks.
Best Time To Visit Castel Belfort
The warmest and driest time of year in Paganella is during July and August. Not the best time for those interested in skiing but a great time to enjoy this beautiful area.
With average daily temperatures at a pleasant 20°C, it’s perfect for walking, picnicking and generally enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Good footwear is recommend.
Don’t forget your camera as there are some stunning views, with opportunities to include some arty shots of the castle.
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Castel Belfort History
Originally built in 1311 by concession of Henry, Count of Tyrol, Castel Belfort was erected to protect the districts of Andalo and Molveno.
Following a fire in 1670, the castle was rebuilt by the Saracens as a modern fortress with the same appearance as you still see today.
It’s said that during the mid 1400s, the then owner of Castel Belfort Cristoforo Altspaur, suffered with paranoia and bouts of madness.
He tried to kill his third wife, convinced she had been adulterous and is said to haunt the ruins of the castle still searching for proof of his wife’s infidelity!
What To Expect At Castel Belfort In Paganella
Although now a ruin and not one of the most touristy things to do in Paganella, it’s still a pretty impressive structure and worth stopping for a photo when passing.
What’s left is the tower with its battlements, surrounded by wide rectangular outer walls. Unfortunately, all the internal ceilings have collapsed
Huge arched brickwork separates the various rooms and you can use your imagination to picture the battles that would have once taken place.
Metal walkways have sympathetically been built amongst the ruins to allow you to access the building safely and enjoy the different levels.
In addition, although there is not much castle left to see, the stunning views looking out over the surrounding countryside are worth a stop.
With lush green valleys and beautiful mountains, speckled with small villages and houses, it’s a very tranquil and relaxing outlook.
Where To Stay In Paganella
Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel is located in Fai della Paganella in Adamello Brenta Natural Park.
The hotel has one of the best wellness centres in Paganella.
It also has a traditional restaurant and free WiFi.
The bedrooms feature many luxuries, such as a balcony, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a stylish courtesy set.
Rifugio La Montanara is immersed in the mountains and set 0.6 miles from Lake Molveno.
It offers guests an Italian-style breakfast and rustic accommodation with a fireplace.
Each room is complete with a wardrobe and hardwood floors.
Also, most rooms feature an incredible mountain view balcony.
Montanara Chalet in Fai della Paganella offers accommodation, a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace.
Each unit comes with a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom.
A ski equipment rental service, ski-to-door access and a ski pass sales point are all offered at the apartment too.
For more places to stay in Paganella, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.