Karneid Castle is situated in Southern Tirol overlooking the town of Bozen. The core of the building stands on the ruins of an ancient watchtower and stems from around 1200 CE. The original builders are unknown and over the centuries many families have owned the fief, most prominent amongst them the Counts von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn who occupied Karneid from 1386 until 1761.

 

In 1884 Baron Ferdinand von Miller, a wealthy Munich artisan & entrepreneur bought and restored the castle which had fallen into ruin. Today it is owned by his descendants and is one of the last intact, privately owned medieval fortresses in South Tirol. The castle plays an important role in the life of the local community and is partially open to the public.