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Burg Karneid stands perched dramatically on a steep rock face overlooking the historic Tyrolean town of Bozen, capitol of the autonomous province of South Tyrol in northern Italy.


Nobody knows exactly when the castle was first built but its foundations stem from the early 13th century and stand on the ruins of an earlier watchtower. Whilst many families have owned the castle over the centuries the core of the building has remained unchanged since the late 16th century. 


The most prominent owners of Karneid were the Counts von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn who occupied it from 1386 until they sold it to the city of Bozen in 1766. After lying more or less abandoned for more than a century in 1884 the castle was bought and lovingly restored by the artisan & entrepreneur Ferdinand von Miller. Today the castle is owned by his descendants and is one of the last intact, privately owned medieval fortresses in South Tyrol and plays an important role in the life of the local community. In summer the castle is partially open to visitors and paying residential guests.

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