The Romanesque Hocheppan Castle was built in the first half of the 12th century as the seat of the Counts of Eppan/Appiano, who gradually expanded and enlarged it until they died out in the middle of the 13th century. Parts of the castle and the turrets date from the late Middle Ages. The pentagonal keep is also exceptional.
The castle courtyard houses the Burg Hocheppan castle chapel, which was consecrated in 1131. This Romanesque jewel features a unique cycle of frescoes that was uniformly designed and executed.
The frescoes of Hocheppan Castle
The Romanesque cycle of frescoes at Hocheppan Castle is one of the most valuable in Tyrol. Stories, such as the birth of Christ, the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, or the murder of children in Bethlehem, are impressively depicted. The outer facade features Tyrol's oldest secular mural painting, a hunting scene with a horseman and a fleeing stag. Also famous is the "dumpling eater,” which depicts a woman who, during the birth of Christ, removes a dumpling from a cauldron over an open fire and tastes it. This rare depiction of an everyday scene, shows that dumplings were enjoyed in South Tyrol even then.