From the castle Ortenstein, which lay over the Steinachviertel of Meran, only the crenellated tower is left. In the 18th century, the tower was used as a warehouse for gunpowder.
Remains of the walls and dilapidated staircases reveal the connection between the fortified tower and the Passeirer Tor.
However, the special location of the Meraner Pulverturm offers its greatest attraction: The visitor overlooks the spa town as well as the upper and lower corn with their villas, green areas and residences. The Texel Group and the Burggrafenamt show their best side from this perspective and make a visit an unforgettable experience.
August 3, 2017
An old keep, in which a modern staircase was mounted to use this as a viewing platform. A location, just above the parish church on a sublime rock.
A view over the entire Burggrafenamt, from the valley lowlands to the highest peaks of Merano.
The Powder Tower is rightly considered one of the most popular sights of Merano!
March 12, 2017
The ruins Ortenstein (Italian Rovina Ortenstein) is located above the spa town of Merano in South Tyrol (Italy) and today consists only of the keep of the castle, the Powder Tower.
The tower has a height of 12 meters, inside is a steel structure with stairs. From the castle itself, very little information is handed down, since it was destroyed early.
August 19, 2017
The Powder Tower, as its name suggests, was used as explosives storage until the first half of the 19th century. Paying tribute to the dangerous nature of the material stored in its interior, the tower stood / stands isolated and away from residential areas. Today, the tower is empty, equipped with a walk-in platform and offers a great view of Merano and the surrounding area.
December 10, 2018
From the castle Ortenstein, which originally towered over the Steinachviertel, only the crenellated Pulverturm remained.
This was used in the 18th century as a warehouse for gunpowder, from which he also received his name.
Today, the Pulverturm is a lookout tower: the panorama sweeps over the old town of Meran with the mighty Pfarrturm as a landmark in the foreground, behind the stately residential areas of lower and upper corn, and finally the wide Adige Valley and the nearby Texel Group.
June 13, 2019
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