The ruins of Castel Boymont are located above Missiano, embraced by a forest on a small hill not far from Castel Corba.
Castel Boymont History
Various findings testify to the fact that this hill was already settled at the prehistoric age. The Counts of Appiano built the castle in 1235, which was then granted as a fief to the lords of Boymont, ministries of these accounts. Around 1400 lived a certain Ulrich Kässler in the castle, a secretary of Duke Federico IV, better known as "Frederick with empty pockets". This man married the rich heiress Barbara von Boymont in 1413. In 1425 a fire destroyed large parts of Castel Boymont and is presumed to have been set on account of hereditary contrasts. From this moment on, the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair, until in 1977 Fritz Dellago, the current owner of the castle, restored it.
The two decades between 1220 and 1240 can be considered the golden age of castle building in South Tyrol and precisely in this period Castel Boymont was born. The goal of the castle was not to defend the area, but first of all to live in a noble style, even if it is in a defensive position. The constructive traits, clear and well designed, appear unusual for an early medieval construction of this type. Visible are elements of the Romanesque and Gothic.
The perimeter wall has unmistakable and splendid open mullioned windows. The keep is located to the north-east and shows a particular arched opening of large dimensions towards the east. On the first floor, above the entrance, is the castle chapel.
In the rock below the castle there is a bunker, difficult to access, belonging to the Alpine Wall in South Tyrol, and precisely to the South Bolzano Boundary.
Today Castel Boymont has been renovated and consolidated and is one of the three destinations of the famous "Camminata ai 3 castelli" in Appiano. Inside the castle there is a tavern waiting for you with drinks and typical medieval dishes. Open from April to early November from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Also open on Mondays in October.