Modern castle romantic: The more than 500-year-old “Pfisterhaus” (bakers’ house) is located at the foot of the Sonnenburg in the South Tyrolian Pustertal. Integrated into the castle walls, the building originally served as a gatehouse and was later used as a monastery bakery. The now glazed loopholes and the preserved oven are a reminder of its diverse past. Inside the house, the rocks upon which the house was built are visible. Along with the thick walls and the old beams, a very special atmosphere has been created. You almost feel like you’re in the Middle Ages, but the equipment clearly stems from the present. The “Pfisterhaus” is a hideaway of peace not only inside – outside you can relax beautifully as well: in the adjoining terrace gardens, the historic monastery gardens or in the infinity pool.

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What to do

Pool, sauna, walking, hiking, climbing, cycling, rafting, horseback riding, golfing, sightseeing of castles and churches, in winter: snowshoeing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, ice skating in Kronplatz (5 km).

Why we like this house

A unique retreat combining historical substance and modern style.


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Gunther and Juliane Knötig love hiking through the beautiful alpine landscape of South Tyrol. Up majestic peaks, to picturesque mountain chapels or to romantic castles. Their children often join them on their walks, and their dog Layla is only ever a whistle away. In winter, they hit the ski slopes of the Dolomites or hike up to high mountain chalets to toboggan down into the valley, all the way back home. In 2011, they converted and renovated the over 500-year-old Pfisterhaus into an idyllic holiday home for families and friends. And when the light starts to fade, they like nothing more than sitting by the cosy, crackling fire of their wood-burning stove and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Details of the property

Region/Town: IT – Italy, South Tyrol, Puster Valley, St. Lorenzen

Name: Pfisterhaus

Scenery: on a castle hill in the Alps

Accommodation: House

Number of guests: 4 to 6 people

Architecture: Listed building - old, Old & new, Historical

Completed: 2012

Design: Gerd Forer,

Published: HomeStory 12/16: The Bakers’ House of the Sonnenburg Castle

Special Features: It is possible to use Restaurant and Spa in the adjacent Hotel Sonnenburg.


Ines und Lutz Hundhausen said:

Als regelmäßige Gäste des Hotels Sonnenburg, waren wir zum ersten Mal im angrenzenden Pfisterhaus untergebracht.
Schon der erste Eindruck begeisterte. Die mit viel Engagement umgebaute ehemalige Klosterbäckerei besticht durch Ihre Liebe zum Detail. So wurde die bestehende Bausubstanz harmonisch in die neugestalteten Räume integriert. Auf diese Weise entstanden gemütliche Wohneinheiten, in denen wir uns sofort sehr wohl fühlten. Die Ausstattung lässt nichts zu wünschen übrig, sogar in einer freistehenden Badewanne konnten wir uns entspannen. Obwohl wir uns in der sehr gut ausgestatteten Küche selber hätten versorgen können, zogen wir es vor, uns von den kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten der nahen Sonnenburg verwöhnen zu lassen.
So war unser Aufenthalt im Pfisterhaus sicherlich nicht unser Letzter.
Einen ganz herzlichen Dank gilt auch dem Hotel Personal, welches uns immer freundlich und zuvorkommend unsere Wünsche erfüllte.

Ines und Lutz Hundhausen

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