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Castello Scaligero di Malcesine, Malcesine

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Time seems to stand still at Castello Scaligero di Malcesine, a medieval structure with winding battlements and a tower overlooking Lake Garda. It is believed that a fortification of some sort has existed on this site since as early as the fifth century, but most of the structures visible today were added in the 13th century by the della Scala family, rulers of Verona. During that time the structure was fortified and became an important part of the region’s defensive system. Since 1902 the castle has been a national monument, and today it contains a small museum on the natural history of Lake Garda. Climb the tower for sweeping views of the lake and the town, but be careful of the clock bell, which chimes earsplittingly on the hour. Guided tours can be pre-booked by telephone. Put Castello Scaligero di Malcesine into our Malcesine holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Pity about the weather a bit drizzly but want to see him was too much. Business card 6 euro which are all. Inside the natural history Museum of baldo with many stages. You can watch touch and smell. Changing area you visit the tower and the Hall of the galleys. In short, an hour and a half really interesting and fun! ... amazing scenery. But rain spoiled a bit the charm of the Lake.
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  • Beautiful place with beautiful scenery. A castle that encloses all the past. beautiful stuffed animals. All very exciting
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  • Beautiful well maintained, opening a bit limited but well worth a visit, don't miss the view from the roof of the Tower, a show
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  • Love this place! It is just a miracle! Would come again there!
  • Such nicely kept grounds. Walk up all the way to the top of the tower for a wonderful view of lake Garda and adjacent town. Build up your appetite while exploring the museum grounds and castle walls. Plenty of picture opportunity throughout the grounds. The stairs leading up to the tower can be a little cramped by space and other climbers. Keep that in mind and you'll be just fine.
  • A lovely castle built on a cliff outcrop on the lakeshore a fairy tale which hosts many weddings. A great place for fine views of the lake & mountain backdrop. Some lovely old frescos & a nice natural history museum. Quite a few steps & inclines so may be unsuitable for the elderly & people with mobility issues. Fantastic views from the tower roof in all directions. A must see when visiting this nice town
  • Very nice historic location with beautiful view on the lake (walk around it)
  • Great views from the tower of the Lake and the town. Worth the visit. Plenty of interesting info and laid out in a compelling style. Ticket can be included in a combi with the Funivia.