Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, Malcesine

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Time seems to stand still at Scaliger Castle in 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Scaliger Castle in Malcesine by using our Malcesine day trip site.
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  • Beautiful castle on the rock on the Lake, his majesty is facing the water since the half of the first millennium in Longobards domination . During centuries it was owned by several invasor , French...  more »
  • The views from the top of the tower were well worth the climb. This is a very popular place for weddings so make sure your vist does not coinside with one.  more »
  • For a very appropriate entrance fee (6e) you see a very well thought out presentation of history and natural habitat. Together with a beautiful view and a pleasant town, this is a great destination...  more »
  • Excellent castle in the heart of the town. Very reasonably priced to get in (€6 per adult). Lots of exhibits which have English translations including the history of the lake and castle and the wildlife of the lake. If you have the energy you can climb the bell tower and the views are spectacular from up there. Overall essential visiting if you are in the town!
  • Definitely worth the €6 price tag, the views are amazing! Thoroughly recommend the climb to the top of the tower but not recommended for those with mobility issues as some of the stairs are very awkward. Great little section on Goethe which was an added bonus.
  • The castle itself is probably the highlight of the town. If you're into more active based sightseeing there are likely better options away from the castle area. It cost a few euro to enter but it's nice landmark packed on the coastline of Malcesine. The town itself was bustling with tourists mostly from Germany. There are a plethora of restaurants around each corner. We tried one just ahead and around the corner from the dock.
  • Very nice location ( also for weddings ) ! You can visit the castle for a small price. It has several rooms with different small expositions and information. Also, you can climb all the way up the tower, which is a fun experience on its own. And as a reward, you can take in the breathtaking view of lake Garda and the surrounding mountains, of which several are appointed on a sign on the tower balustrade, so you can see which is which. All in all a place you must see and experience when you get the chance :)
  • This medieval castle is well worth the €6 adult price. Not only because of the castle itself and the awesome views, but because of the interactive displays telling you about flora and fauna, life in the lake itself, the geological history of the area, the medieval history. Something for everyone. Highly recommended!

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