Perched high above the entrance to the Kaunertal Valley, Burg Berneck is an 11th century fortress which has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. It is open to visitors during the summer months.
The "gothic room" at Burg Berneck dates back to the year 1437 and is the oldest of its kind in North Tirol. The gothic bay window above the huge gates is believed to be from the 15th century. The fortress itself is even older – it was first mentioned in 1225. Back then it was located on a side route branching off the Via Claudia Augusta, an important Roman road across the Alps. It is likely that the building was initially used for administrative purposes. Over the centuries it changed hands several times, passing to Emperor Maximilian I in 1499. Having fallen into ruin in the Middle Ages, it remained in a desolate state until it was purchased in 1976 and renovation work began. Today the fortress with its gothic room, three courtyards, water tank and its chapel with many late gothic frescoes can be visited in summer.