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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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  • Very beautiful castle in the city center, easily spotted and definitely a must visit, when you are on Lake Garda. Price is 6 EUR for 1 adult person and for children is 3 EUR (6-13 years). Under 6... 
    Very beautiful castle in the city center, easily spotted and definitely a must visit, when you are on Lake Garda. Price is 6 EUR for 1 adult person and for children is 3 EUR (6-13 years). Under 6...  more »
  • Great views from the top of the bell tower. very interesting castle right in the centre of the old town. 
    Great views from the top of the bell tower. very interesting castle right in the centre of the old town.  more »
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  • The Malcesine castle should definitely be on the top to do list for tourists to Malcesine or lake garda environs. As the top of the castle gives a beautiful view to the city and the lake. For only 6 euros, the entire castle and the museum can be visited. Climbing up the highest tower might be a bit scary though.
  • My sister got married in this castle 13 years ago. It's a lovely castle with beautiful views across Lake Garda. If you wanted to get married in a stunning location, it doesn't get much better than this (although be prepared for it being very hot!). If you're merely visiting the castle, then the entry fee is worth the trip. There is a small museum inside and plenty of paths to explore, as well as great views from the very top bell tower. Steps are steep and low head height in places, but fun for children and those with reasonable level of fitness. This castle is a must visit for those in Malcesine.

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