The estate was situated in the middle of a wine-growing area and is said to have been shielded by four round towers. It is also said that there was a castle chapel.
A copperplate engraving from 1654, in turn, depicts a view of Merano with a square tower with an attached residential wing in the foreground, bearing the inscription "Rundeck". Much about the history of Castel Rundegg may still be hidden. But one thing is certain: its eventful history and the hospitality it practises shape the unique character of the castle hotel.
Today's Castel Rundegg was probably built in Obermais in the distant year 1154. Only a few documents still provide information about the builders and first owners. What we do know, however, is this: Originally, today's Schlosshotel was a fiefdom, which was in the hands of respected farmers, the so-called Talhackers, until 1564. They were even judges in Merano nine times between 1495 and 1550.
n 1564, the estate was bought by Christoph Maminger, after it had also been owned by Beda Weber and Granichstädten, among others.
In 1621, the estate came into the possession of Jakob von Mohr zu Lichtenegg, a refugee from the Grisons, who only a few years later, on 3 March 1625, received from Archduke Leopold the rights and freedoms of a noble seat for Rundegg and permission to call himself by that name. The nobleman was also Bishop of Strasbourg and Passau.
The property passed to Josepha Riccabona, née Paravizini, who left the castle to her niece Maria von Riccabona, widow Kostner. She in turn bequeathed Castel Rundegg to her daughter Josepha in 1901. In the meantime, the estate had lost many properties and had to be sold in 1935.
Castel Rundegg was acquired by the Spitaler brothers and became the property of the South Tyrolean entrepreneur Paul Sinn in 1976. He renovated the castle, turned it into a luxury hotel and started the first season in 1978. When Paul Sinn decided to sell the castle hotel, he found suitable buyers in the South Tyrolean entrepreneurial family Spögler.