Original human settlement on a site of Bruck Castle date back to at
least 1000 BC. Archeological digs that were carried out in the 20th
century discovered several axes of copper and bronze. However modern
Bruck Castle was found in the 13th century (between 1252 and 1277) as a residence for family
of Meinhardiner Counts of Gorz. The last male member of the family
died around 1500 childless. The estate was therefore passed to King
Maximilian I, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
On August 10th, 1501 Maximilian sold Bruck Castle to Michael von
Wolkenstein for 22,000 florins on "eternal possession". New owners
of the castle greatly increased the size of the citadel adding new
buildings. Chapel of Bruck Castle is covered by frescoes painted by
Simon von Taisten.
During Napoleonic wars Bruck Castle was used as a garrison for the
French troops. Between 1796 and 1797 French under leadership of
General Joubert held the castle. It was the last time when Bruck
Castle was used for military purposes. A year after the French
soldiers left the fortress it was turned into a private inn.
Today Bruck Castle is owned by the
city of Lienz. Since June 13, 1943 it is open to the public as a