Wolkenstein Castle perches like an eagle's nest on the wall of the Stevia Mountain. A short, steep path leads from the training centre of the local police force, the Carabinieri, to the Vallunga (Selva Gardena). The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century, however it collapsed shortly after in 1525 and was never rebuilt. In the 14th century it belonged to Count Wolkenstein, after who the castle had been named. He was one of the most important Minnesinger, lyricists and composers in the Middle Ages. He had travelled extensively and had an adventurous life. He left his parent's home as a 10-year-old boy to travel to many countries as a knight's squire. He became blind in his right eye, most likely due to an injury incurred during his youth. He supposedly lived a lot in the castle above the Vallunga during summer.