How it all began

Originally, what is now Palais Campofranco used to be a collection of buildings known as the “old” and the “small” Palais. The latter consisted of three simple houses, located in the via della Mostra street numbers 3, 5 and 7. In 1342, Heinrich Botsch – who had just been ennobled as Botsch von Zwingenburg – had the buildings converted into a palace as a tangible sign of his power and prestige.

The Botsches were a rich family of customs and saltworks tenants from Florence, who relocated to Bolzano in 1278. They later became merchants and moneylenders, to the extent that even sovereigns often turned to “the faithful Botsches” for financial matters. After the Botsch family died out in 1637, the palace remained in the possession of nobility until 1764, when Franz von Mayrl, who belonged to a wealthy and charitable local family, had it rebuilt as a baroque palace.

Viceroy Ehg Rainer

The palace was then inherited by the Tschiderer von Gleifheim family: Prince-Archbishop Johann Nepomuk Tschiderer (1777-1860), who gave the sacrament of Confirmation to Emperor Franz Joseph, was born in the palace. The Tschiderer family subsequently moved to Innsbruck, and the palace was acquired by Viceroy Ehg Rainer (1783-1853) on 20 August 1848.

Archduke Heinrich

In the 1870s, his son Archduke Heinrich (1828-1891) had the palace extensively rebuilt by architect Sebastian Altmann from Bolzano. The façade you can still see in the via della Mostra street dates from this period. In 1890, the “old” Palais was finally connected to the “small” Palais.


After the archduke’s death, the palace was inherited by his only child,  Maria Raineria (1872-1936), who was married to Enrico Lucchesi Palli, Prince of Campofranco, Duke della Grazia. She lived in the palace until her death in 1936, when it was inherited by Countess Renata Kuenburg, grandmother to the current owner.