Upper Adige Style
Any view of the village of Kaltern is characterized by the Upper Adige, Northern Gothic and Southern styles, which are all intermingled. This style actually flourished during the period between 1550 and 1600. At that time, the centre of the town was rebuilt and many master builders from the south were active here. During this period, a certain Italianate style was in fashion and was especially favored by the Princess Claudia de Medici and her son, Archduke Ferdinand Karl, who both came from Tuscany.
Actually, now and then, the Upper Adige style throws up reminders of the Tuscan style. Typical characteristics are: crenellated walls, stone and marble pillared door frames and window arches, quartered doors and bay windows, double arched windows with slender centre pillars, sandstone arcades, loggia, veranda and steps as well as enclosed inner courtyards. Inside the buildings, the rooms were mostly grouped symmetrically around a large corridor or central hall.