No schlep to the Schloss

One of over 800 castles in the region, Burg Schlöss in Germany’s South Tyrol has clung to its rugged crag for almost 1000 years. But today’s tourists face a steep 45-minute walk up the mountain to reach it. Now that has all changed: local forge and metal working shop Schwärzer has built a bespoke iron staircase, with railings made from Mevaco untreated steel crimped mesh. Having been around since 1648, the firm obviously knows the area and mountain very well, which must have come in handy when operatives had to abseil down the crag face to fix the stair directly to the bare rock. ‘The client wanted a light, almost floating design,’ said company director Priska Schwärzer. Whether the fabrication floats or not, the fabricators definitely did.