During the High Middle Ages, Lord von Oberhofen built Balm Castle on a hill above the village. In 1306 the von Eschenbach family (who owned the castle by that time) was forced to sell Oberhofen and the castle to the Habsburgs.
Over the following centuries the castle changed hands frequently. In 1849-52 the Pourtales family renovated and expanded the castle to its present appearance. In 1952 it became a part of the Historical Museum of Bern and two years later they opened a branch in the castle.
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