Wherever you may find yourself in Switzerland, there is always a picturesque castle nearby waiting to be explored. Most were constructed during the Middle Ages, offering you a rare glimpse back into times long past

Top 10 most beautiful castles in Switzerland



The video shows the rankings on the 1st of October 2017


Switzerland has some of the best preserved castles in Central Europe. From elegant palaces to formidable fortresses, Swiss castles are among the most visited tourist attractions in Switzerland. Wherever you may find yourself, there is always a picturesque castle nearby waiting to be explored. Most were constructed during the Middle Ages, offering you a rare glimpse back into times long past.

10.Oberhofen Castle

oberhofen castle

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.... view details


9.Grynau Castle

grynau castle

Grynau Castle is a castle tower, built by the House of Rapperswil in the early 13th century. The castle (situated at the then only bridge over the Linth river,) secured the strategically important river crossing in the area between the Grafschaft Rapperswil and the House of Toggenburg.
The five-story tower measures 12.5 x 12.5 metres and the foundation walls are 2.2 metres thick. The castle was widely rebuilt between 1807 and 1816 on occasion of the construction of the Linth channel.... view details


8.Castelgrande

castelgrande

The site of Castelgrande has been fortified since at least the late 1st century BC and until the 13th century it was the only fortification in Bellinzona. During its history the castle has been known as the stronghold (before the 13th century), the Old Castle in the 14-15th centuries, Un Castle after 1506 and Saint Michael's Castle from 1818.
The castle can be reached by taking an elevator from the foot of the rock to the castle grounds or by climbing steep, narrow streets from the city center through the city wall onto the castle grounds. The south wing houses a museum that contains "6500 years of human presence on the hill ... and covers the period from the first Neolithic village to the 20th century".... view details


7.Stockalper Palace

stockalper palace

Stockalper Palace was built between 1658 and 1678 by Kaspar Stockalper, a silk merchant of Brig. The Stockalper Palace was the largest private construction in Switzerland at the time. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
Today, there are guided tours which allow visitors to tour many parts of the building.... view details


6.Tarasp Castle

tarasp castle

Castle Tarasp dominates the eponymous locality in the Upper Engadine. The castle belonged until 1803 to Austria, was laid siege to and fought over several times, but was never captured.
In the year 1900, the inventor of the mouthwash Odol, Karl August Lingner, bought the castle and had it completely restored.
Since 1919, Castle Tarasp is open to all visitors, who can view knights' halls and ballrooms, old bedrooms, the castle chapel and the organ with its 2,500 pipes. The castle also offers public organ concerts and guided tours.... view details


5.Castles of Bellinzona

castles of bellinzona

The Castles of Bellinzona are a group of fortifications located around the town of Bellinzona, the capital of the Swiss canton of Ticino. Situated on the Alpine foothills, the group is composed of fortified walls and three castles named Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro.
Castelgrande is located on a rocky peak overlooking the valley, with a series of walls that protect the old city and connect to Montebello. Sasso Corbaro, the highest of the three castles, is located on an isolated rocky promontory south-east of the other two.
The Castles of Bellinzona with their defensive walls have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.... view details


4.Chillon Castle

chillon castle

Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. According to the castle website, Chillon is listed as "Switzerland's most visited historic monument".
Chillon Castle is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhone. It began as a Roman outpost, guarding the strategic road through the Alpine passes. It was used as a defensive outpost, a prison and a munitions and weapons depot.
Chillon was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon (1816) about Francois de Bonivard. Byron also carved his name on ...... view details


3.Vufflens Castle

vufflens castle

Vufflens Castle was built in 1425 on the site of a previous medieval castle by Henri de Colombier. The first castle on the site was built by the lords of Vufflens; nothing remained of that structure.
In 1530, the castle was set on fire by Bernese troops; in 1641 it was acquired by the de Senarclens family. Of the original castle by Henri Colombier, the donjon (or the keep), several towers, outbuildings, the surrounding wall and the gate house remain.
The castle is currently privately owned and cannot be visited.... view details


2.Aarburg Castle

aarburg castle

Aarburg Castle is located high above the town Aarburg on a steep, rocky hillside. The castle was built around a medieval castle, which controlled the narrow point on the Aare river and served as the seat of Aarburg Vogt.
Today it houses the Kantonale Jugendheim, for holding and rehabilitating juvenile offenders. It is classified as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.... view details


1.Gutenberg Castle

gutenberg castle

Gutenberg Castle lies on a hill near the centre of the town of Balzers and is accessible via a street and road known as 'Burgweg'. Gutenberg is one of the five castles of the principality and one of two that have survived preserved until the present day.
Unlike Vaduz Castle in Vaduz, Gutenberg Castle does not serve as a residence of the princely family of Liechtenstein and is open to the general public as a museum.... view details


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