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Swiss Castles Association

17 castles and fortresses join forces to found The Swiss Castles association.
This new association invites Swiss and foreign visitors to discover the splendours of Switzerland and its cultural and historical heritage through the world of castles.

The goal of the association is to develop common marketing and special offers, to promote circuits between the various castles and to share the way of life in former times.
« Discovering the castle and its history, represented through our many activities, is to share a stimulating and magical moment, and to ensure the visitor will want to discover another
fascinating castle. »
Marta dos Santos

The abundance of castles and fortresses in Switzerland of historical and tourist interest is unique and deserves to be showcased at the national level. The Association is therefore implementing a common strategy to support the castles’ various activities, to propose themed walks and to offer both domestic and international visitors experiences that are entertaining, varied and rich in History.

Collaboration between the different institutions also encourages knowledge sharing and optimizes several synergies. From 2016, « The Swiss Castles » will be able to develop cultural programmes and propose innovating and attractive events throughout the whole country!

At present, the Association has 17 castles and fortresses located in nine cantons and in three language regions. Together they welcomed over one million visitors in 2014:

Castelli di Bellinzona (Castelgrande, Montebello & Sasso Corbaro, TI), Château de Chillon (VD), Château de Gruyères (FR), Château de Morges et ses musées (VD), Château de Prangins (Musée national suisse, VD), Musée Napoléon (Château Arenenberg, TG), les châteaux Habsburg, Hallwyl, Lenzburg et Wildegg (Museum Aargau, AG), Château Heidegg (LU), Château Jegenstorf (BE), Château Kyburg (ZH), Château Oberhofen (BE), Château Spiez (BE), Château Thun (BE) et Château Waldegg (SO).

The Association is ready to include other castles and fortresses open to the public that have a cultural objective. It hopes to develop tourism and cultural collaboration with other institutions outside the world of castles and fortresses.

Jörn Wagenbach, first president, explains:

« With our partners, we want to provide a complete experience: from the journey by train, car, bike or on foot to the captivating visit of a castle –alone or in good company – topped off with cultural and gourmet surprises.

We inform our visitors about other nearby destinations and even accommodation.

With the information available on the site, through the shared activities or an unusual souvenir purchased at one of our museum shops, visitors will look forward to visiting the next castle. »

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    Admission fees
    Adult CHF 13.50
    Child 6-15 years CHF 7.00
    Family (2 adults with up to 5 children 6-15 years) CHF 35.00

    GROUPS (20 peolple min.)
    Admission fees
    Adult CHF 10.50
    Child 6-15 years CHF 6.00

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