Gesslerburg Castle was mentioned first time in 1263, but it may have been built already earlier. The castle moved to the hands of Habsburg family in 1291.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland


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Lode Van de Velde (7 months ago)
Just for the views alone you should go there, amazing place.
Johnny K (11 months ago)
Wonderful hidden gem in Küssnacht. Previous inhabitants include Ritter Hartmann - the son-in-law of Zurich's Rudolf Brun and the nobile family of Silenen. Legend has it that Tell's archenemy Gessler resided here thus giving the ruins their current name. Best to walk around and explore. Dangerous when wet and not pram friendly but otherwise fantastic with view of lake and Pilatus
su mei (11 months ago)
Offers great 365 degree views over Lake of Lucerne, Kuessnacht, Lake of Zug and Rigi. Several nice grill areas with benches. The railings along the castle walls are very adventurous and definitely nothing for smaller kids (could easily fall off). Parental supervision is STRONGLY advised.
Rolf Chanton (13 months ago)
Lyudmila Yartseva (14 months ago)
We stopped by on the weekday, so we we're the only people. View is beautiful. Nice place. I didn't found the parking, it either needs to be better indicated or doesn't exist.
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