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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Ursula Suter (47 days ago)
Great place great to go with kids.
Remco Hoppezak (2 months ago)
Nice ruins with a great view. BBQ pits nearby. Part of hike trajectory. Nice restaurant Alpenhof nearby.
MILE MACEDONIA Mile (18 months ago)
Fantastic place for recreation
Brandon Lisi (2 years ago)
This medeival ruin is remarkably well-preserved and offers fabulous views of Lake Lucerne. The educational plaques are written in German and are not translated into other languages. This is a must-see for anyone researching medeival Switzerland.
Adam Jones (3 years ago)
Excellent ruin for (careful) kids, can climb all over it. Just watch the entrance when arriving by car, the official parking is up the road to the left of the house and not the small dirt road on the right (which leads to a private property). Its several minutes walk up the hill from the car park to get to the ruin.
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