The Balm ruins are the remains of a fortified cave dwelling in the Jura Mountains, in the municipality of Balm bei Günsberg. It is that canton's only cave stronghold and one of the few in Switzerland.

The stronghold was built 20 metres high in a natural cave of about 20 metres wide and 6 metres deep.

The outer wall was provided with two doorways and some narrow windows. The wet rock face was covered with a lining wall; and the rest was a simple two-story timber construction, which is shown evident by the presence of holes into which beams were inserted. While being restored, the presently visible wall openings were distorted from their original form. At a later stage in the building of the stronghold, a fortified, inhabited house with an inside width of 3.5 metres and a length of 29 metres was erected in the forecourt. Presumably this was a defensive fortification of some farming complex.

The entrance to the stone fortress stretched over a long, partly walled rise which is partly hewn from the rock. The connection between the forecourt and the fortress itself is still only incompletely reconstructed. The present-day rise is of modern source, and only partly represents its original state.

Excavations from the years 1939 and 1941 indicate that the place had been used as a habitation since early times.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Ruins in Switzerland

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Kaethi Flueckiger (15 months ago)
Very nice view over the Mittelland to the Alps.
Jan Vratislav (2 years ago)
Great view
Konrad Moser (2 years ago)
Good starting point to hike in the region of Weissenstein and Balmberg. There is a parking space but it is also accessible by public transport.
Daniel Keller (4 years ago)
Nice castle in the rocks
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