Dorneck Castle was built in the 11th century and documented first time in 1360, when it was sold to Habsburg family. It took part to the battles in 1499 (Schwabian War), 1525 (Peasants' War) before it was destroyed by French army in 1798. Today impressive ruins remain.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Felix Keller (2 years ago)
Really nice castle with lots of fireplace. You can find wood in the nearby forest.
Aushdeep Gupta (2 years ago)
Old ruins , amazing views
Leon Ilin (2 years ago)
Grand castle ruin with a view and a good place for a evening fire or grill.
Saabina Griffin (3 years ago)
A wonderful place! There are fireplaces and nearby you'll find more nice places to visit as well.
Amresh Jha (3 years ago)
14th century Castle. Nice view of city and mountains in back. A good scape from city on a warm day as you can join slow wind at the top.
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