Valangin Castle

Valangin, Switzerland

Valangin castle was a residence of the local lords from mid-12th century to 1566. The oldest visible remains date from the 13th century. It consists of a courtyard surrounded by a rampart and a 'donjon' (keep), which hosts the current museum.

Since 1430 the castle was altered with semicircular towers to be defended against the firearms. The castle was damaged by fire in 1747 which destroyed a whole wing. The dungeon was restored and partly rebuilt between 1769 and 1772. Today Valangin castle is a museum.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland


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Mary M (8 months ago)
Nice that they organize little Halloween events for kids + on Sundays! There were a lot of activities and the place was nicely decorated. We will come back again next year.
Oliver Doerner (13 months ago)
Superb location, a must in the Arena, nicely renovated, a wonderful garden . Thank you.
Angelica C. Sommer (13 months ago)
Small but gorgeous castle in the tiny medieval town of Valangin. You can get there by bus or car form the city, parkings are easily acessible. A beautiful flower and vegetable gardens surround the castle ground. Events such as the June flee market or special events at the castle often take place. Recommendable for families or solo travelers.
Hayk Gabrielyan (2 years ago)
A small beautiful village with a castle visible from all other places. Museum with interesting exhibits from 18-20 centuries. It was really showing mode of life of that period.
Niklaus Schenk (3 years ago)
Neat castle with well equiped rooms. Lots of things to see - inside the castle and outside. Guides are only available in French (as of this writing - October, 2021)
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