Angenstein Castle

Aesch, Switzerland

Angenstein castle was founded in the middle of the 13th century by the  for a strategic outpost between Basel and the Jura area. It was owned by the Counts of Pfirt, but half of it was apparently ceded in 1271 to the Bishop of Basel.

After 1557 the castle was destroyed by fires (1494 and 1517) and turned into a residence. The four-storey residential tower was built, which still characterize the appearance of Angenstein. The chapel was built in 1562 with new residential and commercial buildings. Its most important jewelery were three splendid glass windows, donated by the Bishop.

Thirty Years' War, fires and the poor conditions of the changing owners led to an increasing neglect. At the beginning of the 19th century numerous changes were made. In 1951, the city of Basel bought the Angenstein. In 1984 the castle was burned for the last time. From 1988 to 1991 it was completely renovated.

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Aeschstrasse, Aesch, Switzerland
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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User Reviews

Marian Davis (3 years ago)
Was all locked up & closed to public entry.
Claudio Bucher (5 years ago)
Schönes, altes Gebäude
Kivajiva Christie (6 years ago)
Just plain beautiful, evoking old-world Switzerland at it's mediaeval charm...and security.
Ramon Saladin (6 years ago)
Gut erhaltenes schloss. Eisenbahntunnel unter dem schloss
Maria Curro (6 years ago)
Da vedere
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