Reichenstein Castle

Arlesheim, Switzerland

Reichenstein Castle is one of four castles on a slope called Birseck that confines the plain of the Birs river and is the sister castle to Birseck Castle. Between 1245-1813 the castle was a property of the Swiss noble family Reich von Reichenstein. Today Reichenstein hosts various birthday celebrations, concerts, and weddings throughout the year.


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Founded: 1239
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland


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Rebecca Call (7 months ago)
Beautiful castle but we were just able to explore the ground, not the interior. Warning, the hill is pretty steep and the castle is about 650 meters from the closest parking so good shoes, and good health would come in handy!
Milan Crnogorac (16 months ago)
Beautiful castle with beautiful surroundings. Great view of Basel and excellent hike with small picnic area nearby.
Rupert17 (2 years ago)
Nice castle on a wooden hill. Can be reached by a 15 minutes walk from Ermitage Arlesheim / Birseck Castle, or on a nice footpath from Arlesheim Rebgasse.
lay hoon. (3 years ago)
Beautiful autumn walk to the castle
wender wisney moreira (3 years ago)
Amazing from the outside. It is still closed because of the Virus.
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