Alt-Schauenburg Castle

Frenkendorf, Switzerland

Alt-Schauenburg is a ruined castle in the commune of Frenkendorf. It is located near the border of France and Germany, and little of the castle remains because of geological events.

There were two Schauenburg castles near Frenkendorf, Alt-Schauenburg about 1 km southwest of the village on the top of Chleiflüeli hill and Neu-Schauenburg to the west. Alt-Schauenburg was probably built around 1275 as the seat of a junior branch of the Schauenburg family. The castle was occupied for less than a century. The 1356 Basel earthquake destroyed much of the castle and shortly thereafter the ruins were abandoned. The ruins were gradually buried, until 1949-50 when they were excavated and repaired. In 1976-77 additional construction helped preserve the site.



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Founded: c. 1275
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Heinz Keller (3 years ago)
The impressive ruins of the former Neu-Schauenburg clearing castle can unfortunately only be admired from the outside. It is in private hands and some of it is in poor condition. Part of the castle walls had collapsed and were restored and archaeologically examined last year.
Roger Kellerhans (3 years ago)
Great ruins embedded in a beautiful hiking route. Ideal now in spring for a first, not too ambitious hike.
Ralph Brunner (4 years ago)
Nice view from the hill top. The castle ? is closed to the public. Very peaceful up here, you can hear birds chirping ??️ Highly recommended ?? ?
Géczi Zsolt (5 years ago)
Fortress is closed for public , but the way up there was great and easily accessible by walking. In nice weather the view is amazing, you can see on one side the Black Forest and on the other side the Alps.
Quentin Duverger (5 years ago)
Une maisonnette moderne au sommet des ruines du château gâche l'ambiance et la vue. Impossible de visiter, l'entrée est fermée par une grille cadenassée.
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