The Counts of Rapperswil probably built a defense tower in the early 12th century on the site of today's Greifensee Castle. The beginnings of Greifensee Castle, which was partially destroyed in May 1444 (during the so-called Old Zürich War), date back to around 1250. The castle complex consisted of a Palas on a rock , which at the time stood directly on the lake shore and was protected on the other sides by a moat and ring wall. In 1520, the Zürich Council decided to rebuild the ruins to a modest castle.

After thorough renovation, the castle is now available to the public for conferences, seminars, lectures, presentations, receptions, courses, small concerts, exhibitions, cocktails and private events (banquets, weddings). You may also rent single rooms only.

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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Patricia Pierson (2 years ago)
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Romana Murray (2 years ago)
Great place for walking, cycling, skating, paddleboarding and swimming in summer... Well just anything you want to do, really. Busy but not full of tourists.
Lolit Meier (3 years ago)
Very nice
Pink Birds (3 years ago)
Don't miss the international exhibition yearly during ester time. And moreover its near by water ( am see) Greifende. Worth visiting.
Erik Wilde (4 years ago)
Small but cute. Nothing to go to from far away, but great location right next to the lake, so good to combine with some lake-related activity.
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