Uster Castle

Uster, Switzerland

Uster Castle was built probably around 1200 by the House of Rapperswil. After the Appenzell wars Hans von Bonstetten concluded a pact with Zürich, and became a citizen of the city of Zürich respectively claimed the so-called Burgrecht in 1407. From that moment, the castle in time of war could be strengthened by a Zürich garrison. As an Austrian vassal, Zürich guaranteed a neutral status to the Bonstetten family, particularly during the Old Zürich War when the neighbouring town of Greifensee was besieged and destroyed by Old Swiss Confederacy marauders; the bodies of the defenders were buried at the Uster church.

In 1492 a fire destroyed the castle. The owners changed the following centuries many times. In 1852 the castle became the seat of the district administration, and the tower was used as a prison. In the same year the castle was rebuilt, again, and a restaurant opened. Since 1995 the castle houses the private boarding school, and the former restaurant Burg was rebuilt in a steakhouse in 2009.

From the first construction phase, the lower section of the tower, up to the level of the upper floor of the today's boarding school's building around the tower base, is preserved, but never was scientifically examined, as well as the surrounding area of the plateau. The core of the present tower measures about 11 metres.

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Schlossweg 1, Uster, Switzerland
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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Roberto xXx (13 months ago)
Fantastisch Uster! I had the pleasure to stay a day there, it's Switzerland!
Henry (14 months ago)
Nice place to spending time with family in historical place
Alejandro Chavez (15 months ago)
It's very Interesting to be in the birth place of such legendary woman. Helvetia. According to the book Great Heros of La Tène, in ancient times and before the castle, there was a Celtic forthill in this hill. This hill is actually where everything started...wooooow!!!
Frank Calberg (16 months ago)
Impressive castle at a wonderful location.
Svetoslav Bonev (2 years ago)
Small castle, nothing impressive nor special
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