The western tower of Wartensee castle was built in 1243 by Ritter Heinrich von Wartensee as a residential tower. By the marriage the tower went in 1377 to the brothers Walter and Diethelm Blarer from St. Gallen. The family Blarer owned Wartensee until 1719. The current appearance dates from the alterations made in 1843-1553 by English composer Robert Lucas Pearsall de Willsbridge. Today Wartensee is a hotel.

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Founded: 1243
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Med Alex (7 months ago)
Scenic castle on a hill. Best time to visit during summer. There are even hotel rooms for you to stay.
Mikko Sävilahti (11 months ago)
Superb customer service and great breakfast
Marko Babić (16 months ago)
Very good food
agneza lesdedaj (18 months ago)
Very nice quiet romantic place. A perfect weekend getaway for couples. We got served a vegan dinner (i am a vegan) and this is the best food i ever ate in a non vegan place. Usually if people are not into a vegan philosophy then they dont know how to prerpare veggies (they make them very boring most of times). This place was complete oposite. We got appetizers; soup; main dish and a desert. All of it topping expectations. Amazing tastes. Staff was nice and polite. Hotel is really beautiful placed on top of the hill. Easily approachable with the car and a slow train if one is lazy to walk. All in all i would strongly reccomend!
Manuel Locher (2 years ago)
Super view, good service
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