Werdenberg castle was founded around 1228-1230 by Count Rudolf I of Montfort. Today, the architectural complex comprises two museums – one in the castle and one in the town – that tell the 800-year history of the rulers and their subjects. Three of the epochs – the times of the counts, the governors of Glarus and that of the well-to-do Hilty family – are effectively displayed in the castle. The Museum Schlangenhaus, located in the town, shows how people in the Werdenberg region lived in the olden days. The bistro, a wooden structure in the castle’s courtyard, serves homemade cakes and regional snacks.

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Founded: 1228
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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António Rocha (8 months ago)
I had nothing to do on Saturday so I searched on tourism for something near to visit and I found this castle , its very close to the main city of buchs , very easy to find ,I went on the street leading to the castle, you will feel like you went back in time because that part of the village is maintained to look like its straight from medieval times , its gorgeous the lake view with those houses is absolutely gorgeous ,you have multiple ways to get to the Castle on situated on the end of the village (stairs) the other one is a walk up to the main entrance , both with potential for great photos. When you reach the top you will see a small shop with drinks , snaks and coffee, the castle is open to the public , if free entrance! I saw everything inside it , there are zones where you can listen to the castle'history and many other atractions in both English and German (its a great+!) You will see how it did work, the rooms ,functions ,practically everything. My visit was super pleasant and inrecpmend to anyone that likes monuments to visit SOFORT the castle !
Vlatko Davidovski (9 months ago)
Authentic place, excellent surrounding, not overcrowded. Beautiful combination of old Swiss houses, flowers and cute little lake. Definitely worth a visit
Arthur Petitfils (10 months ago)
It's very beautiful
ER Langley (12 months ago)
Beautiful had the privaledge of staying close by amazing spot and interactive museum
Annie Prathibha (13 months ago)
Werdenberg, the tiniest town has it's own castle atop the hill. It serves as a museum now and is open for general public
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