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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Phani kumar (6 months ago)
Great castle Audio guide available here We can watch 2 to 3 shows inside castle , they explained very briefly about history of castle and past local kingdom I like their innovation in shows presentation Grapes forms on the way castle are beautiful Staff is nice and supportive Walkable distance from Buchs SG train station and bus station
Elena Parau - visual artist (8 months ago)
This is a beautiful medieval castle with a nice view from the court of the castle. The way to arrive on it is also pleasant. Not much to see around except the castle and some interesting streets.
Robin McCreery (11 months ago)
Very well maintained place, with interesting displays and vignettes.
Farah Rivai (12 months ago)
Love this place so much... I am in love
D.J. A. (12 months ago)
I haven't been inside. The outside looks cool. I heard the entrance fee is 21 CHF.
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