Willdegg castle in the midst of gardens, meadows and vineyards was founded in the first half of the 13th century by the Habsburgs. For eleven generations Wildegg Castle was owned by the Effinger family. During that time the castle was expanded several times. The gardens in their seasonal change are an oasis of calm and an invitation to stroll, smell and marvel.

The site consists of a well-preserved 13th-century keep and palas, which was converted into a baroque style residential building at the end of the 17th century.

These days, visitors experience authenticity with historic gardens and lifestyle. The living and working rooms of the castle are originally furnished and show the sophisticated culture and the exquisite taste of the Effinger family. Visitors find furniture and paintings, stoves and painted wallpaper, watches and lamps, porcelain dishes and weapons from various epochs, always of the finest quality.

The gardens in their seasonal change are an oasis of calm and an invitation to stroll, smell and marvel. The kitchen and pleasure garden of the castle is a display window for rare garden and field plants as well as berries from the ProSpecieRara Foundation. In the rose garden, historic and numerous varieties of rare roses are blooming. The bistro offers the guests a choice of simple refreshments. For the children there are many games to pass the time in the castle’s barn. A visit to a castle of a different type is to choose the Trail Wildegg from Schlossfoxtrail. The visitors solve funny puzzles, decode secret messages and try to find the right track in the beautiful scenery.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Christoph Maurer (10 months ago)
Beautiful garden.good Timing now To See The flowers
Todd Austin (2 years ago)
The picture frame films sprinkled throughout the castle are well done with some good humor thrown in. Beautiful courtyard with a coffeehouse. Above average gift shop at the entry. The English style gardens outside are beautiful. There is a large playground towards the parking lot to coax the kids to get going! ;)
Darcy Nord (2 years ago)
This was an amazing experience! We loved the little videos representing the characters. It really made the story come alive.
Guido Biele (2 years ago)
Perfectly renovated castle with a well made, partially interactive, video based guided tour. Probably nicest together with children, as the guided tour is more infoTAINMENT than INFOtainment.
Sergey Y (2 years ago)
Good place, a lot of interesting things to see. A bit expansive ticket. Visit kinder game house if you have a kid.
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