Rietberg Castle

Pratval, Switzerland

The central tower and oldest part of the Rietberg Castle was built in the 13th century, though it may have been built around an earlier 12th-century tower. It was built for the Lords of Rietberg, who in 1286 were vassals of the Freiherr von Sax-Misox. In the 14th century they became vassals of the Bishop of Chur. At that time they held the castle and estates in Schams, Chur and Oberhalbstein and were the bishop's representative in Oberhalbstein and Oberengadin. The last male member of the Rietberg line, Johann von Reitberg, attempted to guarantee that the castle and his estates would pass to his wife, Berta von Rhäzüns, and to his relative Hermann von Landenberg. However, after his death in 1349 the Bishop of Chur claimed the castle. In 1353 he succeed in forcing the Landenbergs to sign away their claim to the castle and estates. Other claims to the castle continued to simmer until 1388 then the Bishop paid off the Lords of Rhäzüns and Lumerins to settle their claims.

The Bishop used the castle, its estates and the office of vogt as collateral for loans from a number of wealthy families or as a reward for gifts from those same families. In 1384 Eglolf von Juvalt lived in the castle. In 1398 the bishop mortgaged the castle to Jakob von Castelmur for 500 silver marks. It was mortgaged again in 1409 to Conradin Rambach and the cathedral chapter, again in 1426 to Bartolomäus Planta and in 1447 to Hans Wellenberg. In 1450 it was mortgaged to Hans Ringg, who passed it to his son Wilhelm in 1483. It continued to used as collateral into the 16th and 17th centuries. Around 1530 it went to Anton von Travers, followed by Hercules von Salis in 1554. In 1617 it came to the Planta family.

It was the site of the murder of Pompeius Planta in 1621 by Jörg Jenatsch during the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants known as the Bündner Wirren.



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

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Reto Ringger (2 years ago)
Rietberg Castle and the Knights' Hall are oases. The stay and the hospitality of Sella and Carrie are extraordinary. A really great and contemplative weekend at Rietberg Castle.
Helen Seuckan (2 years ago)
Uniquely beautiful and something very special .. The long weekends were breathtakingly beautiful every time. I will certainly keep them in special memory for a lifetime. Thank you, dear Carrie & thank you, dear Sella, for taking care of my wishes every time before our arrival ♥ and making the stay in the "Ferienresidenz von Planta" even more beautiful ♥ All the best to both of you from the bottom of my heart ..
Daniel Chanton (3 years ago)
Always worth a trip
Tim (3 years ago)
Privately owned ... but the surrounding area is very nice ...
Joanna Karska (3 years ago)
The apartment is very relaxing and home-like, unlike normal hotels. It's just one apartment (huge living room with high ceilings, bedroom and a spacious bathroom), so you get a lot of privacy there. Artful design and details together with the historic atmosphere made us really feel pampered. While there's not a lot to do in the area, it's a perfect get-away, and if you like fancy food, there's a 3-Michelin star restaurant 5 minutes by car from castle (and a more affordable restaurant and bakery owned by the same chef). Finally, our stay would not be as great if not for Sella's warm welcome and all the helpful information during our stay. Thank you!
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