Alt-Signau Castle Ruins

Signau, Switzerland

Alt-Signau castle was the ancestral home of the Barons of Signau. The family was first mentioned in 1130 when Werner von Signau appeared in a historical record. The castle was designed to protect and control the road between the Emmental and the Aare river. In the mid-14th century the castle was abandoned when the family moved to Neu-Signau Castle on a hill across the valley.

The ruin is relatively well preserved.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Simone SCHÄR (6 months ago)
Tolle natur
Marcel Frei (7 months ago)
Mega schöner Ort
Gian Hofer (8 months ago)
Ehemaliger Sitz der Herren von Signau, bereits im 15. Jhd aufgelassen
Stefan Salvisberg (11 months ago)
Very nice rocky castle, worth the steep uphill.
Cardoso Paulo (12 months ago)
Sehr schön ideal für kleine Abenteurer
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