In 1550-54 the von Luternau family built the Belp Old Castle in the village to the site of earlier wooden castle. The Old Castle was the administrative seat of the Herrschaft during the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Dorfstrasse 23, Belp, Switzerland
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Founded: 1550-1554
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Juan Fernández (11 months ago)
Exquisite place.
Christoph Riedwyl (12 months ago)
Kleine, feine Galerie im Schloss
Fabienne Wallimann (16 months ago)
Ganz schöner Ort
kitzune Vos (2 years ago)
Mooie plek
Karl Pfander (3 years ago)
Schloss Belp bin ich Schlosswart Karl Pfander
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