The Most Beautiful Castles in Switzerland

Chillon Castle, near Montreux
Chillon Castle, near Montreux | © Gervasio Varela / Flickr
Sean Mowbray

Despite its modern reputation as a peaceful and neutral country, the very fact that Switzerland is packed with so many beautiful castles tells the story of its war-ridden past. Here, we’ve brought together castles that could have been taken straight out of a fairytale.

1. Oberhofen Castle

Historical Landmark

Oberhofen Castle is easily recognized by its lonely white spire that juts out on to Lake Thun in the canton of Bern. The castle is as beautiful on the inside as on the outside, particularly in the chapel, which is elaborately decorated with murals dating back to the 15th century. Right next door to the park is a two and a half hectare park. Said to be one of the most beautiful green spaces in the whole country, it is littered with wonderful garden art and floral designs.

Castles of Bellinzona

Three castles were built to protect Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino. Each of the castles formed a ring, along with a fortified wall, of which little now remains. Together, these three fortresses make a visit to Bellinzona totally unique. Castelgrande is the oldest of the three and was built in the 13th century. A little higher, and perched on a hill opposite Castelgrande, is the castle of Montebello. The third and highest castle is Sasso Corbaro from which you can enjoy wonderful views of the entire city. At night, each of the three castles lights up and their full splendour is plain to see.

Montebello, Via Artore 4, 6500 Bellinzona, +41 91 825 13 42

Castelgrande, Salita Castelgrande 18, 6500 Bellinzona, +41 91 825 81 45

Sasso Corbaro, Via Sasso Corbaro 44, 6500 Bellinzona, +41 91 825 59 06

The walls of the Castelgrande
The castles of Bellinzona. Montebello is in the foreground with Sasso Corbaro in the background

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