Weissenau Castle, Interlaken

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#7 of 10 in Historic Sites in Bernese Oberland
Weissenau Castle is a ruined castle in the municipality of Unterseen of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryThe castle was first mentioned in the historic record as castrum Wissenowe in 1298. It is unclear whether it was built by the Lords of Rotenfluh (Unspunnen) and then given in fief to the Freiherr of Weissenau or if it was built by the Weissenau family as the center of their estates. The castle was built on what was an island at the mouth of the Aare river into Lake Thun. In the intervening centuries, the waterway silted up and the island became connected to shore. The market town of Widen grew up across the channel from the castle and in 1362 was connected to the castle by a bridge. Around 1334, the Freiherr of Weissenau joined other local nobles in a war against the growing power of the city of Bern. After the defeat of the nobles, Weissenau was forced to sell the castle and Widen to Interlaken Abbey to pay his debts. In 1365, the Abbey moved the weekly markets and yearly fair away from Widen and to the village of Aarmühle (which is now Interlaken). Losing the market devastated Widen and it began to decline.
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  • looks like an ancient meeting place, but never met any humans there. unpleasant when raining. fine on a sunny day.  more »
  • Another disappointing sotewitb nothing much left for tourist barring ruined castle... View of the lake from top is nice.  more »
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  • Very cool to climb the tower and look out over the lake. Fun ruins to explore for 15 minutes or so. Not a lot to see, just an enjoyable stop.
  • We discovered this castle by accident and it was fun to explore the ruins with zero expectations. The castle tower stairs are in food condition. I wouldn't make a special trip. You are here to hike the Alps, right!? At least it was free.
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