A Quaint Aristocratic Gem
This is what a previous private owner called the Landshut Castle in the 15th century. Being the only moated castle in the canton of Bern, even today it captures heart, eye and mind of the visitor, as he strolls through the Park along the walking trails beside the numerous streams, around the castle surrounded by the round pond, and walks over the bridges into the impressive castle court. The base design, formed by the moat and the defensive wall with tower and oriel, goes back to medieval times and served as protection from enemies and floods. The present main building, the former Bailiff’s castle, is nearly in its quadricentennial and imposes itself as a stately ruler’s mansion with an overarching stair tower. In just two hundred years, as the castle was made into a summer residence and the value of life in the open was being newly discovered, the area surrounding the garden terrace and pavilion on the water was supplemented by a Bernese owner, who planted the trees and created the gorgeous park.
The Two Museums
In the former living quarters, tastefully furnished rooms from the 17th century can be seen, which are representative of that time. Elegantly cut wood panelling and furniture, master works of cabinetry and carpentry, a room decorated with leather and bold paintings give an impression of the life of that time period, such as an amusing painting of two revellers, who were able to relish too much lush food and drink. The Swiss Museum of Wildlife and Hunting is housed in former grain houses. That is next to the permanent exhibition about our living animal world, with regular special presentations, which revolve around current questions about the protection of the wildlife and hunting. Unique and on league with the rest of Europe is the collection of historic hunting weapons and musical instruments, which were used in hunting.
Want to be the Lord of the Castle
During the summer half of the year, the castle is open for six days a week and welcomes visitors to discover its charm and its treasure. The café in the castle courtyard has a special atmosphere and is an inviting place to spend some time. The cross-vaulted cellar, the beautiful garden terrace or the ballroom can be rented for small or larger private parties, drinks receptions or banquettes. A castle tour sets an especially welcome tone.