Hünegg Castle

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Hünegg Castle
Hünegg Castle above Lake Thun.

Hünegg Castle (German: Schloss Hünegg) is a castle in the municipality of Hilterfingen of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.[1]


Hünegg Castle was built in 1861-63 for the Prussian Baron Albert Emil Otto von Parpart. However, he was only able to enjoy the castle for a few years since he died in 1869.[2] It eventually passed to his nephew in 1883, who sold off the art collection and then in 1893 sold it to the Berlin commercial judge Karl Lehmann.[3][nb 1] He owned the property for only six years before it was acquired by Gustav Lemke-Schuckert. Lemke-Schuckert, an architect from Wiesbaden, renovated the interior in the Art Nouveau style. At the beginning of World War II the castle was sold to Oscar Haag from Küsnacht, who then sold the building to the Canton in 1958. Today it houses the Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau Museum.[4]

The interior has been meticulously preserved or recreated to give an impression as if the 19th century owners just left.

Special exhibitions[edit]

The castle as well as the castle park are available for temporary exhibitions. So the Mountain railways special exhibition in the Hünegg Castel take place for example in 2012, 2013 and 2014 from May to October.

Mountain railways special exhibition in the Hünegg Castel[edit]

One such exhibition was the Swiss Mountain Railways Special Exhibition that was mounted between May and October 2012, and again between May and October 2013. The exhibition is scheduled to return in 2014.[5]

The special exhibition is above the pioneer works of Swiss mountain railways. Mounted by Robert Ganz and Roger Rieker[6] with a budget of FS 95,000,[7] the exhibition included loaned objects from 130 individuals and 30 companies to provide visitors with an overview of rack- and adhesion railways, funicular railways, aerial cableways, ski lifts and other mountain transportation mechanisms. The loaned objects include several original objects, approximately 200 featured detailed model reproductions, over 500 photographs, over 100 documents and 10 video presentations.


  • Robert Ganz, Roger Rieker: Bau und Betrieb Schweizerischer Bergbahnen, Historischer Querschnitt, Sonderausstellung im Schloss Hünegg Hilterfingen, authors publisher, Jost Druck Hünibach 2013


  1. ^ Swisscastles.ch has the date sold to Lehmann as 1873, but the municipal website says 1893. Every source agrees on 6 years between Lehmann and Lemke and the municipal website indicate that Lemke bought it in 1899 while the museum site says renovations began in 1900. This makes the 1873 date appear incorrect.


  1. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Schloss Hünegg website" (in German). Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Official municipal website - History (German) accessed 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Swiss Castles.ch Bern: Schloss Hunegg" (in German). Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ Swiss Radio and Television (Swissinfo), broadcasting of 2013, 25 Mai: Schloss Hünegg: Warum hat der Baron eine Seilbahn im Salon? Retrieved 2014, January 17 (German)
  6. ^ Nötzi, Urs (November 2013). "Robert Ganz und seine Leidenschaft...". Eisenbahn Amateur: 558. 
  7. ^ www.hilterfingen.ch Municipality Hilterfingen, Thunter Tagblatt from February 14, 2012 newspaper article Beitrag für Ausstellung Retrieved 2014, January 24 (German)

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Coordinates: 46°44′16″N 7°39′18″E / 46.737794°N 7.654931°E / 46.737794; 7.654931