Holligen Castle

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Holligen Castle
Schloss Holligen
Bern in Switzerland
A snow covered field and dark trees. In the center the square castle building with three visible corner towers all of large rectangular brown stone. The roof is sharply peaked, of red-brown tile. Outbuildings partially block the view of the castle and are white with red roofs.
Holligen Castle
Holligen Castle is located in Switzerland
Holligen Castle
Holligen Castle
Coordinates46°56′37″N 7°25′07″E / 46.94361°N 7.41861°E / 46.94361; 7.41861Coordinates: 46°56′37″N 7°25′07″E / 46.94361°N 7.41861°E / 46.94361; 7.41861
Site information
Site history
Builtaround 1500
Built byWilhelm von Diesbach
MaterialsSandstone blocks

Holligen Castle is a castle in the municipality of Bern of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.[1]


The first recorded mention of Holligen is in 1257, when it was owned by the Teutonic Knights commandry of Köniz. It is likely that there was a castle here to control the Bümpliz-Köniz road and administer the estates. However, very little is known of this building. The current castle was built around 1500 by the Bernese Schultheiss Wilhelm von Diesbach. It was built in the style of a typical Burgundian castle, with a square donjon of massive stone blocks with four towers at the corners.[2] A residential hall with a staircase tower was added around 1575 for Peter von Graffenried.[3]

A map by Thomas Schöpf from 1577 and a city plan from 1623/24 both show the castle surrounded by a ring wall with several small towers. Between the 1624 plan and 1667, the square castle was expanded with the construction and expansion of the residential hall to the west. In the 18th century the castle was renovated in the Baroque style. The facade and windows were redone in 1765. The second story was renovated into an enormous great hall, about 14 m × 12.5 m × 5.6 m (46 ft × 41 ft × 18 ft) in size.[2]

Between 1991-1994 the castle was extensively renovated and repaired. Today it is owned by the Turmstiftung Schloss Holligen, a foundation that maintains the castle.

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  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. ^ a b Swiss Castles.ch (in German) accessed 28 March 2016
  3. ^ Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte (in German) accessed 28 March 2016

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