April 15, 2011

My castle is your castle

Last weekend my friend and I took the liberty to let ourselves discover the world. Okay, maybe not exactly the world, but at least this country. And the following is what we saw:

Love the red windows

Entrance...luckily the wood was new.

This bridge brought prisoners into the dungeon

Hungry? Anyone?

Love this kitchen and its fun details.
Can you see the lady's arms on the table?

Windows like this one are just so...well, beautiful.

The view

Their little garden/playground/yard/green fairytale...not sure what they called it then.

Hmmm...I am not preggers!
On our way down again (we had to walk up and down - perfect workout!)

Quick information about this castle:
It was built in the early 12th century. Among others one of its owners included the emperor Frederick I. For a short time in the early 19th century it was turned into an all boys school until the British-American Augustus E. Jessup bought and renovated it around 1893 to make it a more comfortable place to live in. Polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth inherited it from his father in 1925. A few years after his death his wife sold this castle together with its contents to a foundation by the state and the castle's city. It was renovated for quite some years, and reopened its doors in the late 1980s again. Today it ranks among the oldest and most important castles of Switzerland.

The only drawback was and well still is, there is not a lot of valid information available in English. I do not fully believe everything Wikipedia shares, and whatever is available is in German (so not gonna work for y'all!). Another tiny drawback was that although this museum is cute, and quite interesting there is hardly anything available in English (not even on its website), so we asked ourselves how people enjoy walking through this place...sad but true. I just thought I'm gonna share some quick historical post with you!!

It was a hot and fun day!
That's for sure.

Excuse my ugly pictures, and the fact that I had a bad hair and outfit day. 
Love that shirt though, however it just makes me look huge. :(

Have a fantastic Friday, and happy mid-April!
Amazing how fast this week went.


♥ S ♥


Jessi said...

I think your pics are great! Looks like a wonderful place

Kori said...

Wow gorgeous photos. I would love to visit! Kori xoxo

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

"Excuse my ugly pictures, and the fact that I had a bad hair and outfit day."

No no no. You look great! And it looks like a wonderful time. It is such a lovely country.

Kristin said...

What a beautiful place! Totally worth the visit even with the absence of english. haha : )

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That is awesome! I am a huge history person and LOVE going to historical locations and museums. It's amazing to think about the history that has taken place there and how you are standing in that very same location.

Is German spoke freqiently in Switzerland (excuse my ignorance :)?

And you look fine! Super cute :)

Meghan said...

These are just beautiful! As a history teacher, I totally geek out over landmarks and historical sites!

And you look totally adorable, btw!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow gorgeous pictures!

p.e.v. said...

Wow, so beautiful! I would love to visit there one day!

Anonymous said...

♥nice post.)) love your blog♥

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How pretty! It seems like such a great place to tour. Too bad they didn't have a lot of stuff in english.

samnhal said...

Yay, you were right, I loved this post! That is so amazing that you guys were able to go there. It just so beautiful. Seriously beautiful. That's so awesome that you have these things close by you! And your pictures are fabulous.

Ocean Dreams said...

Gah here are the castle pictures! I was wondering how your trip was and how lovely the castle was. Thanks for the history lesson too - you know I love the history and I know you do too! :) I wanna go there now - gorgeous!


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