Discover Spiez, Vineyard - Switzerland

Discover Spiez, Vineyard – Switzerland

Spiez Switzerland Vineyard Located on a small peninsula on Lake Thun, the castle and its churchare of national significance. In its interactive exhibition, the Spiez Castle shows 1300 years of local history. Hands-on attractions, 3D-stations, and many more offers as for example the knight’s trail prove that there’s something for Read more…

History of Spiez Castle - Switzerland

History of Spiez Castle – Switzerland

spiez castle history
Spiez Castle History

Perhaps the main attraction of Spiez is the medieval castle located in a very picturesque place – at the foot of the mountains, on the shores of Lake Thun. This castle, like many centuries ago, is surrounded by vineyards.

Spiez Castle History
Spiez Castle History

Near the castle there is an old church built in the early Romanesque style back in the 10th century. The first mention of Spiez Castle dates back to 933. The castle was founded by order of the King of Burgundy Rudolph II. The castle walls and the main tower were built in the 12th century. In the 13th century, the town of Spiez emerged outside the castle walls.

Spiez Castle Monument
Spiez Castle History

In the 14th century, the Spiez Castle passed into the possession of the Bubenberg family. It is very difficult for me to navigate Swiss history, but as far as I managed to find out, one of the representatives of this family, the most famous, is Adrian von Bubenberg, a Bernese knight, as well as the mayor of Bern in 1468-1479. In Switzerland, he is remembered as a hero of the great battle of Murten.

Spiez Castle History 2
Spiez Castle History

Charles the Bold invaded Switzerland in June 1476. On June 9, the Burgundian army laid siege to the Murten fortress, located 25 kilometers from Bern. The city was defended by a garrison of 1,580 soldiers under the command of Bubenberg. He withstood the twelve-day siege of Charles the Bold Duke of Burgundy, which later played a decisive role in the latter’s defeat. (more…)